Kathy’s Note: What is nice about this recipe is you can make as little or as much as you would like. Plus it freezes well. You can make an 8″ pie (serves 6 easily) or 9 to 10″ pie (serves 8 to 10 easily) or little individual oval Pyrex ramekins. Once made, they can be baked or frozen and baked later. For speed on a busy morning, you can mix dry ingredients ahead of time.
- 1 pound lard
- cold milk
- 6 cups flour
- 1 beaten egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons of salt
Cut lard, flour and salt into each other using a pastry blender. Then divide up in 2 or 3 containers and place in the refrigerator. This will keep for months and will make 2 to 3 pies. When ready to make one take out one container and pour into a cold bowl and stir in with a fork enough cold milk to form a ball and leave the sides of the bowl. Divide into 2 pieces, roll out on a floured surface and place in the bottom of the pastry dish. Fill with filling below, then roll out rest of pie dough and top. Brush the top with beaten egg yolk. Cut a few slits. I take the left over rolled out dough and cut hearts out of it for “romance package guests” or cookie cutters of leaves for others. Place cut outs on top of the top crust. The crust with the egg yolk brushed on becomes a deep golden brown while the cut outs will remain lighter letting them stand out better.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 granny smith apples sliced thin
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 or 2 16oz packages of bulk pork sausage for an 8″ pie or 4 ramekins
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix dry ingredients above well. This is plenty for a 9 to 10″ pie. I usually double this and store in a plastic bag. When I make an 8 ” pie or individual little ramekins I use just what I need to heavily coat the apples. Use 2 1/2 to 3 apples for a 9 to 10 ” pie, 2 for an 8″ pie and half an apple for each individual pie. Brown sausage and onion together. Drain well placing the browned sausage in a sieve and pressing on it with a spoon. Put a layer of the sausage mixture on the bottom of the pie dough. Place a layer of coated apples on top of it, then more sausage and finish with another layer of apples before placing the top pie crust on. Fold and roll the top edge under the lower edge, pressing on the rim to seal. Flute edges. Bake for 30 minutes at 425 then reduce temperature to 350 and bake another 30 minutes.
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