Recipe: Lincoln’s Birthday Message to a Divided Nation and Abe Lincoln Pie

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“Let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.” – Abraham Lincoln

It has been said that Abraham Lincoln’s favorite fruit and pie was apple.  I found this recipe in a cookbook when I was visiting my daughter in Lincoln’s home state of Illinois.  I could not resist jotting down a recipe called, “Abe Lincoln Pie.”

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Photo by Nibbledish

Buttery Flaky Pie Crust:

1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chilled butter, diced
1/4 cup ice water

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut in butter with two knives, or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture forms into a ball.  Sometimes I do have to add an extra tablespoon or two of water.
Wrap in plastic and chill for 1-2 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to fit 9-inch pie plate.  Place dough in pie plate, spread out evenly and pinch the pie dough edges up until they are about 1/4 inch above pie plate rim.

Bake in 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes until almost done.

Filling:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup applesauce (any applesauce can be used, but homemade Haralson applesauce would be best, if Haralson apples are not available make sauce from any tart baking apple)
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons flour
Optional:  2 teaspoons of lemon juice if the applesauce is not tart

In a medium-sized bowl  mix ingredients together with a whisk. Pour into hot pie crust and bake at 350 degrees for another 45 minutes.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

Since, I mentioned using homemade applesauce, I feel compelled to provide the recipe. Making applesauce is so easy that even a preschooler can do it.  In fact, each year my preschool students helped make applesauce out of the apples we picked on our field trip to the local orchard.  They would help peel and slice apples, measure ingredients into the saucepan and eat the sauce at snack time.   Anything involving heat and a burn risk was the responsibility of an adult.  My students used plastic knives to slice their apples.

To make applesauce peel and core 4 apples.  Coarsely, slice apples and put them into a medium-sized sauce pan.  Add 3/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Simmer on medium heat until apples cook and resemble applesauce. Stir occasionally during the cooking process.  Cool and serve.  Or serve warm with ice cream.  After all, it’s apple pie without the crust calories.

* It is important to note that the amount a sugar needed may vary depending on the tartness of the apples.  I like tart applesauce. Also, the amount of cinnamon can be adjusted to taste. 

 

 

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