In 1968 my Grandmother Burford gave me the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook for Christmas.
The cookbook spent time packed away in a trunk. It moved with me from location to location, from school to various jobs, from one apartment to another.
When I finally settled down it became my "go to" cookbook. One of my favorite recipes is for Perfect Apple Pie, on page 238 of the 1968 edition.
Perfect Apple Pie
6-8 tart apples, pared, cored, and thinly sliced (6 cups)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
2 tablespoons butter
Oven 400 degrees
If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Combine sugar, flour, spices, and dash salt; mix with apples.
Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry.
Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter.
Adjust top crust, cutting slits for escape of steam; seal.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or till done.
Hot From the Oven
Each time I pull out the old BHG Cookbook I feel like I am spending time with Grandmother. She passed away in 1985.
This piece is for Grandmother B.
I know she would approve.