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Friday, August 13, 2010

Duncan Hines and Clara Hines Apple Pie Recipes

Today is the Duncan Hines Festival in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mr. Hines, a native of Bowling Green, is known throughout the world for his books on cooking and eating. With his wife, Clara Hines, permission here are their recipes for apple pie. No, they could not agree on the best recipe.

Clara Hines Apple Pie
6-8 slices
print recipe - this will print both recipes

1 1/2 cups sifted flour
pinch salt
2 tablespoons poultry fat
2 tablespoons butter
3 3/4 tablespoons ice water

1/4 pound butter
1 cup sugar
1 heaping tablespoon sifted flour
6 to 8 Winesap apples

Sift together flour and salt. Cut in poultry fat and butter, add ice water, and mix gently. Roll thin and place in a 9-inch pie tin that has been heavily buttered. Save the leftover pastry to make strips for the top.

For filling, slice half the butter over the crust. Mix together sugar and 1 heaping tablespoon flour; sprinkle half this mixture over the buttered crust. Peel and chop enough apples to fill the pie tin, heaped up. Cover with remaining sugar mixture. Top with strips of pastry and slice remaining butter over the top. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes; lower temperature to 350 degrees F and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Duncan Hines Apple Pie

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sifted flour
1/2 grated nutmeg
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
6 to 8 Winesap apples thinly sliced

Combine all ingredients except apples. Add apples and stir gently but thoroughly. Butter a 9-inch pie tin heavily before putting in you pastry. Fill the shell with the apple mixture and place pastry strips over the top. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; then reduce heat to 250 degrees and bake 35 to 40 minutes longer.

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