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Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 55 minutes

Makes

8 servings

This pie is special to me because I won a blue ribbon for it at the local fair and was able to compete at the state farm show. —Collette Gaugler, Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • WALNUT LAYER:
  • 3/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 6 cups sliced peeled tart apples (4-5 medium)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 teaspoon 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust even with rim.
  2. In a small bowl, mix walnut layer ingredients until blended. Spread onto bottom of crust. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  3. For filling, in a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla. In a small bowl, mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; add to apple mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Pour filling over walnut layer; dot with butter. Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edge. Brush top with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Cut slits in crust.
  5. Place pie on a baking sheet. Bake 55-65 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cover edge loosely with foil during the last 10 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup shortening until crumbly. Gradually add 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough in half and shape into disks; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
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  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 611 calories, 36g fat (10g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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