Prepare Baked Pastry Shell. For filling, in a small bowl combine apple juice and tapioca. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. In a large saucepan combine apples, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and tapioca mixture. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.
Spoon the filling into baked pie shell. Cool for 1 hour. Serve warm or cover and chill before serving. If desired, top with whipped topping. Makes 8 servings.
Baked Pastry Shell
In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over flour mixture and toss with a fork until all of the dough is moistened. Shape into a ball.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough from center to edges into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge. Fold under extra pastry; crimp edge. Generously prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork.
Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes more or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.