Lascassas female delivers dwelling blue at Tennessee State Truthful for apple pie

Kandace Wysock

A Rutherford County grandmother took dwelling leading prize from 23 entries for the Tennessee Point out Good Apple Pie Contest before this thirty day period.

Linda Trusty of Lascassas took household initially place for “Memaw’s Apple Pie,” which she adapted from her grandmother’s recipe. In addition to bragging legal rights, Trusty took property $500 and a one particular-of-a-kind commemorative slicing board. She also acquired an entry spot for the Entire world Foodstuff Championships Dessert Division in Dallas in 2022.

Though her household and good friends rave over her apple pie and she generally has any individual inquiring her to make 1, Trusty was admittedly anxious about coming into hers in the contest, which was held Aug. 15 at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.

“Anyone else’s experienced lattice topping and the crumb topping and they experienced them all frilled up,” said Trusty as the heat smell of apple pie wafted by way of her kitchen.

Pies ended up judged 25% on visual appearance, 25% no originality and 50% on flavor. Trusty was not confident she experienced a prospect. She nicknamed hers the “small ugly duckling pie” simply because it was “just a pie.”

“My pies search home made. They don’t search like they appear from a bakery,” Trusty mentioned. “They truly appear like they come from Grandma’s kitchen.”

Trusty watched closely for reactions like wrinkled faces, smiles and smacks of their lips. Although most judges ate only a chunk or two of each individual entry, one ate the total slice. She grew to become optimistic.

A dozen of the entries, together with Trusty’s, moved to the following spherical of competitors. But judges moved her entry to a table aside from the other folks. Her coronary heart fell. 

“I imagined, ‘Darn, which is not excellent. I guess they have just kicked my pie to the control,'” Trusty recalled.

What she uncovered was they were placing the very best pie apart and trying to make your mind up on 2nd- and third-spot winners.

“I guess they decided quickly. The a person judge claimed it was the best pie he’d ever eaten,” Trusty explained. A further choose told her the pie was “the greatest pie at any time, really don’t transform a point.”

The Gainesboro native credits her upbringing for currently being capable to deliver the ideal pie.

Increasing up on a farm, Trusty watched her mama and “memaw” prepare dinner and bake all the time.

“Almost never did we even go to the retailer except for sugar and flour. They often canned and set every thing absent and we raised our personal meat,” Trusty claimed.

She learned people time-honored methods to Southern-fashion cooking, like how to bake pies.

“I test to hold accurate to (the traditions) as significantly as I can these days,” Trusty said. “At times usefulness outweighs.”

There are a few insider secrets to creating the ideal apple pie. 

  • When baking the crust, use ice-cold drinking water and super-chilled butter.
  • Let the dough rest in the fridge after you have built it.
  • Roll out the every segment of dough as slim as you can.
  • Nutmeg and a bit of clove give the proper touch of spice to the filling.
  • Apples should be sliced extremely thinly. 

Memaw’s Apple Pie


  • 6 cups apples (Granny Smith are generally most popular)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Mix effectively and pour into a pie shell.


  • 2 1/2 cups of all-goal flour
  • 2 sticks butter, slash into little squares
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Ice drinking water

Set the flour, sugar and butter in a food items processor and pulsate until the butter seems like peas blended into the flour. Pour the dough into a major bowl and increase 3 tablespoons ice h2o and mix, adding a tablespoon at a time — up to 7 or 8 — until finally your dough just sticks jointly, but not damp.

Variety into a ball and retail outlet in an air-limited bowl and location in refrigerator for a least of 1 1/2 several hours. Then pull it out and lower in 50 percent. A person 50 % is the foundation and the other the major. 

Pour every half on to a floured floor and roll as slender as you can get it devoid of it falling aside. As you pry it off the surface area, toss a tiny flour underneath and wrap it close to the rolling pin. Area that in excess of the pan and unroll it throughout the pan. 

Pour filling on and flatten it down. Then roll the other 50 % of the pie crust and area on best. Use kitchen area shears to cut the excess crust hanging more than the pan, then crimp the edge of the dough all over the pie to seal in the filling. Take a knife and reduce a cross in the middle of the best crust to vent.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 60 to 90 minutes. Take out and let rest ahead of serving.

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