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Grandma’s Favorite Apple Pie Recipe


Can you smell it? Fall is in the air! It’s time for Pumpkin Pancakes and Funnel Cakes, Scarecrow Cookies,  wiener roasts, hot chocolate, and Caramel Pecan Chocolate Cheesecake. It’s also the perfect time to heat up your oven and make Grandma’s Favorite Apple Pie recipe!

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Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

As you know by now, I grew up on a farm where we had all kinds of fruit and nut trees, as well as three separate gardens. Growing up with a mother who was a high school home economics teacher meant we always had the most wonderful good old-fashioned home cooked meals. That’s probably why one of my all-time favorites desserts is Grandma’s Favorite Apple Pie recipe.

Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

To this day, my parents have apple trees growing on their farm. Years ago we decided that our favorite apples are Red Prince Apples. These apples have a unique flavor combination that is both sweet and juicy and crisp and tangy.

Red Prince apples are delicious when eaten fresh, used in salads, baked, cooked, sauteed, and for much more. These apples have a nutrient-rich, deep, red color which indicates that they are high in antioxidants. Red Prince apples are basically go-to apples that are good for nearly everything!

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Now back to making a pie.

To make the pie crust for Grandma’s Favorite Apple Pie recipe we like to use Speedy Homemade Pie Crust or my daughter in laws recipe that her grandmother shared; Viola’s Never Fail Pie Crust.

Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

NOTE: Although I do not precook my apples, my mother does. Mom adds just a little water in a saucepan, adds the sliced apples and cooks them until they are tender. She drains any excess liquid before adding the other ingredients then pours the apple mixture into the pie crust and bakes according to the directions.

Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

Apple pie hand pies are a nice variation and perfect for picnics, BBQ’s, potlucks and more. Roll pie crust out, cut out circles, add a dollop of apple pie filling in the center and place another circle of crust on top. Brush with melted butter and a sprinkle of raw sugar. Baking times will vary depending on the size of the hand pies.

Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

A rustic mini cast iron apple pie is another fun way to serve Grandma’s Favorite Apple Pie. One recipe will make one 6.5-inch mini pie.

Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

Bite-size apple pie tarts are made similarly, however, instead of using a pie pan you’ll need to use mini tart pans. No top crust is necessary, just a light dusting of powdered sugar after they are finished baking.

Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

Grandma’s Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

Yields Approx. 6 - 8 servings

A fabulous apple pie recipe that highlights the wonderful flavors of fall.

20 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 prepared, unbaked 9-inch pie crust: top and bottom crust (GF Option: use gluten-free pie crust)
  • 5 - 7 apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons instant tapioca OR 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Prepare homemade pie crust or use store purchased pie crust (top and bottom crust needed)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, pare and cut apples into thin slices.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl combine sugar, instant tapioca, salt and apple pie spice; mix together well. Sprinkle over apple slices; stir.
  4. Pour apples into a 9-inch pie crust; cover with top crust and trim and shape edges. With a knife, make 4 - 5 slits in the top crust for ventilation. Brush with butter.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for approx. 1 hour.
  6. Serve warm with a scoop of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream or dollop of freshly whipped cream.

Notes

For more tartness use Granny Smith apples or add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to your sliced apples. My mother likes to pre-cook her apples with a little water on the stove-top. She drains off any excess liquid before adding the sugar and other ingredients. To make your own apple pie spice combine: 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice + pinch of ground cloves

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If you love apple pie then you’ll love Apple Pie Oatmeal for breakfast or snack time.

Grandma's Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

Serve a slice of warm apple pie with a big scoop of vanilla bean or cinnamon ice cream. A dollop of freshly whipped heavy cream is also good. So yummy!

Happy baking and happy fall, yall!

Linda

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