At Rice Fruit Company, we pride ourselves on our Pennsylvania Golden Delicious. Our golds are a little, “cheeky,” with a hint of red blush and an outstanding flavor that makes it one of the most versatile varieties we grow. There’s nothing like a freshly picked Golden Delicious right out of the orchard to eat out of hand, or adding it to a spring salad, and it has been rumored that they make the very best apple pie.
So we decided to make a version of Muriel Rice’s traditional Rice Family Apple Pie.
2 cups flour + more for rolling
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
5 Tbsp. ice water
10 Golden Delicious Apples- peeled, cored and sliced
Sugar- 1 cup (these are a sweet apples, so feel free to adjust accordingly)
Nutmeg- a dash or more, as this is a specific and preferential spice
Cinnamon- 1 tsp., or more depending on your preference
Lemon Juice- just a splash
Butter- 4 pats (about 1 Tbsp. each)
For the crust, mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Next, cut in the shortening, and then add the ice water. With your hands, draw it up into a ball, then cut in half and roll out on a well-floured surface.*
Lay the first crust on the bottom of your pie dish.
Serve with your choice of topping! We love whipped cream.
*If you are an inexperienced “dough handler,” we would suggest refrigerating the dough for about 1 hour prior to rolling out.