Do you feel making pies should be left to blue ribbon winners at fairs?
Throw this notion out with that uncooperative batch of pie dough!
You-can-do-it apple pie
Start with the pie crust..
Pie Crust (You'll say, "This crust doesn't hate me!")
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons milk
Mix the above ingredients together and work it with your hands to make a big ball of dough.
Take about half the dough and press it evenly into a greased pie plate. Keep the remaining half nearby.
Apple pie filling:
6 apples, washed, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Place the apple slices inside the formed pie crust.
In a saucepan, heat the butter and flour together to make a paste. Mix in the remainder of the ingredients (sugar, brown sugar, water and cinnamon). Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat down, but keep on the stove, stirring every once in a while. Don't keep the heat on longer than 5 minutes or so.
That is just enough time to...
Roll out the remainder of the pie crust dough on a floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Lay them on top of the apples in an attractive design. (Extra dough freezes well.)
Pour the stovetop mixture over the top of the apples and the cookies on top. Just pour, pour, pour--making sure not to overflow or splash.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 and bake for another 40 minutes.
You might want to place a sheet a foil under the pie plate to save your oven from overflows (mine did not overflow--probably depends on the size of your pie plate.)
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