Macintosh Apple Pie (the real thing)

Look at this!  When I say Apple, do you think "apple"?  When I say, "Macintosh," do you think, "apple"?

Jim Hamm says he's going to see if Zee will make him this pie. He wrote, so I wrote back that he could try to make it himself and let us know.  He responded with "I can't cook at all.  That's why I whine and plead like a real man to get Zee to cook a pie like this."
Here from is the one you'll want if you like apple pie.

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Actually, they call this "Grace's Vermont Apple Pie,"  by Grace Mayer


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons very cold butter
  • Grated rind 1/2 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small bits and add to flour mixture. Using your fingers, cut in the butter until it has the texture of coarse cornmeal. Add the lemon rind. Separate the eggs and set the whites aside. Beat the yolks with the water and add to the mixture, stirring quickly with a fork.
Gather the dough into a ball and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

  • 8-12 McIntosh Apples
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cut brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Take one quarter of the dough and put it back in the refrigerator. The remaining piece will be the bottom crust. Roll out the crust between two pieces of wax paper. The crust should be as round as possible and should fit into the pie plate with the edges hanging over.

Carefully peel the wax paper off one side and lightly lay the paper back on. Flip the dough over and carefully peel the wax paper off this side. Place in the pie plate and carefully peel off the remaining paper. Fit the dough into the plate and cut off any extra from the edges.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pare the apples and cut them into thick slices. One apple should yield only about 8-10 slices. Place the sliced apples into the crust. Dot the top with the butter. Sprinkle the brown sugar, flower and cinnamon over the top. Set aside.

Roll out the remaining dough between two new pieces of wax paper. Make this piece as square as possible. Peel the paper off the bottom crust. Use a fork to flatten the edges.

Brush the top of the pie with the leftover egg white and sprinkle lightly with some sugar. Place in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Watch the pie for the last five minutes. It may need a little more or less time. depending on your oven. When it is evenly browned, remove and cool before slicing.

(No, we won't publish everyone's recipe in our PMUG news blog.  But, hey, this is Apple, and it is Macintosh!)