Recipe courtesy of Anna Valison

Apple Pies

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 15 hr
  • Prep: 3 hr
  • Cook: 12 hr
  • Yield: 96 servings
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Pie Filling:

50 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and chopped coarsely

44 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and chopped coarsely

3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons apple pie spice

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

4 cups sugar

1/2 cup lemon juice

Pie Crust:

5 pounds flour

2 pounds vegetable shortening

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons salt

4 cups water


  1. For the filling: Mix the apples with the pie filling ingredients in a bowl and let stand overnight, refrigerated.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. For the pie crust: In a large bowl, combine the flour, shortening, salt, and sugar and mix together to a fine consistency, with no lumps of shortening. Then, add the water and knead until the mixture is moist and consistent. Don't over do it.
  4. Divide the dough into 24 pieces. Roll out 2 pieces of the dough so that it is 2 inches larger than the pie pan. Place 1 piece of the dough in a large pie pan. Add the fruit mixture to about 1 to 1 1/2-inches above pie pan. Place the remaining piece of over the filling to make the top crust and crimp around the edges to seal. Cut slits in the top crust for steam to escape during baking. Bake until crusts are golden brown.
  5. Repeat this process 11 more times.