I'm not sure there is a prettier word in the English dictionary than "Pie." This one word will always get everyone's attention. Especially if you're using it in a sentence of, "I think I'm gonna make some pie." Anyone within hearing distance will automatically turn their head in your direction and nod aggressively in agreement. Oh yeah, pie. Who doesn't have a special memory that involves pie? Whether it was how your Grandma or Mom lovingly prepared the perfect pie. Or the diner the next town over that makes "The. Best. Pie. Ever."
I love to eat pies and I like to make pies. And I love when I actually have the time to do up one from scratch. We go apple picking every year and I look forward to making an apple pie. But for me, I don't like my pies to be too hard or too fussy to make. Simple is the always the key word here. So here it is. An easy, and simple apple pie recipe. Nothing fancy. No specialty ingredients. The apples are the star here. Just give yourself time and patience to make it. Simple deliciousness.
1 (9-inch pie) premade pie crust or Make Your Own
For the filling:
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
For the butter crumble topping:
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick (8 tbsp. butter), room temperature
Preheat your oven to 400F degrees. For those of you not really familiar with all the variety of apples. I'm using Granny Smith (green apples). They are more tart than red apples and they hold up better in baked goods. Unlike red apples, that can turn a bit mushy while baking.
I don't have an apple peeling and coring machine. So I just peel the apples with a small handheld peeler, and then just cut down four sides of the apples, then thinly slice them.
Discard the apple cores, or better yet, put them in your compost bin. Put your sliced apples in a bowl.
Toss in flour, sugar and ground cinnamon. Give it all a good stir to make sure all the apple slices are thoroughly coated.
I'm using my Wham Bam Pie Crust for this pie. After I make it, I keep it in the fridge while I'm making the filling.
Put apple filling into the pie crust. Making sure you spread it out and all the apple pieces are lying flat.
Now, time to make the crumble. In a bowl, combine, flour and sugar. Then add in softened butter.
Using a large fork, combine the flour mixture with the butter until it looks crumbly.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture all over the top of the pie.
Bake in the center rack of your oven for about 45 minutes until apples are soft and top is golden brown.
I don't know about y'all but I think pies taste even better the day after they are made.
I think it helps the filling really set up.
So this is a great pie to make the day before you actually need it.
Slice (and if necessary warm each slice in the microwave for a few seconds) and serve with a