Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Granny Apple Pie

This post started with pickles. You may wonder what pickles have to do with an apple pie...I met Dalia over the Pickle Pot Pickles Post. We began a dialogue about how our different regions preserve pickles. I have really enjoyed my visits with her. She recently ask me to bake an apple pie for her International Apple Pie Recipe Collection .
This is the Granny Apple Pie that I baked for Dalia and her International Apple Pie Recipe Collection.

Start With a Nice Basket of Granny Smith Apples

The Crust
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup Crisco Shortening
6 tablespoons ice water
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 egg beaten
Blend the flour, salt and shortening until the dough has small balls.
Next beat the egg and mix in the vinegar with the ice water.
Add the egg mixture to the flour, salt and shortening and knead until a dough is formed. Refrigerate until cool before rolling the dough out for the crust.

The Filling
6 cups peeled Granny Smith Apples sliced
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground anise
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
Peel and slice the apples. Mix the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and anise  together. Mix 3/4 of the sugar mixture with the apples and set aside. 
Peel and Season The Apples
While the apples are resting roll out the crust. Sprinkle the remainder of the sugar mixture on the bottom of the crust, then pour the apples in the crust.
Dot the butter over the top of the apples.
Put a top crust on the pie. Brush the crust with a thin wash of sweet milk then sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon.
Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour you may have to cover the edge of the crust to keep it from browning to much, it depends on the oven.
If you can wait...let the pie cool before cutting
I topped the pie with a scoop of ice cream and a sprig of mint from my herb garden. I hope that you enjoy this pie as much as I enjoyed making it just for you!
Peace and Joy


  1. I love apple pies and this looks delicious! Really wish for a slice now!

  2. It's time for some real decadent apple pies! How I love autumn.

  3. Hi Miz Helen!! This pie looks so scrumptious! I have not gotten into pie mode yet because Mother Nature has had a really hard time showing Arizona that it is really fall yet. But soon I will be all about working on my gluten free pie crusts!! Your recipe looks absolutely delicious.

  4. Ooo, that looks so perfect for autumn, so delicious and comforting and I bet, wonderfully in scent too...

  5. Kim...you might try Better Batter gluten free flour it is a cup for cup flour and makes the most delicious pie crust.

    I was going to make an apple pie this weekend...just may have to try this one....yummers

  6. Angie,
    Welcome to The Cottage. I am so happy that you will be following along with us. I will look forward to seeing you here.

  7. Miz Helen, your pie looks absolutely delicious. I'd love a piece with some homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

  8. Miz Helen, thank you, it looks great. I am curious to bake it myself, and one day I will! - though I have to find what to replace Crisco Shortening, as I don't think we have any shortenings here. Maybe just butter?
    I have put a clickable link to your recipe in my Apple Pie Collection
    Everyone is invited and very welcome to share your recipes of Apple Pies, Cakes, sharlottes, strudels.

  9. My father-in-law is always after my mother-in-law to make "green apple pie". She just made one and I happened to have a piece last night so I know how good this tastes. The vanilla ice cream is mandatory. Yours looks amazing.

  10. This looks like a truly delicious apple pie! I love apple pie, in fact,we have one sitting in the fridge as I speak and now you've just convinced me to go grab a piece. Thanks for sharing!

  11. That last picture of the finished piece looks so very delicious! I adore apple pie - all things pie actually!

  12. Looks like your apple pie is a hit!! I can see why...it looks delish!

    My grandma taught me the vinegar in pie crust trick to make it more tender. It works every time.

  13. Looks like company is coming to your house! Delicious, is all I can say.

  14. Never heard of vinegar in the pie crust, but thank you in advance for the yummy recipe, soon to be paired with all of the apple pie filling that I just canned.

    Thanks for sharing with Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday @ WhoIsLaura.com

    Dr. Laura

  15. Oh that looks delicious especially with the ice cream on top.

  16. This looks so great. I can almost smell it...yum.


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