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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Apple Pie

The slurry (a mixture of flour and water that's whisked together) is the secret to keeping the low-fat crust tender.

Cooking Light JULY 2002

  • Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • Filling:
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled Braeburn apples (about 8 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°.

To prepare crust, lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1/2 cup flour, ice water, and vinegar, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry. Combine remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add slurry; toss with a fork until flour mixture is moist.

Divide dough in half. Gently press each half into a 4-inch circle on 2 sheets of overlapping heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with 2 additional sheets of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll 1 dough half, still covered, into a 12-inch circle. Roll other dough half, still covered, into an 11-inch circle. Chill dough 10 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.

To prepare filling, combine the apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine 2/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples; toss well to coat.

Remove top 2 sheets of plastic wrap from 12-inch dough circle; fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray, allowing dough to extend over edge. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Spoon filling into dough; brush edges of dough lightly with water.

Remove top 2 sheets of plastic wrap from 11-inch dough circle; place, plastic wrap side up, overfilling. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Press edges of dough together. Fold edges under, and flute. Cut 4 (1-inch) slits into top of pastry using a sharp knife. Brush top and edges of pie with egg white; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.

Place pie on a baking sheet; bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove pie from oven), and bake an additional 40 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 293
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 9.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 50.1g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 153mg
  • Calcium: 10mg
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