05 October 2017

Apple Pie - Autumn Classic

Apple Pie - Autumn Classic - with All-Butter Pastry - and lots of tips / www.delightfulrepast.com

Apple pie is among those things I posted in the first months of blogging before I had many (any?) readers, so it has had few comments or Pins. So I'm bringing it out again, hoping it will now get the attention it deserves!

Apple pie has always been one of my favorite desserts. My earliest food memory is of being in the kitchen watching my Southern grandmother make one when I was not yet three.

I was fascinated that she could peel the apples in one continuous spiral, something I still cannot do. She served her apple pie with vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee. 

Tea was the beverage of choice of my English grandmother, and her apple pies were more likely to have a side of custard sauce or whipped cream. But I don't recall ever seeing her follow that other (unappealing to me) English tradition of Cheshire or Cheddar cheese with apple pie.

"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness." ~ Jane Austen

Peach pie is my number one favorite. But when peach season ends, that's it for me until next summer. Buying only in-season produce grown as close to home as possible gives us the pleasure of anticipation and supports local farmers.

And both apples and peaches are on the Top 12 list of fruits and vegetables most important to buy organic because of having the highest levels of pesticide residue in the conventionally grown.

Apple Pie - An Autumn Classic - with All-Butter Pastry - lots of tips for the perfect pie / www.delightfulrepast.com
And this illustrates why you should let the pie cool for three hours before cutting. When you cut the pie too soon, the juices run out; cooling prevents this problem.


I like to combine two apples with different qualities in a pie. A good combination of two that are readily available (in the US, anyway) is Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. But I made this one with all Braeburn.

If you are fortunate enough to have an apple tree or live in an area where you can buy heritage apples, go for it. Look for varieties that are good "pie apples." I like Bramley and Cox's Orange Pippin, but haven't tried them in a pie yet.

You might also want to check out my Rustic Apple Tart - Sour Cream Pastry.

What are your favorite pie apples? And do you like the pie cooked until the apples are tender but still holding their shape, as I do, or until the apples are cooked down?

Apple Pie - Autumn Classic - with all-butter crust / www.delightfulrepast.com
Don't forget to Pin it!

Apple Pie


(Makes one 9-inch pie, 8 servings)

Pastry* for double-crust pie
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds (567 to 680 grams) Granny Smith apples (3 cups peeled and thinly sliced)
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds (567 to 680 grams) Golden Delicious apples (3 cups peeled and thinly sliced)
2 or 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup (4.67 ounces/132 grams) sugar
3 tablespoons (0.9375 ounce/27 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


* Check out the following pastry recipes: Pastry Tutorial - Food Processor or Pastry Tutorial - By Hand. If you're gluten-free, just double my Gluten-Free Pastry recipe and thicken the pie filling with tapioca flour rather than wheat flour.

1 Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or foil (I usually have a used piece of one or the other I'd like to get one more use out of). Spray a 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray and line with pastry; cover with parchment and place in the refrigerator. Roll out pastry for top crust on parchment; place on a baking sheet, cover with parchment and place in the refrigerator.

2 Peel and quarter apples, cut away cores and cut (the short way) 1/4-inch-thick slices into a large bowl (I use a 2-quart glass measure). Add lemon juice and toss gently. You can use all Granny Smiths, but I think the combination of the crisp, juicy, tart Granny Smith with the sweeter Golden Delicious adds a certain complexity to the pie and allows you to use less sugar.

Note: Don't get carried away with the apples as some are wont to do. I even got a little carried away and used 7 cups, when 6 cups is exactly right for my standard 9-inch Pyrex pie plate, which is the perfect pie plate.

3 In small bowl, combine sugar, flour, spices and salt; add to apples and mix well. Pour into pastry-lined pie plate, dot with little pieces of butter and put top crust in place; seal and crimp edge; prick top with fork, marking eight wedges, to vent. Place on lined baking sheet to catch any drips from the pie. Pop the pie in the freezer for 15 minutes while preheating the oven.

4 Move your oven racks so that you can place your pie on the lowest. Preheat oven to 425F/220C/Gas7.

Note: I don't always do it, but this time I brushed the top with a little cream and sprinkled on a bit of sugar mixed with cinnamon.

5 Bake for 20 minutes. Lower temperature to 350F/180C/Gas4 and bake for an additional 40 minutes, when the apples will be tender but still holding their shape. Cool on wire rack for 3 hours before serving; the pie needs that time to solidify so that all the juices don't run out when the pie is cut.

Note: To warm individual slices of pie, preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for about 10 minutes.

78 comments:

Louca por porcelana said...

Hi Jean!I almost can smell your apple pie perfume!It looks DELIGHTFUL!Yes,,I'd love to have a slice of it,maybe two...I love a german kind of apple pie called Strudel,made with white raisins and puff(or flaky?)pastry,very delicious too.Hugs,my friend!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Maristella! Yes, I love strudel, too. It's been far too long since I've made it. Perhaps I'll post that someday.

Mrs Shoes said...

We have apple trees - I think they are Braeborns, but they were here before we were, so not totally sure. I spent an entire afternoon prepping apples for the freezer this year. Your recipe is pretty much what I make, and I like the apples cooked right down too. Cheese on pie? Could never get to like it. Custard or ice cream though, bring it on!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mrs Shoes, I'm so jealous - I haven't had an apple tree in decades. My mother and I used to make a day of freezing apples every year. Such fun!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Yes, thank you, I’ll have a second helping, thank you, thank you. And did I mention thank you? Hold the tea. Hold the ice cream, the cheese (which some people like with apple pie), and the custard. With cream is good on anything, including more whip cream. 5 cleavers!

Jeanie said...

Apple pie is so Autumn! This looks wonderful. Bet it smells great coming out of the oven, too!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, I'm so honored to be the recipient of the coveted 5-cleavers award! Thank you. I'm with you on the whipped cream!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jeanie, you're right - the smell of apple pie, well, it's almost the best part!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Oh my gosh, Jean - yummmm!!! My parents are from Ireland and I love warm apple pie with custard....ok I'm going to pin this to make soon, I'm drooling now!!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Debbie, that's wonderful! Thank you for telling me your family warm apple pie with custard story!

Angie Schneider said...

Oh that pie crust looks so wonderful! I would love extra portion, Jean.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Angie. I do love pie crust!

Pauline Wiles said...

Apple pie is one of my all-time faves. I think, in general, I like the apples to still have some bite to them. And although I'm not the world's biggest custard fan, with apple pie, it's a perfect pairing. In fact, I'm off to check your recommendation for how to make that, too.

Mildred said...

I have never made a pie! My mom made applesauce pie and my grandma made fried dried apple pies. I like ANY apple pie! lol

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Pauline, thank you. It is a perfect pairing. I made it for my brother years ago. He had forgotten our grandmother's, but he loved it. I hope you will too!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mildred, I love fried dried apple pies, but I've never had, or even heard of, an applesauce pie - I'm intrigued!

Margie said...

Hmmm...I've never really thought of which pie apples I like best. I've enjoyed apple pie a la mode, but have never tried it with cheese.

ellen b said...

Looks as perfect as it should be. Yum!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Margie, I've never actually tried it with cheese either - it just sounds horrible to me! :D

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Ellen! Wish I had some right now.

csuhpat1 said...

That looks yummy.

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

Such a wonderful aroma. Apples baking with cinnamon. Delicious!! Your pie is beautiful! I don't make many pies, not like I used to. It's such a shame because Hubby and I like them but being at an age where calories stick like glue, we've had to sacrifice either desserts or wine. Guess what we picked?! :-)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, csuhpat1.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Marisa, thank you. And "Guess what we picked?!" - too funny! I do know what you mean, though. But I don't want to give anything up, so it's all about small portions with me.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Absolutely beautiful pie! I need to make an apple pie soon. I posted some of my best recipes when I first started blogging - with no readers. Did you delete the original post? I never know what to do with that and what Google does with that?

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Lea Ann. No, I left the original there but changed the link on my Recipes index page to go to this one.

Karren Haller said...

I fund your recipe in a party and I can smell pie baking, it looks so yummy, makes my mouth water.
I would love to have you share on Oh My Heartsie Girls Friday Features Linky Party
Pinned and Tweeted.
Hope you have a great weekend
Karren

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Karren, thank you so much! Pins and shares and your kind invitation are much appreciated. Will do.

Cocoa and Lavender said...

Well, it looks like you got a few more comments this time around, Jean! 😉 I have been considering reviving some early recipes, too - I think I had zero comments on my first two posts!

It's quite amazing how many variations there can be to something as simple as apple pie, and yet it is (they are?) classic. Ours our so different from one another and I promise you I will try yours to taste the difference!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

This is the time of year that I miss having fresh apples from the orchard we had in New Hampshire. This is apple season here in Germany and the hotel we just left gave us a big bag full. Now if only I could get someone to make me your pie. :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

David, thank you. That would be wonderful to compare two different versions. As long as it has apples and not a horrendous amount of sugar, I'm sure to like it.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Karen, you had an orchard?! That sounds wonderful. Hey, I'd strike up a conversation with some locals - I bet you could find one to whip up a pie!

FABBY'S LIVING said...


Love Apple Pie. Yes it is a classic for Fall and all year round.
Thank you for the recipe, I will try yours too. I'm pinning it.
Enjoy your weekend.
Fabby

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Fabby! And the Pin is much appreciated as well.

Regine Karpel said...

Yum.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my Jean, I just had a cup of Chai Apple Spice tea. Wouldn't a slice of your pie be perfect with it? I like my apples very tender in my pie, as I don't like them crunchy and undercooked. The spices in yours sound perfect! Thanks for sharing another fabulous recipe!!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Jean, your apple pie looks wonderful! Hubby's favourite will always be apple and he always got a home made apple pie for his birthday until recently. I usually use two kinds of apples, whatever is in season at that time of year. It has to be served with ice cream of course but I like it with cheese too. My Daddy always ate his with cheddar which is why I suppose I do. Have you never had a snack of apple slices and cheese? Same thing only better! I also prefer my apple pie heated up a bit. My physio therapist told me today that he will bake a home made, crust and all, apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner this weekend. I was so surprised because he is a young man of thirty-seven and I just figured his mother, wife, or grandmother would be making the pie. The young people are always surprising me! Have a lovely weekend, Jean!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Regine.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Kitty, thank you. You are so right - there's nothing more disappointing than being served a slice of apple pie only to find the apples are crunchy and undercooked!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Sandi. I'm with your husband - ice cream instead of cheese. Yes, I can enjoy cheese with a slice of raw apple and other raw fruits; but keep it off my pie! :D I'm impressed with your physiotherapist!

Cheryl said...

It is October 7th and I have not yet made an apple pie this fall. I need to amend that situation. I have always used Granny Smith apples in my pies, but perhaps I should experiment? Yes, to the "tender but still holding their shape" kind of pie! Definitely with a cup of coffee!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I always get an overwhelming urge for apple pie this time of year! It must be so delicious with a butter pastry, too! My favorite pie apple here in WA state is Gala. They are firm and sweet, but not too sweet. I don't like anything with my slice of pie - no cream, no ice-cream and especially not cheddar. Just pie. Yum! Thank you for the recipe - I need to try the butter crust. xx Karen

Leanne said...

I love anything that involves cooked apples Jean - that pie looks amazing - but I must confess to having an obsession with apple crumble too - it's one of my all time favourite desserts (but apple pie comes a close second!)

Tony Grant said...

Looks good, Jean. I see you have put cinnamon and nutmeg in your recipe. I actually like cloves in apple pie. Memories of childhood. Both my two sets of grandparents grew a number of varieties of apple trees in their gardens. Both my grandmothers made apple pies with their produce and both put cloves into their pies. Maybe that's a British thing. I like the sharp taste of cloves. Biting into into a clove can be a bit chewy and provide an extra sharp taste, but that was part of eating apple pie for us. All the best, Tony

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Cheryl, I've made many an apple pie with Granny Smiths, and they're good too. But I hope you'll try my half Granny half Golden Delicious sometime and let me know what you think of the combination. Enjoy your pie and coffee - a classic combination!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Karen, thank you. I hope you'll try the crust soon. Let me know how you like it, or if you have any problems with it. I usually prefer nothing with it, "just pie," too!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Leanne. Yes, I love apple crumble, too. We have that a lot around here!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Tony. My English grandmother didn't put cloves in her apple pie. Maybe that's more of a regional thing than an overall British thing? My mother's family was in the Lake District for hundreds of years. At any rate, Mr Delightful is not fond of that spice, so ...

Adri said...

What a lovely post, and your pie sounds delightful.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Adri. It would be delightful to have a slice right now!

Nicola said...

This is perfect...I plan to make an apple pie for Sunday lunch tomorrow and was wondering where to get a good recipe! #dreamteam

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Nicola, thank you! Let me know how it turns out for you.

Miz Helen said...

Your Classic Apple Pie looks amazing! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Miz Helen. And I hope you're having a great weekend, too!

Pom Pom said...

Oh how gorgeous, Jean! I do love apple pie. My favorite is rhubarb and next year my plant should produce some yummy pie. I think you've inspired me to make an apple pie.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Pom Pom! I hope to make some rhubarb pies next year, too (though not homegrown rhubarb), but in the meantime I'm loving these apple pies.

Roseann Hampton said...

There's nothing like a homemade fruit pie! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from www.thisautoimmunelife.com

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Roseann, thank you! Fruit pies are my favorites, especially apple, blackberry and peach.

Daniela said...

Jane Austen was right, apple pies means such a joy to me since I was a little girl !

Dearest Jean,
I've been missing you and your wonderful blog posts so much, cherished friend !

Sincerely grateful for all the interesting and tempting recipes you always share,
I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you

XOXO Dany

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Dany dear, thank you. I've missed you too. Can't wait to get some projects behind me so I can get back into my usual routine! Hugs.

Rhyming With Wine said...

The mix of spices in this pie sounds perfect for Autumn here Jean. Love a good apple pie. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

Jay said...

Apple pie is such a comfort food! I would love you to share this with Smell Good Sunday https://jaytriedandtrue.blogspot.com/2017/10/smell-good-sunday-34.html

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Dawn, thanks so much. And cut into 8 pieces, it is well within my daily sugar allowance! :-)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Jay, I'll do that! It definitely fits the "Smell Good" category - it smells amazing!

Bernideen said...

Oh this Apple pie looks wonderful. There are so many festivals right now and many sell apples so this is perfect for this time of year. Thank you for sharing Jean and sorry I am just getting here late to comment - life has been extra busy!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Oh Bernideen, thank you so much. I know how it is when life gets extra busy!

Laura Lane said...

Super yum!

Pinned it on my pie board.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/257690409912608934/

Pecan is my favorite autumn pie.
Apple is yummy, too.
Gotta have Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream on each of them.

Blessings,
Laura

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Laura! I love pecan, too, especially my own made without corn syrup. Can't wait to check out your pie board!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Perfect recipe for this time of the year! Who doesn't like apple pie? One of my favorites -- never tire of it. Yours looks excellent -- thanks.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, KR! And what autumnal bevvie would you recommend for it?

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Lovely, Jean. I'm a lover of cheddar cheese cooked in the apple pie! I love sliced apples with cheddar cheese for a treat! Thanks for the reminder of the pesticides in the apples. I will get organic for my Delightful Repast Apple Pie! My favorite pie is apricot followed by peach then apple.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sue, that's a new one on me - cooking the cheese IN the pie! And I forgot about apricot pie - next summer I'll be all over it! Glad you're going to get organic apples.

Red Rose Alley said...

Apple pie just says "Autumn" to me. Your apple pie looks amazing, Jean. There are so many apple goodies at this time of year to enjoy. I wish I had a piece of your Yummy apple pie to go with my coffee right now. It looks wonderful.

~Sheri

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Sheri. I wish I did, too!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Jean there is nothing that screams "it is the end of summer and thank goodness for that because fall is here" than apple pie. I will definitely be trying out your recipe.

April J Harris said...

I love a good apple pie too, Jean. I remember peeling apples with my Grandpa for pie - we used to try to get the skin off in a continuous spiral too. Apparently if you did, you could throw the peel on the floor and it would form the shape of the letter that was ti be the first letter of the name of the person you would marry! Your pie looks delicious, and I'm so glad you shared the recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul Link party. Pinning and sharing!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mary, thank you so much! Do let me know how it turns out for you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

April, thank you. And thank you for sharing your sweet apple pie/Grandpa story!

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