How Bout Them Apples.....

Friday, November 29, 2013

When it comes to baking I have been kind of intimidated by pies.  I think it's because I always heard that making pie crust could be really difficult and if the crust wasn't good you might as well throw out the pie.  Well.... No More!  I've had a successful go at making biscuits, so why not conquer the pie.

This Thanksgiving I decided to take on a traditional apple pie.  Forget Mrs. Smiths!  (I do however; thank Mrs. Smiths for satisfying my sweet tooth as a child and young adult.)  I scoured through my recipe banks and found a few old and new apple pie recipes and got to work.  Scratch baking is a little more time consuming, but the end result is always worth it to me.  This pie turned out better than I could have imagined.  And the baked goodness smell that fills your house just screams Happy Holidays!  

I can honestly say that this pie was fun to make.  Making the pie crust was messy, but much easier than I had anticipated.  Just read through the directions before starting so you have a full understanding of the process.  Now that I'm comfortable with making a crust a whole new world of creative baking awaits!

MeMa's Apple Pie


Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 16 Tbsp (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, chilled in freezer for at leas 15 minutes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tsp brown sugar
  • 3 to 6 Tbsp very cold water

Filling Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 pounds of 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices of peeled and cored good cooking apples (Granny Smith, Pippin, Golden Delicious)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp brandy
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Egg Wash
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp cream


In a good processor, combine all-purpose and almond flour, salt and brown sugar.  Pulse to mix.  Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with pea size pieces of butter.  Add water 1 Tbsp at a time, pulsing until mixture just begins to come together.  Be careful not to overwork dough or it will become tough.

Place dough onto a clean surface dusted with flour.  Divide dough making one pile a little bigger than the other.  Carefully shape each pile into a ball and then flatten into a disc (remember to be careful not to overwork your dough).  Cover each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Position oven rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 375°F.

For the filling combine sugar, flour and spices in a large bowl.  Mix until well blended.  Add apples and, with your hands, gently fold until apples are evenly coated.  Add brandy and vanilla and gently mix.

Remove your larger crust disk from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.  Roll out with a rolling pin on a dusted surface.  Lightly dust the top of the disk and your rolling pin to prevent sticking.  Use a spatula to periodically check that your crust isn't sticking to the surface below.  Roll out disk into a 12 inch circle.  Crust should be about 1/8 inch thick.  Gently roll crust onto pin and transfer to a 9 inch pie plate.  Press down to line the pie plate with the dough.  Trim the pastry to 1 inch from the plate edge.

Spoon in your pie filling, mounding slightly in the center.

Roll out your second disk just as you did the first.  Gently place of the top of your pie.  Trim the dough to within 1 inch of the pie plate.  Gently fold top crust over bottom crust.  Pinch the pastry together to flute and seal the crust or press with a fork.  

In a small bowl mix yolk and cream to blend.  Brush mixture over the top of your pie.  Cut slits in top of crust to release steam.  Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F.  Bake until crust is golden brown, an additional 30 - 45 minutes.  If the edges of your crust are browning too quickly just tent them with a pie protector.  Once finished allow pie to sit for 1 hour.   


  1. This looks amazing! Thanks so much for visiting my Banana Pudding Cupcakes! I would love for you to share this with us! :)


    1. Thanks so much for sharing this with us! It looks delicious! Pinned to the party board! Marti

  2. This looks delicious! Thanks for visiting Night Owl Corner....just stopping by to check out your blog too!


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