(Some) Grandma’s Award-Winning Apple Pie

26 Nov

PieHappy (almost) Thanksgiving! The holiday of tryptophan and lumpy mashed potatoes is almost upon us and of course that means last minute scrambling to create your own contribution to the dining room table.

Now that I’m an adult (sort of), I’ve decided it’s my duty to add my own concoction to this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

After running down the highly scrutinized menu, I noticed that no party guest volunteered to offer the apple pie. Appalled at our family-wide lack of attention to detail, I decided it was my mission to complete our dinner setting and compose a perfect pie specimen, delicious enough to impress my Nana.

Obviously, when attempting to impress your grandmother, you’re required to scour the internet for recipes claiming to be fifth-generation, first-prize-winning apple pies. And that’s exactly what I did, with minor adjustments.

Here’s my attempt at a Nana-impressing apple pie

Pie Dough Ingredients: (Makes 1 pie)

I used the Joy of Cooking’s basic pie dough recipe but you can use any recipe you like. Also, I’m not against Pillsbury’s pre-made dough.

Apple Filling Ingredients: (Serves 8)

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup water minus 1 teaspoon
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • 6 Granny Smith apples — peeled, cored, and sliced

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2: Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white and brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Pie SyrupStep 3: Add apples to a large bowl, then pour in the sugar butter mixture and combine.

PieStep 4: Roll out crust and place in the bottom of the pan. Fill with syrup-covered apples to create a slight mound. Cover with lattice work crust (and yes, lattice work is annoying but don’t skip this step because it’s not truly an apple pie without a checkerboard crust). Brush egg wash on the top crust and sprinkle with white sugar.

PieStep 5: Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.

PieThere you have it, an award-winning pie sure to put a smile on your Nana, Grandma, Oma, or Meemaw’s face. It’s best served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

PieHappy Thanksgiving!

11 Responses to “(Some) Grandma’s Award-Winning Apple Pie”

  1. Brent ~ College Recipe Cafe ~ November 27, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    That’s a good looking apple pie! I’ll take a slice with ice cream please!

    • meganrodkey November 27, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Thank you! Ice cream is my favorite apple pie accouterment!

  2. alexiasymvoulidou November 27, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    That looks awesome and quite easy to veganize as well! Well done 🙂

    • meganrodkey November 27, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks! What would you use as a vegan supplement for butter? Vegetable shortening?

  3. Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Hello Megan! What a beautiful and delicious looking pie! Thank you for sharing the recipe. 😀

    • meganrodkey December 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Thanks so much! And it actually tastes as good as it looks.

  4. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward December 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Well done, Megan. It looks terrific. Best, Shanna

  5. mikesmarinemom December 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Reblogged this on mikesmarinemom and commented:
    This pie looks so absolutely yummy! I just had to share. Check out https://cookingonempty.wordpress.com for more recipes.

  6. anotherchanceacres December 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    That does look good–but apple pie is great without lattice 🙂

    • meganrodkey December 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Thanks and yes it would taste just as delicious without lattice. Crumb topped apple pies are much simpler and extremely tasty!

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