Fresh is best.
I know that a freshly baked apple pie is the very best – especially when it’s homemade. I have a recipe for homemade apple pie filling, and that’s usually my go-to for apple pie. When you’re out of ingredients for a freshly-baked pie, homemade apple pie filling is next best. If you want to can some homemade pie filling, go to that recipe.
One day as I was out and about, I got a text from my son who lives in Colorado. Ben decided he wanted to make apple pie and he needed a recipe. He wanted it now. I was driving down the Interstate, so I called my friend Marj, who makes the best apple pie in Virginia (I think). Then I called him back and gave him the recipe. He used it, and I heard he won rave reviews for “his” apple pie.
Apples for the fresh apple pie.
A tart, firm apple makes the best apple pie. There are many choices out there, and Ben made two pies, using Granny Smith apples for one and Honey Crisp for the other. (He’s a Google guy, so he checked it out). When he was home over Christmas, he made another pie for us, and he used what I had on hand: Red and Golden Delicious.
My family likes a crumb topping on apple pie, but you can use a pastry crust for the top if you’d rather. I’m sure one reason my gang likes the crumb topping is because I prefer it over making a top crust, so it’s what they’ve had all their lives.
The how to.
It’s simple, really. You use ingredients you have in your kitchen: apples, sugar, flour, and cinnamon for the pie. My friend Marj told me she doesn’t use cinnamon; I’ve had her pie and never realized! Ben likes cinnamon, so he added it to his pies.
For the crumb topping, you’ll need butter (or margarine), flour, and brown (or white) sugar. If you like a caramel flavor, you use the brown sugar. It’s really up to your taste buds or whomever you want to impress. 🙂
Wash and peel the apples.
Add all your ingredients to a bowl: sliced apples, sugar, flour, and cinnamon (optional).
It will make a heaping pie plate full, but the pile will flatten as the pie bakes. Trust me.
For the crumb topping, use a pastry knife or a fork to mix the ingredients.
Mix your sugar and flour together, then slice the butter into small sections. Add the butter to the sugar/flour mixture. “Cut” the butter into the sugar/flour mixture until it is crumbly, like this:
Put the apple mixture into the pie crust, then top it with the crumb topping (or crust).
And this is the finished product. Ben wanted to try out the pie plate he was given for Christmas.
The recipe for homemade, fresh apple pie.
- 6 firm, tart, sliced apples
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1-2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- Crumb topping ½ cup butter or margarine
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- Wash apples, then peel and core.
- Slice apples
- Mix flour, sugar and cinnamon together, then add to the apples
- Put into pie crust
- Make crumb topping by mixing ingredients
- Then put on top of pie
- Bake at 350 for about 45 -60 minutes
I first posted this five years ago and I’m bringing it back as one of my favorite recipes to celebrate the goodness and sweetness of God in Covid-19 2020.