Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I've made a zillion apple pies in my life that I thought were pretty good. However, the following recipe is new to me, and I have to tell you it is the absolute BEST apple pie I've EVER tasted.
Sorry about this photo, I cut the pie when it was still too hot

When I served this pie to Picky-Picky husband and guests, no one spoke. All I heard were forks clicking on the plates, and the muffled sounds of "oooohhhh man!!"  and "Mmmmmmm"  (a good sign). The first servings of pie were followed quickly by second servings and comments like "wow, that's good".  I totally agree!!!
Double 9" pie crust
6 large Granny Smith apples
½ cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon corn starch
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract + enough water to = ¼ cup

Peel and thinly slice the apples. Place them in the bottom half of the pie crust. NOTE: It is important that you use a DEEP dish pie plate or you will get spill over.

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the flour and corn starch and stir until smooth.  Measure 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract into a quarter cup measure, and then fill the rest up with water (total liquid ¼ cup). Add the liquid, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the melted butter. Bring to a low boil (actually not a boil...just let it start to boil around the edges of the pan for about 30 seconds.

Take off the heat and pour over the apples.  Put on the top crust. Pinch the edges shut and cut some vent holes in the top crust.  Brush the top pie crust with beaten egg whites and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Place pie on a baking sheet (in case it spills over), and bake in PREHEATED 400 degree oven for 1 hour or until apples are tender. Let cool until you can hold your hand (comfortably) on the bottom of the pie plate before cutting.

The pie tastes almost like a mellow caramel apple, it is beyond good!!


Sonya said...

Coleen that looks amazing! I wish you could box that up and send it over to The Netherlands : )

Ana Rita said...

Collen i just adore apple pie, and this one is possibly the next one i'll try!


Debbie said...

Love apple pie. We go apple picking every fall and I'm always in search of new apples recipes. I will have to give this one a try!

Nancy said...

You keep outdoing yourself, Coleen! To leave a group of diners speechless is something we all aspire to do. Yeah for you and thanks for sharing

teresa said...

i'm TOTALLY craving this right now!

Linda said...

Wow! Sounds just fabulous!

Peggy Clyde said...

Apple pie is one of my two favorite pies. I can almost taste it now. Thanks.

Jackie said...

I agree.....best apple pie ever!!

betty r said...

Oh Coleen am I allowed to drool? This apple pie sounds oh so delicious! It is apple season, the right time to try this wonderful pie!

Nancy said...

I made this pie a few days ago and it was delicious! It was gone in a day and a half. The filling was nice and thick. Sometimes I have trouble with soupy apple filling but this was awesome! I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the great recipe.

jackatessa said...

$2.29 a pound!! Man, I thought that $1.79 was bad!!! The cake looks delicious!

Cheese with Noodles said...

I already have an apple pie recipe that we love (and that received a similar response from people- made it for 4 people and the entire thing was gone in half an hour thanks to the 2 guys!) but I will have to try this too. Haven't seen an apple pie recipe with a cooked butter and flour based sauce before!

Tricia said...

Coleen, I made this apple pie with your "Perfect Pie Crust" recipe & both were absolutely delicious. I thought I had the best apple pie & crust recipes but yours are over the top. My husband, who also is picky, kept on mmming & saying wow! the entire time he ate his two pieces. I made two pies & gave one to our neighbor who plowed our driveway today. Haven't heard back from him but I'm sure he loved it. Thanks for posting these recipes. I have bookmarked many more of your recipes to try.