Apple Pie & Fabulous Fall Skies

Isn’t fall the best?
With its bright blue skies and changing leaves…

 

I love it all so much!
And it makes me want to bake.  A lot.
And eat.  A lot.
Must be something about our Canadian winters 
that makes us fatten up in the fall in prep for the snow.  Gah.

 


 

Yet I still bake.
And this weekend was no exception.
These bright blue skies had me craving a good old fashioned apple pie!

 


 

So I made one.
Because everywhere you look there are 
bins and bins full of seasonal apples.  
It’s a bakers dream really. 

 



And if apple pie doesn’t scream fall, I don’t know what does!
It just doesn’t get much better than a good old fashioned apple pie!
I wish you could smell it.
It’s like heaven.
Sugary, cinnamon-y and comforting!

 

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Apple Pie

Ingredients

Apple Mix

  • 5-6 medium apples peeled, cored and sliced, I prefer Macintosh
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Pie crust (This recipe makes 2 crusts.)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening lard
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Make the apple mix first.
  3. Combine all of the above ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
  5. With a pie cutter, cut in shortening until the particles are pea sized.
  6. Sprinkle in water, 1 tsp or so at a time, mixing lightly with a fork. Don't over mix or the crust will be tough.
  7. Press into a ball. Then split into 2. It is okay if it's crumbly. In fact crumbly makes for a tender, flaky crust!
  8. Lay out a piece of wax or parchment paper, lightly sprinkle it with flour, then roll out one of the crusts for the bottom of the pie. Then press the crust into a 9" pie plate.
  9. Add the apple mixture to the pie and dot with about a 1 tsp butter.
  10. Using new piece of paper, roll out the other crust for the top of the pie, then add it to the top of the pie.
  11. Press the edges of the pie dough together to seal it.
  12. Then cut ventilation slits into the crust.
  13. Make a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle it on to the top of the pie crust.
  14. Bake for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees (this will ensure that you don't end up with a soggy bottom crust).
  15. Then after this time, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for about 25-30 minutes more. (Until the crust is lightly browned and the apple mix is bubbling up from under the crust.)

 

(Oh, and if you follow me on Facebook, yes, that is in fact the apple I withheld from my kid until this picture was taken, hahaha!)

Have a delicious day!
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11 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay K {lastyearoftwentysomething} September 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM That looks delish! Apple pie is my favorite! Especially with some vanilla ice cream!
  • Reply Ali Richardson September 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM Oh yum! The pretty picture actually makes me able to smell that yummy pie a bit :) Mmm.
  • Reply Barb September 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM Yummm! your crust looks a.ma.zing! love the leaves!! I want some of that pie.
  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma September 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM Everything looks great! You are so festive!
  • Reply Jessica September 26, 2012 at 3:13 AM Ooooh! I love me some pie! Looks wonderful! Making pie is so much fun, but then we have pie around for a while. I need to make it and share it so it doesn't sit around me too long! Stopping by from The Winthrop Chronicles!
  • Reply Marie O. September 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM What a beautiful pie! It sounds delicious too!
    Marie
    www.notverydomestic.blogspot.com
  • Reply Thistle November 20, 2012 at 9:15 AM *sigh* Your blog is so pretty! And your photography is off the charts :) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! karianne
    • Reply Jo-Anna November 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM Thank you so much Karianne! ;)
  • Reply Karen LeDoux October 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM I just made another one of these delicious pies today!! I embellished it just a tad, though, lol. I had a whole bunch of small red apples I got on sale, so I used 12! Built that puppy right up, lol. And before I added the top layer of crust, right before I added the butter, I also added a healthy drizzle of Hershey's Caramel Syrup! OH....MY....GOODNESS!! Served with a nice dollop of vanilla ice cream, and ooooohhhhhh my!!! But I also cheated a little bit and used Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Dough instead of making my own. I don't have the time, the room or the patience to make my own, lol. I even posted a pic of it on Facebook, and boy did I get the comments! And just to give credit where credit is due, I posted your website so others can get the recipe. It's AWESOME!!
  • Reply Milford Brueggeman November 16, 2015 at 9:21 AM Many years ago my aunt gave me a secret to making better Pies,I tried it and have been doing this ever sense In you Pie recipes that call for flour Use Tapioca instead,It gives you a much firmer pie and the taste is awesome Not that flourly taste you get sometimes from using flour,Try it I know you will love the difference and your family will too.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 16, 2015 at 7:50 PM Oh that sounds like an interesting pie crust, I'll have to try it out!

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