Did you know that November 3rd is Sandwich Day? It was on this day back in 1718 that John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was born and the culinary world has been all the richer for it! Whether you’re a fan of the humble peanut butter and jelly or prefer a gourmet treat, the sandwich has been satisfying hungry tummies since the Earl of Sandwich created this meal between two slices of bread nearly 250 years ago.
Check out cookbooks about sandwiches.
Preheat oven to 375
4 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 ½ Teaspoon salt
1 ½ Cup shortening, or lard ( can use a combination of both, not to exceed 1 1/2 cups total)
1 egg beaten
1 Tablespoon of white vinegar
½ cup of water (add a little more if necessary, to make a soft dough)
Directions: combine dry ingredients, cut in shortening or lard .Mix egg, water and vinegar and add to dry ingredients; knead to make soft dough ball. (I mix and knead dough in a large mixer using the knead hook attachment). Divide dough into four equal parts and form disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until ready to use. (Freeze if you are not going to use within 4 days).
Apple Pie Filling
7 cups of pared, diced and pared apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 Teaspoons cinnamon
1 Cup of sugar
½ Cup of brown sugar
½ Teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons of butter
4 Tablespoon flour
4 Tablespoons milk
- Roll out the separated dough discs to fit into two pie plates.
- Mix dry ingredient, then add apples and lemon juice, let stand for 15 minutes.
- Stir and divide, placing apple mixture into two pie crusts.
- Dab each filling with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 Tablespoons milk
- Add top crusts and cut in several vents
- Cover pies with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
- Remove foil and bake for additional 15 minutes.
October is National Apple Month.
Does anything evoke autumn quite like the smell of apples? Apples do it for me because I have fond memories of going to a local orchard as a child, sitting in front of their enormous fireplace and biting into the flesh of a deliciously ripe and crisp apple, surrounded by the sight, scent, smell, and taste of all things apple.
Overwhelmed by the choice of dozens of apple varieties at markets and groceries? Check out The Best Apples to Buy and Grow.
Relax with a mug of mulled cider, enjoying the last bit of October calm before the start of the holiday frenzy. Learn to make your own cider.
In the mood for some baking? Try a recipe from Apple Pie Perfect.