Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apple Pie

I think we can all agree that apple pie is an all time favorite for most people.  There must be a million recipes floating around out there and I don't claim to corner the market on good pie. I will say this, I believe apple pie should be simple. It should let the flavor of the apple shine through.  I've seen recipes for apple pie with cheese (why? why would you do that?), caramel, berries, they all have their merits, but when I want apple pie, I want plain ol' apple pie with lots of apples, a little cinnamon and some fresh grated nutmeg.  You can't go wrong if you keep it simple.
Fancy up your crust if you must, but let the filling speak for itself, and regarding filling, it's all about what kind of apples you use. I prefer macintosh and granny smith. This last time I added some honeycrisp, because that is what the apple committee gave me! It was a really great combination, with the tart apples giving that tangy apple flavor and the honeycrisp bumping up the sweetness perfectly. So without further ado, here is the recipe for apple pie that I use. Simple, easy, cozy, and just plain good.


1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup shortening plus 3 Tablespoons of butter (these should be cold)
6 Tbsp ice water

Note*  Hydrogenated oils are BAD for you. I have been using an organic non hydrogenated shortening that I find at Kroger in the gluten free and health food aisle. It is called Spectrum Organic shortening and it works fabulously. If I can't find that I prefer to use non hydrogenated lard when I can find it.

Mix all the dry ingredients together, add shortening and butter and cut in using a pastry cutter or fork until the shortening is the size of small peas and incorporated throughout the flour mixture. You want these little chinks to make your pie dough flakey and tender.  Once you have the shortening and butter incorporated add ice water (no chunks of ice please) one Tbsp at a time, drizzled over the flour mixture and mixed in with a fork.  When you have all of the water incorporated you should be able to gather the dough all together into a ball. If it is still a little too dry you can add a little bit more water until it holds together.  You don't want it too wet, you just want it to hold together.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  This is enough for a two crust pie.


For a 9" pie
6 cups thinly sliced , pared tart apples
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or a little more if you really like cinnamon. I usually use up to 3/4 tsp)
a dash of salt
2 Tbsp butter
Heat the over to 425. Prepare pastry by cutting it in half and rolling out 1/2 of the crust at a time. Place it in a 9" pie plate.
For the filling stir together the apples and all ingredients except the butter, and turn it into the prepared bottom crust.  Cut the 2 Tbsp of butter into chunks and dot the top of the filling with the pieces.  Roll out the top crust and lay it on, crimp it around the edge, cut slits in the top for steam to escape and pop it in the oven.  Some people say you should cover the edge with foil the first 15 minutes, I never do, and my crusts are fine. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the crust is brown and the juice begins to bubble through the slits in the crust.  Just a suggestion, I always line a cookie sheet with foil and bake the pie on it. It catches any juices that might bubble through and it keeps my oven clean and is easier to clean up than gooey sugary filling baked onto the pan.
And there you have it, easy apple pie that will make your mouth water and your husband smile. Enjoy!



  1. Kathy, Your pie is SO GORGEOUS!!! I love those leaf cutouts! I really need to purchase one of those cutters. I've used the same apple pie recipe for 30 years... I think my filling is about the same as yours, but the crust is different. I think I will branch out a bit and try your crust this week! It's time for another apple pie around here! Thanks for sharing! - Dori -

  2. Such beautiful pie...like with DORI, it's time for an apple pie here at Sweet Nothings...mine won't come close to your masterpiece but if I use your recipes, maybe mine will taste close to yours.xoxo

  3. Yummy! I do love a good apple pie. I don't put nutmeg in mine and I do add a little maple syrup.

  4. Thank you for the recipe, Kathy.
    Your pies always look so delicious-I know it will be good!

  5. I need lattice lessons!!!
    That photo just got eaten fyi ;)

  6. Sounds delish Kathy! And I'm with you apple pies should be simple and taste like...apple pies!! Mimi

  7. It looks wonderful, Kathy, and I agree about the filling. My mom made wonderful mile high apple pie, and we never got the recipe. I know she mixed about 4 varieties of apples. Yes, lard is bad for you, but so is wine. I don't drink, so I will use my bad points with a piece of pie once in a while! Hope you are well, ant pumpkin pudding this year? :) God bless you for making all those pies for others!l

  8. I'll have to look for that shortening. I love apple pie but haven't made it in a long time. I usually make a apple crisp just because it's so much easier to put together :).

  9. I just found you by some weird thing on FB...why have I not found your blog before this? Anyway, I am your newest follower and I'll put you on my sidebar right away. Your pie sounds delicious!!!! xo Diana


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