As American as Apple Pie

Apple Pie

It is the height of the summer holidays and many families go on vacation at this time of the year. We did the same. It is great to travel but it is even better to come home. After more than two weeks in Asia, we are glad to be home just in time for the local Fourth of July city fireworks display. Though still a little jet lagged, I decided to make an Apple Pie, something quintessentially American, as a reminder of our home and country. So pass the ketchup and mustard, for we’ll be having hamburgers and apple pie!

Apple Pie

Not too long ago I found this recipe at which had rave reviews. Though I have a tried and tested apple pie recipe, I took a chance and made this one for a party we were going to. The pie turned out beautifully and everyone loved it! It had just the right amount of sweetness with a thick, rich caramel like sauce which gave it great flavor.

The original recipe is called Apple Pie by Grandma Opel. I did make a few changes to it. I used a variety of apples to give the filling a little more texture. I also added some apple pie spice and reduced the amount of sugar used. Instead of pouring the sauce over the lattice crust, I layered it with the apples so that the apples will be more evenly coated. The recipe below is my adapted version.

The crust recipe is one I have used many, many times. I sometimes change the flours and proportions of ingredients used depending on the kind of pie I am making as in Turkey Potpie and Spinach Quiche.

Apple Pie
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup (11 tbsp/150g) butter or shortening
  • 7 to 8 tbsp cold water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple
  • 1 large Golden Delicious apple
  • 3 small Gala apples
  • ½ tsp apple pie spice
  • 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (135g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water
  • Egg wash
  1. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour and salt. With a pastry blender or two butter knives, cut in butter/shortening until flour resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir in cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough comes together. It is okay if there is still some loose flour. Do not overwork dough.
  3. Divide dough into 2, one about ⅝ and the other ⅜ of the total amount of dough. Form each portion into a ball. Wrap in plastic and allow dough to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  1. Core, peel, and thinly slice all apples. In a large bowl, toss sliced apples with apple pie spice. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in all-purpose flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer till mixture is thick and bubbly, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove.
Putting it together
  1. Roll out the larger dough ball on a lightly floured surface into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Gently transfer dough by wrapping it round the rolling pin and unrolling it onto an 8-inch (20cm) pie plate. Line pie plate with the dough and trim pastry to ½ inch beyond pie plate.
  2. Arrange a layer of sliced apples on pastry lined pie plate. Spoon a third of cooked sauce onto apples. Repeat to form 3 layers.
  3. Roll out the remaining dough ball. Cut pastry into ¾-inch (2 cm) strips. Weave strips over filling for lattice crust. Press end of strips onto the edge of pie plate. Fold bottom pastry over strips. Seal and crimp pastry.
  4. If desired, cut out stars from the dough trimmings using a cookie cutter. Brush stars with egg wash. Sprinkle a third of the stars with paprika, a third with sesame seeds, and the final third with poppy seeds. Arrange stars on lattice decoratively.
  5. Brush lattice with egg wash and bake in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 55 to 60 minutes.

As American as Apple Pie is joining the “America Day” event hosted by Casey at Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria.

Apple Pie
NOTE: This post was updated on May 22nd, 2013 with new pictures. No changes were made to the recipe.



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  1. denise fletcher says

    Brava! That's a gorgeous pie! I have a dirty little secret LOL I can't make decent apple pie, though I really enjoy a huge slice with vanilla ice cream! This looks fantastic – I love the caramel sauce variation! Very nice! I will have to give this one a try.

    Happy Fourth of July :)

  2. Pam says

    Your pie looks delicious! And that's definitely a twist with the sesame, poppy seeds and paprika. What could be more American than apple pie on the 4th! Have a great day!

  3. anncoo says

    WOW! Your apple pie looks delicious with the caramel sauce. How I wish I can be there with you to enjoy this great day.

  4. the lacquer spoon says

    Cute and yum! I know you need the kitchen and sweets therapy after such a long trip. Belated happy 4th of July :)

  5. Cristina TeenieCakes says

    I like the different apples you used in your recipe and your crust turned out beautiful (it's the most important part! :) ) Welcome home, Biren, and hope your family had a lovely holiday.

  6. The Mom Chef says

    As I saw the first couple of pictures, I was hoping that you'd include one that was a from-the-top shot so I could see the whole look of the pie. It's gorgeous. I think the layering is an outstanding idea too. Beautiful pie.

  7. lequan@luvtoeat says

    I love your creativity with the American Pie. Looks delicious too Biren. Great fireworks pictures!

  8. Reeni says

    The pie looks so festive with the stars on it! That was a nice touch – and I bet it was delicious! Hope you had a great 4th!

  9. rotinrice says

    Thanks Denise! I am really glad I found this recipe as the pie is delicious. Do give it a try and let me know what you think.

  10. rotinrice says

    Those beanies are really cute, aren't they? I still have the patriotic beanies somewhere. This guy is actually the larger buddy :)

  11. rotinrice says

    Thanks Qwen! This is a really delicious pie. I am glad I found the recipe. I hope you had a great 4th.

  12. rotinrice says

    Thanks Madin! The sauce makes the pie quite delicious. Glad to have found the recipe. Hope you had a great 4th.

  13. rotinrice says

    Thank you. It is good to be back home cooking. Still a little slow right now but be back to normal soon.

  14. rotinrice says

    I am with you about the crust being the most important part of the pie. A nice and flaky crust makes all the difference. Thanks Cristina, we had a lovely time.

  15. rotinrice says

    Thanks LeQuan! I love pies and enjoy making them. It wasn't easy to take those shots of the fireworks. I am glad some turned out ok.

  16. rotinrice says

    Thanks Reeni! It was fun decorating the pie and I am glad it turned out well. Also very glad I found this recipe as the pie is delicious. Hope you had a great one too.

  17. XiaoYen says

    Over in San Francisco, it was pretty foggy on July 4th which distorted the beautiful fireworks. Many people were burning them in the park and one man lost his arm after freak firework accident.

    I love apple pie. Home baked ones are simply the best!

  18. Kristi Rimkus says

    Lovely pie! Perfect for a 4th of July celebration. I hope you had a good trip with lots of fun!

  19. MagicofSpice says

    What a fantastic pie…I do not think I have ever seen an apple pie that was a work of art before. Love this!

  20. sweetlife says

    beautiful pie, i love the use of three apples, so many the cutouts on top


  21. Carolyn Jung says

    The seeds on the crust cutouts are so very clever. They look so festive, too! Hope you had a grand Fourth! 😉


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