So, I'm not a rustic girl. I love old fashioned and practical things, but the whole "burlap and lace", "iron chickens" and "beds made out of old crates"style don't really make me happy. I like them for other people but not for myself. But..... when it comes to Apple Pie, you just can't help it! This is a recipe that screams "Stir me with a wooden spoon! Bake me in a rustic pie pan!"*
Unlike most 'Americana' pies it doesn't have a top crust. I read somewhere that Apple pies like this are called Dutch Apple, and the ones with the top crust are French Apple. Or the other way round, I really can't remember. This has always been a favorite and it always disappears fast at gatherings.
5 cups cubed, peeled apples (granny smith are best)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2t. ground nutmeg
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cold butter
Toss the apples and the dry ingredients together. I let them sit in a bowl and marinate while I make the pie crust.
When you're done with the crust, gently fill your pie pan with the apples and all the yummy juices at the bottom of the bowl. When you're cutting in your butter you'll want to leave some big, yummy chunks to melt into the pie.
*To clarify: Pies don't scream. Or talk.