Truly Scrumptious Apple Pie

 

This pie is inspired by the recipe Delicious Apple Pie from the Blue Ribbon Pies cookbook, published by Consumers Union, edited by Maria Polushkin Robbins - my all-time favorite pie recipe. I read about the apple layering technique in The Flavor Bible, so every bite of this pie has different textures and flavors of apples. My pie dough is adapted from the recipe for Flaky Pie Dough in the cookbook Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. You'll have enough dough for 2 pies. And one of my favorite movies is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, hence the title. - mrslarkin

What you will need

630 grams unbleached all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur; about 5 cups)

2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

11 ounces very cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

6 ounces very cold vegetable shortening, cut into chunks

About 1/2 cup ice water

2 chilled pie dough disks, or 1 unbaked 9" pie shell with top crust

3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for decorating, if desired

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

2 cups Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

2 cups Macintosh apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

3 wedges of fresh lemon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons cream or milk

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