French Apple Pie

 

Just like finger prints every baker has their own apple pie recipe. If you're anything like me you are in a perpetual state of trying to perfect that pie. I believe we're all looking for a flakier crust, a filling that's tender but not mushy with a flavor that's sweet but still lets the apples shine through; and with something special that makes it uniquely your own. Here's my latest attempt at apple pie perfection.

What you will need

2 cups white whole wheat flour

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

1 tablespoon raw cane sugar

3 to 4 tablespoons ice water, just enough to form dough

4-5 large baking apples, Granny Smith or Honeycrisps

1/2 cup water, give or take

1 teaspoon potato starch

1/4 cup raw cane sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon lemon rind

1/2 raisins

1 egg, cracked and beaten

1 & 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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