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Lissa’s Recipe File: Mom’s Apple Pie

Posted by Lissa on December 1, 2009

Quick, simple, and oh-so-delicious; what more could you ask?

Preheat oven and remove dough from freezer.  (You purists who make your own dough – well, you have my admiration.  Me, I’m cool with the store-bought stuff.)  I use a deep-dish 9″ pie shell, and I buy the Pillsbury refrigerated pie dough to top it with.  The pie shell needs to sit fifteen minutes at room temp before baking; prick all over bottom and sides, then bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes.  (The pastry dough needs to sit at room temp for fifteen before you bake the apples.  If you don’t plan for this, you will sit around with your sliced apples waiting for pie dough . . .  as I did . . . )

Peel 7-8 medium golden delicious apples.  (If the apples are ginonormous you can reduce to 5-6.)  Core and slice apples; toss with 1/2 to 1 tsp lemon juice to keep from browning.  (If you’re using very tart apples, such as granny smith, skip the lemon!)

In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (depends on how sweet you like your pie and how tart your apples are) and a bit of fresh grated nutmeg if you have it (I used powdered).  Toss with apples.

Pour apple slices into pie shell; arrange them so they form a rounded mound with a hollow dip in the center.  Dot with butter, then top with pastry dough.  Prick dough with fork and cut an inch-long X in the middle; push down flaps so the dough forms a small open area in the center.

Cover the edges of the pie with foil.  Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or 350° for 45 minutes, removing foil halfway.  As soon as that hollow middle bubbles up with frothy juice, remove to cooling rack.

You can serve it warm with ice cream, but it’s just fine without — good enough to lick the plate!

Happy Baking!

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3 Responses to “Lissa’s Recipe File: Mom’s Apple Pie”

  1. I’ll have to try this one. I did my dad’s apple pie, which, though it is very yummy, involves thirty (yes. THIRTY) macintosh apples and is quite laborious. And the dough – not that hard to make. Dr. Boyfriend looked at the heaping mound of dough-covered apple-y goodness stacked about a foot high and said “you’ve got to be kidding me…” Nope! Nommmmms.

  2. Lissa said

    Perhaps when I come visit we can make both kinds, then do a taste test!

  3. […] some presents, we re-convened for dessert.  Again, I kept it small this year — I baked an apple pie (thanks Mom!) and served it with banana bread and zucchini bread (a gift — thanks again […]

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