My daughter had one final request before she went back to college. Bake an apple pie, please. It’s still summer around these parts and I’m still craving summertime flavors, but I acquiesced. How can I refuse my only child? I can’t. Plus…pie! I made up a batch of cinnamon ice cream to top it off, just add a dash cinnamon to your favorite custard style vanilla ice cream recipe. Trust me, it’s yummy. We use the recipe in the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker booklet.
I like my pie served warm with ice cream melting all over it. Some folks like a slab of melt-y cheddar. Some folks like a generous dollop of whipped cream. Pie purists take it naked and unafraid.
However you like it, this is a Damn Good Apple Pie.
As in, “Damn! This is good apple pie!”
Let’s get to baking, shall we?
- 6 cups Granny Smith Apples (about 5-6 large apples sliced)
- 2 tsp. Lemon Zest
- 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. flour
- ½ stick butter
- Pre-made Pie Crust
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp. flour
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Slice apples.
- Toss with sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, and flour.
- I find it useful at this point to let the apples sit a moment and drain any juice from them to prevent your crust from getting soggy.
- Place the pie crust into the pie pan. Use your fingers to flute the edges. As you can see, my fluted edges didn't stay fluted. I'm cool with that.
- Dot the apples with butter chunks.
- Add the rest of your apples and more butter.
- Make the topping by mixing butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour into a streusel/crumb consistency with fingers. You can adjust the flour/sugar to make as much as you need to cover the pie. I'm an eyeball it kinda cook. Sprinkle this all over top of your apples, to the edges.
- Place pie in a 425 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.
- Halfway through baking place foil around pie crust edges to prevent it from burning.
- Pie is finished when the topping browns and the apples are soft.
- Let cool on a wire rack before cutting.
- Serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
We won’t blame you if you don’t want to wait until it cools.
Sweet, tart, crusty, bubbly, ooze-y, apple-y goodness!
Dive right in, baby!
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