One of my most favorite fall traditions its going apple picking with the kids. We get to pick and eat apples to our hearts content. We visit a local farm that has kid friendly actives, and all kinds of animals roaming around the property. Its Karabin Farms in Southington, Connecticut . It has the cutest little store front, my kids favorite part is that short hayride to pick apple's. We go every year. It makes for quite the afternoon. Also, how can I forget the mini apple cider donuts which are amazing.
We always end up with way too many apples, because somehow the small bag doesn't seem enough. Like I posted on my Instagram, apple pie and apple crisp are in our future. Today I'm sharing my husbands grandma's recipe. This recipe is super easy and delicious. My kids love to help too.
Easy Apple pie Recipe.
Pie filling recipe 25 minutes
You can make the filling first and set it aside so all the flavors come together and lets all the juices out.
6 or 7 medium to large apples. I personally prefer honey crisp or a combo with whatever I have, (but use your favorite) cored and peeled.
Cut apple into similar size pieces place in a large bowl
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
pinch of salt
2 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla 1-2 tablespoon flour
Combine all dry ingredients together, sprinkle vanilla, then add to apples and toss together.
Pie crust Prep 10 minutes.
Two pie crust shells. (Store bought) or home made.
Single crust recipe. (you may double this recipe or you can make two separate batches).
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 shortening/ butter if you prefer
cold milk or water (milk makes it super flakey)
Egg wash to brush on the top, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of water (optional)
Direction: In bowl mix together dry ingredients, (flour & salt), then cut butter/ shortening in to pea size pieces add to bowl. Add cold liquid by sprinkling tablespoon at a time, using a fork or your fingers, gently toss mix until combined. Continue adding liquid a spoon at a time, using the sides of the bowl to help bring it all together until the entire mix is moistened.
Use a little extra flour on a flat surface, with a rolling pin roll pastry for the center towards edged in a circle about 12'' or so in diameter lightly dusting as needed. Place first crust in pie dish, firmly press crust into the bottomed sides, add filling, place the second crust on top, pinch together. Using a knife make small slices on the top pie crust. brush with egg wash and sprinkle it with a little sugar and bake.
Preheat oven to 375 bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then serve. *Caramel sauce, and or ice cream is delicious.
What about if your trying to avoid sugar or gluten here is a tasty simple allergy/sensitivity friendly option. This is all to your specific taste, but this is what I at when I make pie for the rest of my family.
1 tablespoon butter or substitute example coconut oil
2 medium apple pealed and cored
a pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (I love cinnamon so for me the more the better)
a pinch of cloves
a pinch of nutmeg
a small pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of flour substitute I prefer cassava flour
2 table spoon of sugar substitute, that you can use, example maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Mix together apples and spices in a small bowl and set aside. Heat butter in a pan on the stove top. Add to pan and cook until apples are tender but not mushy. Remove from stove, plate and enjoy.