Apple Pie

The boys (Andrew especially) request apple pies often
012 I get a bunch of apples from the fridge that the kids won’t eat because they are bruised or because a certain someone in this house takes a bite of one here and there and puts it right back.  I use LOTS of apples.  About 10 medium sized.  No wimpy apple pie for us.  It doesn’t matter what kind of apples you use, but I usually like Granny Smith’s, and Macintosh, and Jonathan’s.  We don’t eat many Delicious apples because I don’t think they are delicious.

I spray a glass pie pan (I love glass pie pans) with cooking spray.027
I get out my VERY useful peeler/corer-this thing has been a lifesaver and make the process of apple pies, and french fries and mashed potatoes SO quick and easy.  No dreaded peeling or coring.   It's held up to kid-use. 013
I do this:

Then I just cut the apples into quarters.018.
Sometimes, or often, I don't have the time to make crust-I use Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust and no one knows the difference.

Add your ingredients to your apples and don’t think it has to be all perfect.

1 cup sugar (you can add less if you want)
1 TBS. cinnamon
1/4 cup flour (If you are using lots of apples like me)
A couple dashes of lemon juice

That’s all I put in!
Mix it up and throw the apples in the pie dish.020

Add the crust on top.   Before you pinch the crust closed, take off a little extra crust from the top crust where you can see you have extra.

Pinch close.

Put four little slashes with a knife in the top.

Here’s the part that makes the crust look all fancy.
1. With the little extra pieces you saved make something.  Like a leaf, or the child’s initials you made the pie for.
2. Use a brush (if you don’t have one just use your fingers!) and brush some milk all over the top.   This will give the pie a nice glazed look.
3. Sprinkle a little sugar on top. 026
Bake in your oven at 425 degrees.
Set the timer for 20 minutes.
When the timer goes off, check the pie.  Does it look like it’s getting too brown on top?029
Mine always does.  (Please don't look at how dirty my oven is...just keep your eyes on the pie.)030 Make a foil tent, set it on top loosely, and then set the timer for another 20 minutes.
40 minutes total.

(It is also a good idea to put a piece of foil in the bottom of the oven in case there is a leak-it makes clean up much easier.)



  1. You are great! Thanks Sarah for sharing this recipe! I'm sure it tasted heavenly. Great tip - the leafs on top; I've never tried, but for sure I will. Never knew it existed such a peeler/corer as you have :-) Here in Romania it seems we are sooooo old-fashioned; for peeling / cutting the apples I would have used a simple knife.
    I have to post someday my own apple pie recipe.

  2. We just made pies in MOPS this week. We made the dough & used a peeler/corer. Last night, I told my husband how much easier it was & he laughed at me for wanting it.

  3. OMG, that looks delish. And I have to get one of those peeler things. I am always cutting up apples for my kids. LOL, on the oven. I'm with you. Who cares.

  4. That looks wonderful!
    I always make my pie crusts from scratch.. Must be why I hardly ever make pies (2 times a year?)
    I will be picking up some pilsbury crusts and trying an apple pie this week!

  5. I think you are fancy and housewifey and old fashioned, and I love it:-) A friend recently asked a question, and prefaced it with "Now don't think I am getting all domestic, but..." and I just wondered why on earth that would be a bad thing?
    Reading here is like a breath of fresh air, or have I said that before?
    I'm thinking I will pick up one of those peeler things this very afternoon when I hit the grocery store, and see if I can use up the bag of bruised apples in the fridge, what a great idea!

  6. I am making this for dessert tonight. I want one of those apple contraptions!!! By the way, I totally agree about delicious apples not being delicious.

  7. I line the bottom of my oven with aluminum foil before making pies, makes clean up very easy. I am curious how you use the apple slicer for potatoes, do you make curly fries?

  8. Thanks! I've never made an apple pie but you made it look and sound so easy that I had to try it! It's in the oven now and my family can't wait to taste it!

  9. you did make that look super easy!
    thanks a bunch!!
    i'm gonna get the confidence to make one.
    you're the best :)

  10. I love apple pie! With my 3 boys that would last 1 hour. I need to go back to MacQueen's and get more apples.

  11. Yum! Can you guess what I'm craving now? I'll just have to satisfy that craving won't I:)

  12. I can't believe how cool you are to make apple pies seem so do-able. I'm a gourmet cook and I think you are THE bomb. :) You're so REAL!!! And so good at your job. If you and I were neighbors I'd claim ya as one of my best buds. :) I come here to get a strong, confident boost in my day. Love it....

  13. You can also put a cookie sheet one rack below the pie. Any drips will land on the cookie sheet. Easy cleanup. Line the cookie sheet with foil - even easier cleanup!

    I will basically make the same without the crust and make a quick cobbler. (brown sugar, flour, cold butter, cinnamon & sprinkle on top before baking.) We call it Appley Goodness!

  14. I should get an apple peeler/corer! Oh, and if you don't like the drips or the smoke, just slide an air-bake cookie sheet under the pan on a different rack. ;-) The pictures you took of Patrick were great!! Love reading your blog, a great way to spend my morning with a cup-o-joe!!

  15. my apple peeler thing broke a year ago and i just ordered a new one last week. can't wait for it to get here so i can use it!!!
    you are making me hungry!

  16. thanks for that, good to know about the crust- it was what was holding me back. (I even have a corer slicer but have never made a pie). also, you can get a silicone mat that goes in the bottom of your oven to catch the messes- it goes in the bottom, and you just pull it out and hose it off in the sink.

  17. That looks yummo (to quote Rachael Ray, who actually gets on my last nerve:)! I made a couple last week with crumb topping and caramel on top and I don't have a problem bragging and saying it was THE BEST I had ever tasted:) Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little.

  18. I "officially" learned how to make apple pie in a wonderful baking course I took last year...and in the professional kitchen...it turned out...AMAZING.
    I tried to duplicate it for Christmas dinner for the whole fam...meh...
    I have stopped torturing myself with the crust as well and I buy Pillsbury. It IS just as good.
    I love your laid back attitude :)

  19. I just put a cookie sheet under the always dripping pies. Much easier to clean. I learned that trick from my dad, he's the baker. Apple pies! Yum!!!

  20. I loved this post. This is brilliant.
    Thank you for sharing. I liked it so much I linked on a recent post of my mine.

    I've been reading your blog for a long time, but haven't commented in ages. I always get good tips from your blog. Thanks!

    I also love your chicken and dumpling recipe.
    It's so good, delicious. It's now part of my favorite recipe collection.

  21. Just finished the pie! YUM

  22. Thank you so much - I'm such a Martha that I have to make my own crust - but you're right - it's a bit of a floury mess and I get all pissed and what not when I end up having to knead and re-knead and when my kids want to get all touchy feely with the pie crust.....I will try the Pilsbury Pie Crust and be done with it!