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Bake, Desserts, Thanksgiving

Oven-Fried Apple Pie with Spiced Shortening Crust

Oven-Fried Apple Pie with Spiced Shortening Crust
Evan Sung / For The Times

The secret is shortening, which not only makes the crust extra flaky, but also eliminates the need to chill the crust before rolling. Fresh apple cider adds a subtle sweetness to the crust and makes it tender. Read more

2 ½ hours, largely unattended. Serves 12.

Shortening crust

  • 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated or organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup trans-fat-free vegetable shortening, cut in cubes and chilled
  • ¼ cup fresh apple cider

Filling

  • 3 ½ pounds apples, preferably a mix of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated or organic sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
The cooled pie can be covered tightly with plastic wrap and kept at room temperature overnight.

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