Jim Woodworth’s Honey Apple Pie

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Jim Woodworth started entering his pies in the Colorado State Fair in the mid ’90s. His second year in competition, so many of Woodworth’s 150 (!) entries won ribbons that he was crowned King of the Kitchen. It was a gender-busting moment: “In Colorado, they’d never had a man win the contest before,” said Woodworth, pointing to a silver prize bowl incongruously etched, “Queen of the Kitchen.” “Yeah, they jumped the gun on that,” Woodworth laughs. “Just shows how unexpected my win really was.” Woodworth has spent years tweaking this favorite apple pie recipe. His latest version includes three kinds of apples, and raw honey (Jim’s a beekeeper, too.)

Makes one nine-inch, two-crust pie

For filling Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 small Granny Smith apples
  • 2 medium-sized Pink Lady apples
  • 2 medium-sized Golden Delicious Apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup honey

For crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 stick vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp ice water

Instructions

  1. Make filling: Pare, core and thinly slice all apples, keeping Granny smith in a separate bowl from the others. Steam Granny Smith apples 3 minutes. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Toss all apples–including Granny Smit–with dry ingredients. Heat honey for 30 seconds. Drizzle honey over apples. Let rest.
  2. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in shortening. Slightly beat egg with ice water and vinegar. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until you can gather dough into a ball. On heavily floured surface, roll out half of the dough to make bottom crust. Fit into pie dish. Roll out top crust. Fill bottom crust with filling. Dampen top edge of bottom crust with water. Top with upper crust. Cut slits in top crust. Pinch two crusts together, fluting the edge as you go. Cover edges with foil. Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350. Remove foil. Bake 25 minutes more.

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