Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Best Apple Pie Ever

This post was originally posted in 2009. I frequently get requests for this recipe. I get calls from my sister while I'm at Home Depot. I get emails from cousins. Basically, it really is the best apple pie I've ever had. And it all starts with the heels. (Although, I have been told it tastes just as good if you're not wearing heels when you make it.) I've updated the recipe with links to printable recipes. You might want to go ahead and print it so that you don't have to call me and hope I remember the recipe off the top of my head.

As we all know, the first step in any baking day should be to put on your best '50s dress, heels, and apron.
Then, after the pictures are taken, take the heels off and throw them to the side for when the food is ready.
Recipe to follow pictures.
For the crust:

Combine all dry ingredients.

Cut in butter until crumbly.

Beat egg in cup. Add enough water to fill cup.
Add vinegar and mix.

Add wet ingredients to 'dry' ingredients and mix.
Roll pie crust out.

Put in pan and set aside.

Thinly slice apples.

Combine dry ingredients.

Toss apple slices with dry ingredients until well coated.

Add to pie crust.

Sprinkle crumb topping over pie.

Cover edges with foil and bake for 25 minutes, then remove.
Bake for an additional 25 minutes.

Throw off your apron, slip on your heels, and serve your pie!

These recipes have been modified by me.  The modifications I use, I will post as the recipe.  The original ingredients will be in parentheses.  I use all organic, freshly ground whole wheat flour, raw sugar, etc.  So far, I've had no complaints. :)

Nonnie's Pie Crust

(This recipe was given to me by my grandmother.  It was passed on to her by my grandfather's aunt- I think. ;)

4 c whole wheat flour (white flour)
2 c unsalted butter (Crisco)
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tsp vinegar

Combine the dry ingredients.
Cut in the butter until it is crumbly.
Lightly beat the egg in a cup.
Add enough water to fill cup.  (IE one cup of liquid)
Add vinegar and mix.
Add to the dry ingredients and mix.

This recipe makes 4 crusts.  That means it will make four pies, or two pies with double crusts.  It freezes well.  Just roll the extra crusts into balls and put them in the freezer.

Printable Recipe

The Best Apple Pie Ever, Hands Down

This pie recipe came from a cook book.  I think it was Better Homes and Gardens.

Preheat oven to 375.

6 cups apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 c raw sugar (white sugar)
2 tbsp whole wheat flour (all purpose flour)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Combine the dry ingredients.
Toss apple slices with dry ingredients until well coated.
Add to crust.
Sprinkle with crumb topping, or cover with second crust.  If you use a second crust, be sure you poke holes in the crust to prevent explosion in the oven.
Cover the edges of the crust with foil.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes.

Crumb Topping

Please note: I believe that this recipe can be halved and still provide plenty of topping.  I never use all the topping.

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup raw sugar (packed brown sugar)
3 tbsp COLD unsalted butter

Combine dry ingredients.
Cut in butter until crumbly.
If the butter is not cold, the crumb topping will stick together and be harder to spread.


  1. I'm not generally an apple pie fan, but this looks delish! I might have to try it, based on my recent kitchen success ;-)

  2. M- I understand that once you have success in the kitchen, you need to keep going. It's like a slippery slope. ;D

  3. I love this post and the dress and heals!!!


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  5. I thought you might. ;D Also, I wrote heals when I was writing the post. The heels are healing, though, right?

  6. Well, if not healing certainly, satisfying LOL


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