Perfect Apple Pie
6 cups (about 6 to 8) tart apples, pared, cored and thinly sliced
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash ground nutmeg
pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 400:F. Prepare pastry for pie crust. If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, spices, and dash salt; mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Adjust top crust, cutting slits for escape of steam; seal. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400:F for 50 minutes or till done.
For an Apple Crumb Pie: Prepare as above, except substitute single-crust pastry recipe for double-crust pastry recipe. Stir together 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in 3 Tbsp butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apple mixture.