Wednesday, November 16, 2011

~ Love The Pie ~

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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.

By all means, grab your cup of coffee or tea, relax and go over to Tidy Mom's blog and see all the wonderful pies ~ you know you want to!


  1. mmm mmm good Pat! I love granny smith apples. Never had a pie with them though, can you believe that? My Mom always uses the red.

  2. YUM!! I am heading over there now....tea in my hand!

  3. I love apple pie and ice cream....
    Save me a piece!

  4. It's look great Pat! I make one something like yours, I substitute splenda instead of sugar because we have a diabetic in the family.

  5. Pat, it looks delish! I can smell it now!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. That looks delish, Pat! I have never heard of a pie where you pour the syrup part over the crust! It does sound good though! xo Diana

  7. I love dessert, but apple pie is my all time favorite and yours looks spectacular!

  8. ooo- a must try for Christmas,

    you new follower..

  9. I love apple pie, made one today..yours looks beautiful! ;D

  10. Apple pie....YUM
    Might make this for Thanksgiving.:)

  11. Hi Pat ... Pie looks delicious. Just perfect for Thanksgiving. I guess I get a little lazy and depend on ready baked pies. Thanks for committing on by Roosters and Chicken Wire on Debbiedoo's Newbie Party. Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. My husband LOVES apple pie. It's his favorite! Looks yummy =)

  13. I just LOVE apple pie and I like the syrup that goes over this one. Mmmmm....

  14. Hmmm, there is some magic around apple pie that makes me want to eat a piece of it everytime I see it :D And yours is no exception because it looks so great! I love the way you decorated your pie,it's so lovely :)


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