Thursday, September 22, 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 so 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. Oh I want to bake an apple pie too!! That pie looks like it was so much fun to make and I am sure it was delcious. Yum!!

  2. Yum! Apple pie is my favorite pie to bake, and eat! And they are so very pretty. Will mark your recipe to try :)

  3. I LOVE apple pie and I am loving your recipe. So unusual and surely delicious. Great post!

  4. Yum! Pat you make the best recipes...ever. :)

  5. Thanks for the recipe, Pat! I have never baked an apple pie before; but, it's David's favorite. My stepdaughter is supposed to be giving me a whole bunch of apples so maybe I will treat him to one this week. Do you know if I can use a different kind of apple than Granny Smith?

  6. Mmmmm I can smell it now. And lucky for me I have a basket full of apples. :)

  7. Hi Pat,
    I just love your Apple Pie. Your combination of spice will make this pie delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  8. We just moved to CO, and the butcher was telling me about a local apple festival this weekend, perfect timing to read this!

    Thanks for linking up with Momtrends this week!

  9. Warm Apple Pie!!!! oh yum!!!

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  10. Hi Pat! I dropped by to visit, and I must say your blog is beautiful! And my mouth is watering just reading that recipe for apple pie! We'll have to catch up about your time here in Amarillo - I lived in Ft. Worth for about 10 years! It was a long time ago, but I, too love the memories.

  11. Looks so yummy! A secret here - I have never baked a pie! You made it look easy, so it is time I tried.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving comments on my kitchen and easy pillows. Off to visit your blog some more...

  12. This is a great time of year for apple pie--I'll need to try it!

  13. This looks sooo yummy! And I like your recipe,I have to try it out. I have many apples trees in my backyard and they are currently loaded with apples.. I tried apple crisp but I never baked an apple pie before.Thanks for sharing this easy recipe with us and for your loving words on my Tuscan decor. I'm so glad you stopped by and it is a pleasure meeting you. I loved reading "about me" part...very nicely written... so much to do and so little time.. so true! Have a wonderful weekend!Hugs~Poppy

  14. Mmm...I want all things apple and pumpkin right now. I have crust and apples, I'll be making this when I get home!

  15. This apple pie looks so yummy! Wish I had a piece right now for breakfast! Thanks for the great recipe and for stopping by!


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