On Friday we went apple picking! It's one of our favorite things to do in the Fall. I came home with a bag of apples, mums, apple donuts, pumpkins, and a scarecrow. What do you think? Pretty darn cute, right?! I am having some trouble uploading my photos from the day, but if you happen to follow me on Instagram then you can see the lovely time we had. The apple trees were gorgeous! And we went with friends that made the day even better! ♥ I felt lucky.
When I got home I was trying to decide what to make with all of my apples. The answer was obvious. Apple Pie of course! Now I'm sure that everyone has their own recipe for apple pie. Some have caramel in it, some have pecans, some even have a chocolate crust. All delicious. But my favorite has got to be this recipe for plain old apple pie. It's simple, it's classic, it's not fancy, and I promise you it comes out perfect every time.
Pie dough (if you are using store bought then you need (2) 9 inch dough rounds. If you would like my recipe for homemade then click here. All you need is flour, shortening, salt, and water)
6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced (my favorite are Empire but any apple will do)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
Grease and flour a 9 inch pie plate. Roll dough out to about 11 inches and fit it into pan, leaving the excess to hang over the edge. With a fork, poke a few air holes in the bottom of the crust. Add the apples in an even layer. Add sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg (literally just pour over the top - no need to mix). Sprinkle with the flour (this will thicken the mixture as it bakes) and dot with dabs of butter. Roll out your top crust and cover pie. Crimp the edges to seal.
After crimping I go around the edge with a fork, like my Nana did ♥
Melt an additional 2 tablespoons of butter and brush it over the top, including the edges. Sprinkle with a dash of sugar and cinnamon. With a fork, make a few air vents in the top crust.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 1 hr. (tip*put your pie on a cookie sheet, that way if anything bubbles over it won't leak onto the bottom of your oven*)
And here she is!
She looks and tastes homemade! This pie is part of my life. It's been served at every holiday that I can remember. My first memory of my grandmother was her in the kitchen making apple pie. The smell of it takes me back to my childhood. It's pure comfort food to me. Simple and classic. Just as it should be ♥
Have you been apple picking yet this season? If so what are you making? I still have lots of apples left over : )