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Back to Basics Apple Pie Recipe

Back to Basics Apple Pie Recipe – This was the 3rd-place winning pie recipe for the Art and Apples Festival in Downtown Rochester MI.

Oakland County Moms is proud to feature the award-winning recipes from the Art and Apples Festival in Downtown Rochester each year in our recipes section. Cheryl Zaranek of Rochester Hills, Michigan won 3rd place in the 2012 Art and Apples Pie Contest with this recipe for “Back to Basics” Apple Pie. Special thanks to Cheryl for sharing this delicious apple dessert recipe!

Back to Basics Apple Pie Recipe

Back to Basics Apple Pie Crust for 10-1/2 inch Deep-Dish Apple Pie

  • 2-2/3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 cup Crisco or butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 teasp. Sea Salt
  • 8-9 Tablespoons ice water (not just cold water)

Back to Bsics Apple Pie Crust Directions

Use a pastry blender to mix ingredients to a rice-like consistency.  Add the water and mix with a fork to a dough consistency.  Knead a couple of times.  Split in half for top and bottom crusts.

Back to Basics Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 12 Medium to large apples-peeled, cored, and sliced very thin I mix Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, and MacIntosh.
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups sugar depending on the type of apple used and desired sweetness.  I use less for a more tart taste
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teasp. fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teasp. cinnimon
  • 1/2 teasp. Sea Salt
  • 5 Tablespoons real butter

Back to Basics Apple Pie Filling Directions

Mix all dry ingredients sprinkle over apples and stir well. Roll out bottom crust and fill pie pan. Dot with butter. Roll out top crust and seal and crimp edges. Cut slits in top or use cut outs for venting. I use leftover crust and cut out leaves and apples to decorate the top. Brush with a little half and half. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Use 2 inch foil strips to cover the edges of the crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour or until bubbly and brown. Remove from oven. Take aluminum edges off. And let pie cool. May be served warm.


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