The Making of a Great Apple Pie

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I grew up on apple pie. It is a family tradition in our family. It was the one dessert that all seven of us in the family liked, so Mom made it often. She took my Gramma John’s pie crust recipe and her basic techniques and tweaked them a little. If it’s loaded with cinnamon and nuts, my mom must have had something to do with it.

Here’s a pictorial montage (is that a good word?) for how we make apple pie in our family.

Make the pie crust. You might like Gramma John’s. It’s super easy to make in the food processor and involves no complicated devices like rolling pins. Just pat it in the pan!

Stow it in the fridge while you make the filling and topping. Make sure that it is sitting precariously atop some unstable containers. That keeps things exciting.

Peel, core, and slice six apples. Prepare the crumb topping.

Lay out all your ingredients: pie crust, apple filling, crumb topping.

Make sure you have an adorable assistant standing by to help youPlace the pie shell on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips that may happen in the oven. Pour the apples into the shell.

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples. Bake. Cool on a rack. Enjoy!

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— For more things that will work for you, check out We are That Family.
Tammy’s Recipes has all sorts of apple recipes today!

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Beth says

    I love seeing the Watkins Cinnamon in the pics!! it’s the only kind out there!!

  2. Julie says

    Is this a freezer-friendly pie? At what point in recipe do you freeze? Is there a special way to pack it? thank you!

    • Jessica says

      Yes, prior to baking, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil and freeze it. If the pan fits in a large ziptop bag, so much the better. When baking, don’t thaw. Just preheat the oven to 425 &deg. Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 375 and bake until it’s done, about another 45 minutes or until the filling bubbles. I’m ready for apple season!

  3. Rebekah says

    Possibly a dumb question-but are you supposed to cook the apples first in a pot? Or just cut them up, mix them with the other stuff and bake it all?

    • Jessica says

      Just cut them up according to the recipe. I have never used precooked pie filling in my life. This is the only way in my mind. 😉

  4. Rebekah says

    I have never made a pie in my life but after seeing this, im trying it this weekend. Looks good!

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