Apple Pie

by elyn_ryn

Apple pie was the first dessert my daughter asked me to make for her.  She was very young and had watched a cartoon where the mother baked an apple pie for her son.  This gave her the idea to ask me to bake her a pie.  So when I finally got around to making the pie, I was pleased with the results.  But my daughter was not! Click here to jump to the recipe.

She took one bite, or rather a half bite and pushed it away and stated that she didn’t like apple pie! Was it the recipe?

Later I asked if she wanted to try it again.  The answer was always a shake of her head.  Then one day a relative, with famous apple pies, bought us one.  My daughter decided to try it and she loved it.  She had finally found the apple pie that she liked.

So I set out to find a really good apple pie recipe.  I looked at dozens of recipes, compared ingredients and figured out the things they all had in common. After experimenting a bit, I came up with this recipe.

I make this a little less sweet for my daughter who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth.

But if you like things a little sweeter, I have a note in the recipe for increasing the sugar.  

Apple pie is classic and has endless varieties.  This pie’s secret ingredient is vanilla extract.  

Dress up your pie with a fancy-cut crust or leave it humble with a smooth crust.  Either way, just enjoy!

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Apple Pie
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Place peeled and sliced apples in a large bowl and pour lemon juice over them. Stir to coat.
  2. Then add sugar, cinnamon, flour, vanilla flavoring and butter flavoring to apples and stir to coat again.
  3. Unroll a pie crust and place in a pie pan coated with cooking spray. A deep dish works best.
  4. Place prepared apples in pan and dot with butter.
  5. Preheat oven to 425°. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat as oven preheats.
  6. While oven and baking sheet heats, add pie crust to the top of pie in desired pattern. If using a solid crust to top pie, cut slits to vent pie as it cooks.
  7. Add a pie shield or aluminum foil ring to outside of crust to keep it from burning. Also lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the pie.
  8. Place prepared pie on the preheated baking sheet to catch any spills while in the oven. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 375° and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the flat sheet of aluminum foil after 35 minutes, but leave the aluminum foil ring on pie for entire baking time.
Recipe Notes

Placing the uncooked pie on a preheated baking sheet helps to prevent a soggy crust bottom.

Fresh apples will make a juicy pie. If you use older apples, add 2 tablespoons of apple juice or cider when you add the flavorings. This will help compensate for less juicy apples.

*If you like a sweeter pie, increase the sugar amount to 1 cup.

For cinnamon lovers, increase the cinnamon amount to 1 teaspoon.

If you want to cut out fancy shapes to top your pie, use small cookie cutters.  If you want to use a lot of shapes to decorate the pie, it will take 3 refrigerated crusts.

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