Apple season means one thing in my house…apple pie. My husband is a huge apple pie fan so we always make sure to make this recipe a few times during apple season. The last few years he has asked me to make this for his birthday over a birthday cake. That works for him since his birthday is in the fall…prime apple season here! :o) This pie also makes the a great Thanksgiving dessert!
This apple pie recipe originally is from my mother-in-law…with some of my tweaks over the years. It seriously is so easy to make and so delicious!
When I make an apple pie, I use a variety of apples. Someone once told me that was the way to get more flavor…I have to agree. I have tried making apple pie with all of the same apple variety and it just wasn’t the same. So my little tip for you is to use a few different red apples mixed in with a couple of green apples for the best flavor.
Once you have your apples washed, slice them into small pieces. We usually slice them a little bigger than ¼” thickness. Try to have them all about the same size. It is important to have them smaller and equal in size because they will cook better.
For the pie crust…you can either make it yourself or use a store bought crust. To me and my apple pie loving husband…it is good either way. I have made pies with a homemade crust and a store bought one. It depends on how much time I have when making it. If you would like to make your own pie crust, Sally’s Baking Addiction has a great pie crust recipe, Sally’s Baking Addiction Homemade Flaky Pie Crust.
Once you have your pie crust ready and in your pie plate , place all the apples into the pie crust. The apples should completely fill up the pie crust. Now here is what I think is the interesting…you don’t need to mix anything together, instead you just place everything on top of the apples. Every apple pie recipe I have read tells you to mix the ingredients with the apples. But the one I have here, from my mother-in-law, is different. And you know what?! It works! And it is sooo yummy!
Okay, so now you sprinkle the sugar over the apples so that they are all covered. Then sprinkle the apple pie spice (or cinnamon) over the sugar. Dot with a small amount of butter. I usually place 4-5 small pieces of butter on top.
Before you put the pie in, don’t forget the crumbs! While I think a pie crust on top of the pie is so very pretty, I also think apple pie with crumbs on top tastes better! ;o) So that is the way we make it here in our home!
To make the crumbs…combine the flour, sugar and softened butter in a medium sized bowl. A little tip…make sure the butter is softened. It works in much easier. I use a pastry blender or the back of a fork to do this step. Once they are combined well and look like crumbs, spread them over the top of the pie.
Place the pie on a baking sheet before putting in the oven. This helps in case the juices from the pie overflow. Place the pie on the middle shelf of your oven. Bake it at 425 degrees for 50-60 minutes. I would suggest placing a foil tent over the pie after it’s been baking for 20 minutes. This keeps the top of the pie from burning. The pie is done when it is golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack.
Serve warm or at room temperature. It always is hard getting that first piece of pie out of the pan, isn’t it? I use this pie server and it really helps to get the pie out easily and keeps the piece of pie looking pretty. Once you serve the pie on a plate, you can top it with whip cream or with a scoop of ice cream. And enjoy!
Use a variety of apples. Mix a few different red apples with a couple of green apples for the best flavor.
Make sure butter is softened to room temperature for the crumbs.
Place foil tent over the pie after 20 minutes of baking so that it does not brown too much.
- 1 pie crust
- 7-8 apples (about 6-1/2 cups of mixed variety is best)
- ¾ teaspoon apple pie spice (or cinnamon if you don’t have apple pie spice)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- Butter, to dot the pie with
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare your pie crust and place in 9” pie dish.
- Peel and slice your apples into small slices, about ¼” thick
- Place the apples into the pie crust.
- Sprinkle the sugar over the apples.
- Sprinkle the apple pie spice (or cinnamon) over the sugar.
- Dot with butter (4-5 small pieces of butter).
- To make the crumb topping, place the softened butter, flour and sugar into a medium sized bowl. Use the back of the fork or pastry blender to mix the ingredients to form crumbs.
- Sprinkle the crumbs over the pie.
- Place the pie dish on a baking sheet.
- Place the pie in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
- * Tip: Make a tent with foil and place that over the pie after baking for 20 minutes. This keeps the pie from browning too much.
- Pie is done when it is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Use a variety of apples. Mix a few different red apples with a couple of green apples for the best flavor.
- Make sure butter is softened to room temperature for the crumbs.
- Place foil tent over the pie after 20 minutes of baking so that it does not brown too much.