Apple Pie with Buttermilk Crust

Today is Veteran’s Day.

I couldn’t think of a better way to show my appreciation than to bake an apple pie.

apple pie leavesI have made this apple pie before many, many times. But I have added my favorite ingredient as of late into the crust: buttermilk.

This is also one of the easiest pies to make. Make the dough, mix the apples and sugar together, roll out the dough, put the apples in. Done.

Well.. maybe there are a few more steps but that is essentially it.

Another thing I thought about when thinking of Veteran’s Day was what these veterans bring back with them as they obtain the veteran status.

soldier ptsd

For veterans, some great resources that are available can be found here. For those of you that are not veterans, but would like to help listening is always my first option when offering help. Some of the things they may say may be horrifying to you, but its really not about you. The biggest thing you can do is be accepting of what they have to say.

Maybe even chat with them as you are baking this pie. Using your hands while chatting can really help the words flow.

apple pie crustMaking the dough and rolling it out.

dough wrappedGiving it time to chill can give you a moment to let them talk with you with your undivided attention.

apple peelPeeling the apples can be such mindless work that can put there mind at ease.


Mixing up the apples and sugar. Pouring it in to the crust.

apple pie crust before

Covering up the apples with one whole sheet of pie crust is an option. Or you can cut it up into strips and have fun with it.

This is just one excuse to get in the kitchen, get your hands dirty, and chat with someone. Find something that works better for you or the other person.

Apple Pie with Buttermilk Crust

For the crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup shortening, chilled

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, cut and chilled

4 to 5 tablespoons iced buttermilk

To make the crust:

Combine flour and salt in food processor. Add shortening in chunks and pulse 2 or 3 times. Add butter and pulse until small chunks of dough form. Pour in tablespoons of iced buttermilk until dough barely comes together. Cover in plastic wrap and put dough in refrigerator to chill.

For the pie:

6 cups peeled, sliced apples

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons butter

To make pie:

Roll half of pastry to 1/8- inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Place in a 9-inch pieplate; set aside.

Combine apple and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and next 4 ingredients. Spoon over apple mixture, tossing gently. Spoon filling evenly into pastry shell, and dot with butter.

Roll remaining pastry to 1/8-inch thickness, cut into strips and place over pie (you can also put whole pastry over pie and put slits in the top).

Bake at 450 F for 15 minutes, and reduce heat to 350 F, and bake 50 more minutes.


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