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Sister's Day Apple Pie

Loomis Sisters' Recipe
Emeril’s Apple Pie Contest 2001
Good Morning America

Nov. 6, F U L T O N, N.Y. — My entry into the Good Morning America apple
pie contest is more than a recipe. It is a story of family, heritage and tradition.
This recipe is a tradition of keeping family ties close, modeling the joy of being sisters to our young girls, and a celebration of our family's firefighting heritage.
I am from a family of five children, three sisters and two brothers.
Our home was simple, warm and busy. Our mom often made extra money by
selling her homemade pies to the local restaurant. Our dad has dedicated his
life to the village volunteer fire department. How much more American does
it get! So, we girls want to get in on the blessings and send an apple pie to
the firefighters.

[This entry was submitted by Sandy Forbes Loomis. She shares the recipe
that appears below with her sisters, Diane Forbes Preston, and Patty Forbes
Van Vleck. The three sisters meet and make pie each year on Sister's Day.
See full story at bottom of page.]


Sister's Day Apple Pie

Ingredients, bottom crust for 6 pies
(or top and bottom for three pies):

4 cups unbleached white flour
1 1/2 cups Crisco shortening

Directions for Crust:
1. Cut together with pastry blender until you have a crumbly mixture.
2. Sprinkle with 10 Tbsp. ice water and toss together. Pat into balls
and roll out for bottom crusts.

Ingredients for filling:
Apples (mixture of Cortland, Macintosh
and Spy apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp soft butter

Directions for Filling:
1. Peel, core, slice apples, layer inside pie.
2. Mix sugars, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and place on top of
the apples.
3. Dot each pie with 1 tablespoon soft butter.
4. Repeat crust recipe for top crust, as needed.
5. Place top crust on top of filling, crimp edge, and cut air vents on
top of pie crust.
6. Sprinkle generously with sugar.
7. Bake 350 degrees for one hour or longer until bubbly and golden.

Note: The secret is in the crust which is learned by experience of touch
and sight. Also baking at 350 instead of the usually recommended 400
improves the flakiness of the crust.


God Bless America, Mom and Apple Pie.
Recipe courtesy of Sandy Forbes Loomis,
Diane Forbes Preston, Patty Forbes VanVleck

 Pie and Sisterhood

Mom's pie crust is beyond comparison. It is the most flaky and tender crust
that we have ever found. Fortunately, she passed the skill on to us.
We three sisters are very diverse: one is a PhD and a Spanish professor, one
is a church secretary, and one operates a home-based business in the hunting industry. One is the mother of four big boys, one is the mother of two little
girls, and one is the best aunt you could ask for. One was married at age 19,
one at age 47. Two are conservative, one is liberal. Yet, we have the ties that
bind in our heritage and family.
To help preserve and pass that heritage down, we have our annual autumn
Sister's Day. We all live within two hours drive of each other so we can get
together without too much difficulty.
We gather at one of our homes to have a canning and baking day. The day
starts out early with a trip to the local farmer's market and apple orchard to
buy the apples and other produce. Of course, high on the list of activities is
lots of talk, giggles, laughter and tears. We can make applesauce, pickles
or other items, but we always make apple pies.
One sister peels and cores the apples (she has a neat gadget), one sister makes
the pie crust and the third makes the sweet seasoning mix. The little girls get
in on the action by being helping hands in all areas. Have you ever tried to
roll out pie crust with four hands?
But they see us working together, sharing and laughing. They learn the family heritage and they learn how to cook. The pies are divided between the families.
Some are baked and eaten right away, and the rest are frozen and set aside for
our Thanksgiving dinner.
All that in itself is special, but the reason that the American apple pie contest
for the New York City firefighters spoke to my heart is the men in our family.
Our dad has been an active volunteer firefighter for 58 years in Mexico, N.Y.
He is 77 years old and still goes to every fire and rescue call that his village department receives (daytime — he stopped doing the nighttime calls a few
years ago). He is a firetruck driver and also the company record keeper and photographer. He has held every position that the department has. Our brother
who has belonged to the same department for 30 years is also passing on this heritage. His son and son-in-law have also become volunteer firefighters. It is
a very proud thing for our dad to have three generations active in the same department helping people and serving the community. A few weeks ago our firefighters gave their time for a Saturday and conducted a boot drive in our
little village and raised $5,000 to send to the New York City families of fire-
fighters lost in the Trade Towers. Our dad had tears in his eyes and a lump
in his throat when he told me of the day and the amount that was raised.

Sandy Forbes Loomis

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