I PREPARED SEVERAL PRIZE WINNING APPLE PIES, THEN TWEEKED THEM INTO ONE RECIPE TO ACHIEVE A JUICY, FLAVORFUL PIE. MY SISTER-IN-LAW IS A PROFESSIONAL COOK. I USED HER KITCHEN TO PREPARE THIS FINAL APPLE PIE AND AFTER SERVING HER, SHE EXCLAIMED, "THIS IS THE PERFECT APPLE PIE!" I AGREED.
In large bowl, mix together apples and lemon. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, soften butter in microwave (about 30 seconds). Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, and spices. *Set aside 1/4 cup of sugar butter mix. Fold the remaining sugar butter mix evenly throughout the apple lemon mix.
Fill bottom crust with apple mix, mounded slightly in the center to reduce spill over.
Ball up and re-roll the 2nd pie crust into about 11" circle, then cut it into 1/2" or 3/4" strips for the lattice top. (I use a ruler for a straight edge.) Using the strips, cover apple pie with a lattice work crust.
*Using a rubber spatula or your fingers, spread the reserved 1/4 cup sugar butter mixture evenly on top of the lattice. The mixture is thick, but will form a thin, sweet crust on the lattice work.
*Alternate method to sweeten the lattice - Instead of brushing the top lattice crust with the sugar/butter mixture, after the pie has cooked 35-40 minutes, brush lattice with a little milk and sprinkle the top with sugar and cinnamon. (Course ground sugar works great for this.)
Bake 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven. Loosely cover the pie with tin foil to prevent burning and bake an additional 35-40 minutes.