November 6, 2014

Classic Apple Pie Recipe

Derek and I dated when he was still in college. It was a long-distance relationship the first and third years. During those years, we would see one another when I went to see him for the weekend or when he came home for the weekend (though still an hour away). Sundays when we was home, after church I would be invited to join his family at his grandparents' home. We'd sit down to a big meal. I'd stuff myself, not used to such good food. It took a few Sunday dinners before I realized I needed to leave room for pie. Apple pie, to be specific.
Classic apple pie recipe. Grandma taught me to make this! It's a family favorite.
She did not always bake apple apple pie, but since it's Derek's favorite, I think Grandma would make it just for him since he wasn't always home. Of course, his brothers would sometimes have their favorite, too. Apple pie is my favorite pie, too.  When we were first married, I would try once a year or so to make Grandma's apple pie recipe. (Of course, she doesn't use a recipe, but I'm not 91...I still need the recipe.) It was only okay when I made it.

Then I watched Grandma make her pie and pie crust a couple of times. It helped immensely. I now make apple pie a few times a year. Practice definitely helps.


Grandma's Apple Pie

by ThisSimpleHome.com
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Ingredients (8 slices)
  • 5-6 apples, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • prepared double pie crust (try this pie crust recipe if you need specific instructions)
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Place bottom pie crust in pie pan.
3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour on the bottom of the crust.
4. Mix sugar and remaining flour with the sliced apples. Pour into crust.
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
6. Place small dots of butter on top of apple mixture.
7. Top with second pie crust. Seal and flute edges. Cut air vents into the top crust.
8. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Then, lower the temperature to 350° for 40-50 minutes. The pie is done when a knife goes through apples easily.
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I used a scrap of crust to cut out the six you see on the pie. To make it stick, I just wet the back of the six. I should have brushed a little milk or egg on it to make it brown more, but I didn't think of it at the time.
So that's our apple pie. I am finally confident enough in my apple pie recipe to serve it to company. Brother even requested it for his sixth birthday party. (I just realized that Big Sis also had it for her sixth birthday party, but that was because of the Little House birthday party.) I was delighted this year to not have to eat three birthday cakes in one week. Big Sister chose the giant cookie for her treat. Little Sister...well, she doesn't appreciate homemade baked goods. She had a lollipop.

Homemade apple pie may be my favorite pie to eat, but chocolate chip cookie pie is pretty close, especially since it can be in the oven in a jif when I use the no-roll pie crust. Of course, apple pie needs a top crust, too. I shared some specific pie crust directions here.

As I finished typing this, I realized this is the second recipe I am sharing this week, and they are both Grandma's recipes. It just goes to show, I should have shared this sooner.

Now if you read the first few sentences and wondered what happened during the second school year when Derek and I were dating, let me explain better. The first year, I was living with my dad and teaching locally. The next school year, I had moved to State College (where Derek was a student at Penn State), and taught there. Then, Derek graduated and took a job in Maryland. We weren't married (or yet engaged), so I taught a second year at the great little school I found in State College. Then, we finally married in June.

Do you like pie? What's your favorite?

~ Annette
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7 comments:

  1. It looks so pretty! My pies taste good, but they sure don't look good haha I don't serve them to company ;)

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    1. This was my prettiest pie! None look great after I cut into them...

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  2. I loved the #6 the minute I saw it. So sweet! My mother always made my sister and I blackberry pies for our birthdays too. I also remember eating leftover pie crust with cinnamon and sugar.... You are making wonderful memories for your children.

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  3. This looks wonderful.. I love apple pie ~ one of my favorite pie.

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  4. One of my fave during the holidays

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