Classic Apple Pie
As you may know by now, we are big pie people in my family. The other day, I made a classic apple pie. It makes the perfect dessert for any function or holiday. There are even a couple members of my family who request pie in place of cake for their birthday celebrations.
Apple pie can have many different twists — a ton of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and/or cloves; some have caramel or crunchy, oat-y toppings; some add raisins (yikes!) to the apple filling. Whatever the case, I think everyone can appreciate an apple pie with the classic ingredients and flavors.
My grandma is quite famous for her classic apple pie. The most common response following consumption of her pie is: “Don’t tell my [wife/mom/grandma/aunt/fill in the blank relative], but this is the best apple pie I’ve ever had!” Fortunately, she and my mom have shared many award winning, crowd pleasing and life changing (okay, maybe I took it a little far there) recipes with me over the years.
Here’s my slightly tweaked version of my grandma’s recipe for Classic Apple Pie:
Nina’s Classic Apple Pie
7 apples, peeled and sliced into thin pieces
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
juice from 1/2 lemon or orange
Optional: 1 tbsp. maple syrup
Click here for my pie crust recipe.
Prepare pie crust as recipe states.
- Preheat oven to 400Â°F. Peel apples.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine apple slices with all other ingredients. Stir to combine ingredients and coat apples.
- Place ingredients into pie pan lined with pie crust. Cover with additional rolled pie dough.
- Press sides of pie crust to desired look. I like to pinch them between my fingers in order to get the effect of what’s pictured.
- Bake in oven for 15 mins. on 400Â°F, then reduce to 350Â°F and bake for another 30 mins. Depending on your oven, you may need to turn the heat back up to 400Â°F for the last 5 mins. if you like a browner, crispier top and edges to your crust.
Next week, I’ll show you how I use this recipe to make apple pie tarts!