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The Honorable Howard Coble

United States Congressman, North Carolina

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Sixth District Apple Pie

Ingredients for Crust:
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or shortening
5 Tablespoons water
1 egg, beaten
Ingredients for Filling:
1-1/2 pounds peeled and diced cooking apples (4 to 5 cups)
6 ounces light brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
5 Tablespoons flour
Grated rind of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Crust: Mix flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Add cold water gradually and stir just until dough is moistened. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Place half of dough on floured pastry cloth. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut 11-inch diameter circle; place in 9-inch pie tin. Prick surface lightly and bake 5 minutes in 400-degree oven. Brush with a little beaten egg and bake 1 minute longer.

Filling: Combine the filling ingredients. Place apple mixture in crust. Roll top crust as above and place on top of pie. Trim excess dough and crimp edges to seal. Cut 3 to 4 vents in top of crust, then brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour at 400 degrees or until golden brown.

Serves: 8

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