Denís Apple Pie Den & Donna

1 basic crust recipe or pre-made crust of your choice
7 or 8 tart green apples (about 1 cup each) McIntosh, Granny Smith, etc.
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 or 2 tsps. lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
pinch of nutmeg
2 tbsps. instant tapioca or 1 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. unsalted butter

Peel the apples and slice them thinly. Put them in a medium bowl and sprinkle them with the lemon juice.

Stir the dry ingredients together, sprinkle this mixture over the apples and toss gently to coat evenly. Set aside for 1/2 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan with rolled out pie crust. Tip the apples into the crust, heaping in the middle. Dot with the butter. Roll out the second crust and lay atop the apples. Crimp the edges and make 4 or 5 slits in the top crust.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 35 Ė 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for one hour.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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