CULINARY ARTS: Vermont apple pie

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a 9-inch pie pan with the larger of the two crusts you rolled out. I found it easier to position the crust if it is on the bottom sheet of wax paper, which you invert and then peel off.

Mix the sliced apples with the sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour. Pour it into the pie shell and dot with slices of butter.

Cover with the top piecrust. Trim off the excess dough, and then pinch the edges together. Poke vent holes in the top. (Mom always made the letter “A” for apple. I assume it was apple, anyway.)

To make the pie festive, make autumn leaves and arrange on top. Mix in a bit of yellow food coloring in half the remaining dough and some red coloring in the other. The only practical way of doing so is with your hands. Be prepared to have yellow and red fingers for two days.

Using leaf-shaped cookie cutters or a sharp knife, cut out several red and yellow leaves and arrange them on top of the pie. Mix the remaining bits of red and yellow dough together to make orange dough and repeat. Draw “veins” in the leaves with the sharp knife.

You can also make an egg wash (some egg mixed with a bit of water) and paint it over the pie. That’ll give it a nice shine when it’s done baking.

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