Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Best Apple Pie

I don't know if I have told you about my grandmother's pies. 

She was an amazing baker.

My favorite was her Lemon Meringue which I have never been able to replicate but 
I have been able to copy her style of apple pie.

It is just perfect for this time of year.

I couldn't get any of her recipes because she didn't have any. She was a little of this and a little of that type of baker. 

I have tweaked this recipe over the years to get it just how we like it. 

The final version of it happened quite by accident. 

One Thanksgiving eve I was making the pie. 

It slipped off of the rack in the oven and half of the apples and most of the crumb topping fell off. 
I quickly grabbed more apples out of the fridge. They just happened to be Honey Crisp apples our favorite snacking apple at the time. 
I par boiled them so they would be at about the same level of doneness as the apples still in the pie. I made more crumb topping and stuck the pie back in the oven.
It was a hit and I have been making it that way ever since.

The Best Apple Pie
(Granny's Apple Pie)
Sprinkle your favorite 9 inch pie crust with 
Sugar In The Raw and prick with a fork. 

As you can see, I don't do anything fancy to the edge of my pie crusts.

3 large Honey Crisp (or similar) apples 
4 medium Granny Smith apples
Peel, core and slice apples into pie the shell.
Cut up  and dot 2 Tablespoons  butter onto apples.
Sprinkle with 1/8 cup sugar.
and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. 

In a bowl combine 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 white sugar
1/4 powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
Cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly 
The little crumbs should be about the size of a pea or smaller.
Bake at 400 for about 45 minutes.
Cover edges of the crust and bake about 
10 minutes more until apples are tender but not mushy.
I will slip one out under the crumb topping and test it.

Even though I added sugar, I think their sweetness mellows the tartness of the Granny Smiths.
Tart and Sweet at the same time.

I love a crumb topping on apple pie rather than a crusts topping. 

Give it a try for your next gathering.


  1. I'm pinning this immediately! I agree that a crumb topping is the best topping. Most of all, I loved how this recipe came to be. It just goes to show ... don't cry over spilt milk...or pie. Send me a slice!

  2. Oh my this sounds heavenly and looks devine. Your pictures are absolutely fabulous too. I need to try this recipe for sure. Thanks so much for linking to the Holiday Baking Party. Hugs, marty

    1. Thanks for hosting this new party, Marty. As if you didn't have enough to do. ;) Hugs back to you.

  3. Thank you, Holly for hosting! How was your first party?