I am not kidding when I say this is the best apple pie on the planet.
I came across this recipe a few years back and have made it ever since. Before I give you the recipe. I want to share the story of how I came to get this recipe. I will keep it brief, I promise it is a good one, or you can scroll past it! I used to work in retail and when I was the manager of the furniture department(among many other departments) It was a tough job dealing with customer complaints about furniture deliveries. One particular day I received a phone call from an
gentleman’s jerk’s apartment to exchange the chairs. My husband confirmed what a nice guy I was dealing with. Now on to the pie part. The woman at the service desk who made the mistake was so upset that I had to deal with such a great customer and that my husband was the one who corrected the mistake. The very next day she brought in a homemade apple pie to give to my husband for all that he did. I took this wonderful pie home to my husband and told him who it was from. After dinner that night he had a slice of the pie and I have never heard my husband rave about a dessert like that. He immediately wrapped the pie back up and took it upstairs to our bedroom closet, he was not sharing this pie with the four boys. I think I did get 1 small slice, but that was it. The rest of the pie was eaten by my husband. I of course had to get this recipe and have made this apple pie every year since. When ever I make this pie to take to a friends house or party I have to make 2, one for my husband and the other to share. NO JOKE!
So here it is!
Ingredients for pie:
1 pastry crust for a deep dish 9 inch pie (home-made or store-bought)
1/2 c. sugar
3 Tbl. All-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
6 c. peeled and thinly sliced apples
Ingredients for crumb topping:
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 c. soften butter
1/2 c. chopped pecans
Caramel syrup topping
Directions for crumb topping:
Stir together brown sugar, flour and rolled oats. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut butter until topping is coarse crumbs. Set aside
Directions for pie filling:
In a mixing bowl stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon and slat. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated. Tip: Cut each apple 1 at a time, add 1st apple to bowl and layer with a portion of the sugar and flour mixture, repeat until each apple is cut and coated with sugar. Now this makes it easier to coat all the apples. Transfer the apple mixture to the pie shell. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture, making sure to cover all the apples. Cover the edges of pie with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes at 375. Remove foil and bake for another 25 minutes at 375. Place a cookie sheet on lower level of oven to catch drippings. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle pie with chopped pecans and drizzle with caramel topping.
Note: This pie won Emeril Lagasse’s 2001 Apple Pie Contest.
Tip: I will never make an apple pie without one of these!
I made the very first apple pie without an apple peeler/corer. I said I will never make another one until I purchased a peeler. I have to say this was the only kitchen gadget my husband did not complain about me purchasing. I have made every other pie with this thing. It is the BEST! It makes the entire process of making the pie so much easier. I am ALL about the easy!
Tip: I place a paper towel under the grip and on the counter to catch-all the apple juice and to make clean up easier. One scoop and all the apple skin and core’s are cleaned up. Again Easy! Did I mention I am about the easy!
I also make my crust. I did not share the how to on this one but here is the recipe for the crust.
4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. lard/Crisco
1 Tbl. sugar
mix until crumbling
In small bowl add:
1/2 c. cold water
1 Tbl. vinegar
Beat with a fork. Slowly add liquid to dry mix. Mix only long enough to make the dough wet.
I am joining Tidy Mom and Whirlpool for the 4th Annual Love the Pie Party!