Thursday, February 10, 2011

~ A Different Apple Pie ~

FORWARD:  This is a rerun! If you read my previous post, you'll know the "why".  :-) 

This is one of the best apple pies ever!  It's made a little differently but that adds to the overall flavor.  I'm posting the original recipe and noted my changes along the way.

1 recipe pastry for a double crust  9" pie ~  I allowed the frozen crusts to thaw as I mixed the rest.
1/2  c. unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced ~ I used 6 apples and you can see it was plenty.
I added cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice...more cinnamon than anything! Did not have Apple Pie Spice on hand.

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. (I used a whisk to ensure there were no lumps & continued using it after adding the water & both sugars. Once the mixture was smooth, I stirred with a wooden spoon.) Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.  (As you will see, I did not do the lattice work crust.)

3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft. I covered the pie in foil after the first 15 min as it was already browning. I also baked it an hour at 350'...apples were still not tender. I then turned the oven off and left the pie inside, covered until the oven cooled. Perhaps I used too many apples??  ;-)

First, the peeling/coring/slicing of the apples ~

All peeled and tossed with a small amount of lemon juice to help prevent early browning.

Now, the bottom crust ~

I used Marie Callender's frozen pie crusts ~ 2 in a package. Let me tell you, they are the closest to homemade that you will find....and so much easier!  I really stuffed the apples in here ~ :-)

Be SURE and have your pan/cookie sheet lined with foil!  Hopefully will avoid spills & running over. Now, pour the liquid ingredients over the apples....and be very careful as it is hot and tends to run every which way. I moved some of the apples around a bit with a fork in this process. 

That part is done!  Now we add the top crust.  I cut 3 apple shapes out of the center of the 2nd pie crust to vent as well as placing the little apple shapes on top as decoration.

I used the tiny cutters I had from Williams-Sonoma.

I brushed milk over the entire top crust and sprinkled with sanding sugar...helps the browning and a prettier crust when baking is complete.

All done and your kitchen will smell like heaven! 

I am so NOT a photographer but I don't understand how some pics came out larger than others. You can tell those that are blurry didn't publish well.  :-(
I do hope that you will try this!  I know you'll find it as delicious as we all did.
I will be joining  ~



  1. Apple Pie is one of David's favorites. I should make him one, huh? It looks delicious! I'm happy to see you getting settled in enough to share your treats with us. Have a wonderful evening!

  2. I may try it sometime...we love home made apple pie! XO Yum, I smell your pie from here. Have a piece for me.

  3. Oh...that looks SOOOO good. Save me a piece, will you? I'll bring my own coffee. I make apple pies but I have never tried that brand of pie crusts. Are they better than the Pillsbury ones in the dairy case? Hope it warming up for you there--and if not, you can warm your insides with delicious pie. In WI they serve it with a slice of cheddar cheese...go figure! Hugs- Diana

  4. Your's looks delicious!

    You did a great job and I bet they are delicious especially with a big scoop of vanilla icecream!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. This looks delicious, Pat. I'll take mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!!


  6. I think Marie Callendar's frozen pie crust is the best thing next to sliced bread!!! This sounds delish. I hate it when the apples don't cook. I tried a recipe once where you pan fried the apples a little and they did great, but I don't know where that went. The gooey carameley topping sounds fabulous. Wish I had a big slice with some great vanilla ice cream right now - oops that might spoil, I mean replace, dinner.

  7. I am drooling here!!!
    Sound soo good!!

  8. I have never made a pie from scratch but I really give it a go. I wish we had good quality pie shells here in oz. We just don't seem to have these kinds of goodies over here.

    Best Valentine's wishes,

  9. OK! YUMM!!! Im headed over for a slice! I will bring the VINO...
    Hhhmm, wine and pie??? lets give it a shot!


  10. Hi Pat...

    Mmmm...your apple pie looks and sounds sooo scrumtious, my friend! I love how you added the pretty little cut outs to the top of the pie! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us, dear friend! Sure wished I were there...a cup of coffee, a slice of your yummy pie and we could spend the entire afternoon just visiting!!!

    Well my dear, how are you fairing? I heard that ya'll are having some pretty cold weather. My youngest daughter is just north of Dallas and she said it's been awful cold. Of course, I would willingly trade your Texas cold for our Colorado cold! Wanna??? Hehe! Take care, dear friend!

    Warmest Valentine wishes, sweet friend!

    Love ya,

  11. I absolutely love apple pie. Would love to try a slice of yours! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Blessings, Beth

  12. Oh mercy me! Your pictures are surely clear enough for me to know this looks delicious.

    Thank you for sharing with us. :)

  13. Mmm. I haven't made apple pie in way too long. I wish I had a slice right now.


  14. Look wonderful, I can almost smell it baking.

    I'd love to have you stop by and link up with Sweet Tooth Fridays!

  15. Yum!!! I can smell it baking!!!
    I haven't seen Marie's pie crust....I must look for them!

  16. Hi Pat,
    The Sun is finally shinning...Wa Hoo!
    You are so right, this looks like a great Apple Pie. Apple Pie is always a big hit here. Thank you so much for bringing your lovely pie to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  17. There's nothing better than a wonderful apple pie! I've never tried the Marie Callender pie crusts, I'll have to look for them.

    Thanks so much for your visit. I forgot to link the Limoncello recipe to my lemon curd recipe. I've fixed that now :)

  18. Looks like a great pie. I love how you filled it up so high!

  19. Oh my! I sure would take a slice or two ;)


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