What do you get the person who has everything?  It gets harder and harder (as we get older) to find that perfect gift. This is the dilemma I faced with one of our dear friends.  Then I discovered he really likes apple pie.  Who wouldn’t want to be given a home made pie? So I set out to find a delicious but fairly simple apple pie to make for him.  This one is fabulous.  He now gets an apple pie every year for his birthday.  Actually, I make two at the same time because my husband also likes apple pie.  They both think it is the best gift ever!!!

I am not a pie maker but this recipe is fairly easy and straight forward.  As I mentioned earlier, I double the recipe to make two pies because I only do this once a year.  I also don’t make pie crust from scratch, I purchase mine from the freezer section of the grocery store.  They come in packs of two which is very convenient. Make sure to buy the deep dish variety and then over fill it a bit.

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Filling:

  • 6 cups thinly sliced apples
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 – 9 inch deep dish pastry pie shell (freezer section of grocery store J)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Put oven shelf in center of the oven.

Peel, core and slice apples.  In a bowl toss apple slices with lemon juice and vanilla. Stir together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour.  Then toss with the apples.  Fill the pie shell with the apple mixture.  Mound the slices if necessary.pie3

Topping:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup cold butter (1/2 stick) cut into pieces

Mix flour and brown sugar in a bowl. Cut in butter (use a fork if you don’t have a pastry knife) until is resembles coarse (not fine) crumbs. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the pie.pie5

Bake pie on cookie sheet, on center rack, for 40 to 50 minutes until the juices form bubbles that burst slowly and the pie is slightly brown on top.  Remove from oven and cool.

Now its time to party!!!

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