Homemade Apple Pie

Last night my husband and I hosted 3 of his good army friends at our apartment for Sunday football and dinner before they deploy overseas. Their visits are always an “interesting” and entertaining experience (let’s just say with their help our kitten has become immune to loud noises and colorful language). It was great to be able to make them a home cooked meal before they leave and it also gave me an excuse to make my first ever homemade pie! Pies are too strong a temptation in a healthy two-person household so I was super excited to be able to experiment with plenty of people to share it with.

Although I wasn’t super impressed with the pie crust I purchased (use your favorite store bought crust or if you have more time, make your own!), the pie itself was delicious. I love the tangy flavor of the Granny Smith apples and lemon juice combined with the sugars and cinnamon. Another perfect treat for fall!

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium-large Granny Smith applies, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup each of light brown sugar and white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch (or flour)
  • Store bought pie crusts (top and bottom)

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice apples. In a large bowl, stir and combine the apples with the sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Here you have 2 options: A) You can either pour the combined ingredients into the pie shell, or B) Let the mixture sit at room temperature 30 minutes to 3 hours and drain the collected liquid into a glass measuring cup and place in microwave 5-7 minutes. The liquid will turn syrupy and lightly caramelized. Mix it in with the apple mixture and pour into the pie shell.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425. Moisten the edges of the pie shell with a little water and place the top crust over the apples. Tuck any excess pastry under the bottom crust and crimp the edges using your fingers (Boy, this is easier said than done – hence my unattractive pie crust).
  4. Using a sharp knife, make five 2″ slits from the center of the pie toward the edge to allow steam to escape. If you wish, you can sprinkle a little sugar or cinnamon on the top of the pie, but it is not necessary.
  5. Bake 45-50 minutes and cool at least 2 hours at room temperature before serving. Dig in!

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Apple Pie

  1. MARTHA, MARTHA, MARTHA, FOR SOMEONE WHO’S PREMARITAL SPECIALTY WAS KRAFT MACARONI AND CHEESE YOU ARE PROGRESSING RAPIDLY. LOOKS YUMMY BUT NOT QUITE READY FOR THE COVER OF BETTER H&G. HEY, WHENEVER YOU HAVE TIME LET’S HOOKUP ON THE PHONE AND YOU CAN TALK ME THRU THE PROCESS OF SCANNING AND SENDING YOU THOSE DOCUMENTS ; I GOT THEM LAST NIGHT. NO BIG RUSH CUZ I DON’T HAVE ALL THE FIGURES YET, BUT YOU WILL AT LEAST HAVE THE FORMAT. YOU CAN PROBABLY DO IT EVEN BETTER, IN FACT I’M SURE YOU CAN. TALK TO YOU SOON. LOVE, DAD

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  2. I have never seen the suggestion to microwave the liquid in any pie recipe. What a great idea!

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