Mother’s Day is tomorrow.
Apple Pie Day is today!
Even though my mother wasn’t a big pie maker, there is something about Mother’s Day and Apple Pie that go together. Odd. I wan’t sure why I had this connection in my head. Then, when I went to write this post – it struck me. Many of our most-cherished family recipes are apple-based. Digging around in the archives I found one from Laura’s family, one from mine, and one from my husband’s. Evidence, I suppose, that there is a connection between apples and moms.
Honor your mom with a pie! Treat her to your own creation!
Apple Pie comes in many styles. We’ve got two for you, Dutch Crunch and a classic two-crust version. We’ve also got a few fail-proof crust recipes to help you out.
Imagine – juicy sweet and cinnamon-y apples encased in flaky crust…Jump to Recipe
…or, those same juicy sweet and cinnamon-y apples beneath a crunchy streusel topping!Jump to Recipe
If you prefer, try your hand at a classic family favorite from one of our moms!
If doing a crust makes you nervous, try the Apple Crisp or the Swedish Apple Cake – No Crust!
- Grandma’s Apple Dumplings with Caramel Sauce (Laura’s Grandmother)
- Apple Crisp – Gracie Olinger’s Apple Goodie (My Mom)
- Swedish Apple Cake (My Mother-in-Law)
What do you think of my observation about the connection between moms and apple dessert? Does it hold true in your household? Leave a comment and let us know. I’m curious.
Classic Apple Pie
This recipe is pretty similar to any two-crust fruit pie (although with berries you'll want to add a thickener, like roughly 4 tbsp tapioca). The fruit pie formula: approx 6 cups fruit, 1/2-1 cup sugar (depending on tartness of fruit), seasoning to complement the fruit (cinnamon, lemon, allspice, orange zest, etc.).
Pie Crust (Traditional, non-Buttermilk)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter very cold, cut into cubes
- 6 tbsp ice water may need up to 8 tbsp
- Pulse the flour and salt together in a food processor with a steel blade. Add the cold cubed butter. Pulse in short 3-5 second intervals until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal sand. [If you do not have a food processor you can also cut the ingredients together in a bowl using two knives or a dough cutter.)
- Transfer mixture into a medium bowl. Sprinkle 4 tbsp of ice water over the mixture. Fold in the water until the dough begins to come together. Add more water if needed.
- Form the dough into two balls. Flatten each into a 4-6" wide disk. Dust lightly with flour, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 days).
- Let the dough sit at room temp for 30-40 minutes before rolling it out.
- OPTIONAL: Pre-bake bottom half of the pie shell. Cover the top of the dough with foil, press the foil to fit tightly. Fill the pie shell (over the foil) with dry beans, pasta or ceramic weights. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and weights. Continue to bake for an additional 9 minutes.
Apple Pie Filling
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
- Peel, core and cut apples into 1/2" slices.
- Toss apples with sugar, lemon juice and zest, salt and spices.
- Turn fruit mixture into prepared pie shell.
- Roll out dough for the top. Place on top of fruit. Crimp edges. Prick the top or cut in a few slices to vent.
- Bake until crust is golden brown - about 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees continue baking for another 30-35 minutes until the filling is bubbly and the crust a deep brown.
- If possible, cool to room temperature before serving.
Dutch Crunch Apple Pie
- 1 Basic Buttermilk Pie Crust See Our Recipe
Apple Pie Filling
Dutch Crunch Topping
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ cup demura sugar or brown sugar
- ⅓ cup butter cold, diced
- Preheat oven to 450℉
- Roll out pie crust and put into pie pan. Set aside.
- Pro Tip: Use leftover dough to make cut outs of leaves if desired. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Peel and core apples. Slice and add to bowl. [Pro tip: I squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl that I will be adding the apples to. That way I can toss them with the juice as I go. ]
- Add the remainder of the ingredients.
- Toss until apples are evenly coated.
Dutch Crunch Topping
- Mix flour and sugar together.
- Add cold diced butter and cut into the mixture until crumbly.
- Sprinkle on the top of the pie.
- Add leaf decorations if you have them.
- Bake pie for 10 minutes @ 450℉
- Reduce oven temperature to 350℉
- Bake for another hour.
- Let rest for at least an hour before serving.