Family Favorite Recipe- Apple Pie with An Easy Flaky Crust

Today I am linking up with lots of other great bloggers to bring you our favorite family recipes.  I decided to re- share my mother's apple pie and crust recipe since we have just one more short month until we'll be apple picking!    

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Apple Pie With an Incredibly Easy Flaky Pie Crust

I have always love my mother's apple pie.  No matter what other pies I taste, her apple pie is still my favorite.  I got her recipe a few years ago and discovered that it's not just the pie filling that makes her pies so great; it's her crust too! 

I have found this pie crust recipe to be so easy to mix up and so delicious for a variety of dishes.  It makes 6 crusts at a time so it's enough for three full pies; plus it freezes beautifully so I can make up a big batch and they last for quite some time.

My favorite apple pie is made with Cortland apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and butter. The apples cook up perfectly and I find that it has just the right texture and taste.  Though, I rarely have a pie that looks beautiful at the end it sure does taste exceptionally good!

But now onto the crust!

For the crust you will need:

4 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups shortening
1 Tbsp white vinegar (though I do use apple cider vinegar when making apple pie crust)
1/2 cup water

Mix flour, sugar, and salt with a fork.  Add shortening and mix until crumbly.  I usually use my stand mixer with the paddle.

Beat egg,  water, and vinegar gently with a fork and then add to dry ingredients and stir.  It will start to clump together. 

Divide dough into 6 portions, shape into balls and then refrigerate for 1/2 an hour before using.  I often wrap the balls in plastic wrap and then place all 6 inside a gallon size freezer bag.  Then I store in the freezer. 

I only have 5 dough balls because I dropped one large handful on the floor!

Once I had my pie crusts all made and my dough had chilled sufficiently, I turned to making my pies.  I often make 3-4 at a time and freeze them for the holidays.  

To make the apple pies you will need:

6 cups Cortland apples
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsp butter
2 pie crusts

I first start by rolling out one of the pie crusts using a pie mat, flour and a rolling pin. 

My boys take turns peeling all of the apples and we find our apple peeler from Pampered Chef works the best because it also slices the apples for us.  Otherwise we'd be sure to slice them nice and thin.
Once we have 6 cups in a large glass bowl we mix in the sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

We pile all of the apples into the pie pan (and often have to press down to fill in any holes).  We dice the 2 tablespoons of butter into small chunks and dot the top of the apples with the butter.  I then roll out the second pie crust and place it over the top of the pie rolling up the edges and pinching them together. 

I prick the pie crust with a fork for venting and cover just the edges of the pie with tin foil. I set the pie pan on a baking sheet in case the pie bubbles over or leaks. Then I bake the pie at 425 for 30 minutes.  

I remove the foil from the edges of the pie and then bake for an additional 15 minutes until the crust is a night light golden brown all over. 

We let it cool and then we always cut one up and enjoy it with some nice cold, ice cream! 


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  1. YUM! Looks like the perfect Apple Pie to me and just in time as I will be doing all things Apple very soon!!

    1. Us too! I try very hard not to count down because I do enjoy summer so much but there is something about the fall and fresh apples and changing leaves that I just LOVE!

  2. I am holding onto Summer as long as possible BUT this looks delicious- will def try it this Fall!

    1. I try to do the same thing but know fall will be upon us before I know it here in New England!

  3. Oh, my!! Your apple pie looks scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe! The one I use for crust is very similar to yours. Here in Arkansas, apple season is almost upon us. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. You are so welcome for the recipe and thanks so much for the pin! I was told at our local orchard that we have about 3 weeks left until apples should be ready...

  4. Apple pie is my favorite dessert - yum! Pinned and shared with the world!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing it with the world! :)

  5. I love apple pie and what a perfect recipe to share with fall just around the corner! And a yummy crust makes an apple pie for sure!

    1. Thank you! I do think the crust can make a big difference on a pie. This one is nice and flaky.

  6. Classic apple pie is always a treat! It's so great that you have your mother's recipe. Pinning.

    1. My mom isn't one for much cooking or baking but there were some of her recipes that I just KNEW I had to have. After my memere passed away and I realized I didn't have ANY of her recipes I wanted to make sure that didn't happen again.

  7. This brings back wonderful memories of my mom making appie pie! She wasn't much of a cook for seven kids, but she could throw down tasty apple pies! Pinning!

    1. That sounds like my mom! Well she only had 4 kids, and while she did cook and bake she didn't really enjoy it but there are some dishes that we still request to this very day that no one else seems to make just like her.

  8. I haven't had an apple pie in like forever! Thanks for sharing your family recipe! Pinning to share.

    1. Oh I just love apple pie! We make it each and every fall.

  9. We’re apple pie lovers too around here, but I’ve never made it quite like this. Thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  10. Going to give your recipe a try, sounds yummy!! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 5 for Thanksgiving Recipes. Shared.


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