Use the old-fashioned method.
- Select firm, tart apples. Scale after peeling and coring.
- Combine the apple slices and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. Toss to coat apples with the juice.
- Mix together with sugar, cornstarch, salt, and spices. Add to the apples and toss gently until well mixed.
- Fill the pie shells, packing down the apples well. Dot the tops with pieces of butter before covering with top crusts. Bake at 400°F (200°C) about 45 minutes.