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Lattice-Top Apple Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie

My mother and grandmother were exceptional pie bakers, as were most of the old-school Pennsylvania Dutch, and this is the apple pie recipe they made. To this day, it is the best apple pie I have ever made or tasted. Serve for a family dinner or a special occasion dessert. After they became available, my mother always used Granny Smith apples. They hold up well in baking and have great flavor. I still use Granny Smith, but sometimes include a small amount of another variety, such as McIntosh.


Preheat oven to 425° F. Combine apple slices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, lemon rind and lemon juice in large bowl. Roll out half of pastry dough and place in a 9-inch deep dish pie pan. Place the apple mixture into the pie pan. Dot with butter.

Roll out remaining half of pastry dough. Cut into strips. Place on top of apples making a crisscross pattern. Beat the egg yolk with the water and brush on top of the dough. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Remove pie from oven and cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or room temperature.

Notes: If desired, make pastry dough for a single crust pie and omit the lattice top. Alternately, you can skip the lattice and cover with a whole sheet of dough, cutting slits here and there for steam to escape. Sometimes, my mother used a little less sugar and drizzled dark corn syrup over the apples before baking.