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Apple Pie

November 8, 2011

Easy as apple pie!  This beauty has a baked-on topping that is as gorgeous as it is delicious. I made this Sunday while taking a break from raking leaves and the smell that wafted around the house was the perfect addition to a quintessential autumn day. The recipe came from my sister Carol who made it weekly during her daughter in-law’s pregnancy, no wonder the resulting baby is such a sweetheart. I used up the last of my walnuts while making a big batch of granola last week and didn’t have time to run to the store so mixed in some of that granola as a substitute in the topping. The ground dried cranberries and cherries along with the oats added some color to the top. It was gobbled up so quickly I never got a photo of it on a plate with the vanilla ice cream I picked up from Homer’s on our way to the Family Promise dinner. This week we had the pleasure of hosting a family with 3 children…after our dinner of beef stew made with root vegetables, japanese greens and lots of love,  Heavenly Hearth bread and salad, we dug into the pie and ended up with an empty platter, but our stomachs and hearts were full. Please take some time to look at the amazing program called Family Promise (Interfaith Hospitality Network) and see if you have a chapter in your area where you can help families that face homelessness.

Carol’s Apple Pie

  • 6-7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered and cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • double pie crust


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or granola)


Preheat oven to 425. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, sugar, melted butter and dark corn syrup. Set aside. Peel apples, cut into quarters, remove core and chop into 1/4 pieces. Place apple pieces in a large bowl and thoroughly combine with ingredients from small bowl. Lay one circle of dough in a deep pie dish and fill with coated apples. Cover with second circle of dough. Seal edges well and cut several slits in top with a sharp knife. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. While pie is baking, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, flour, melted butter and nuts/granola for topping. Remove pie from oven, cover with topping and return to oven for 5-10 minutes until topping is bubbly.  Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Remember to count your blessings for a warm home and all the other good things in your life, share some of your bounty with others,  and give thanks.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 8:44 am

    What a fabulous recipe! It is always so satisfying seeing what you have made be gobbled up.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. November 8, 2011 9:21 am

    Thanks Mandy – it’s good and it’s easy a winning combination.

  3. brc permalink
    November 8, 2011 9:37 am

    Love the photos Amy!!! I can smell it just looking at the pictures 🙂

    • November 8, 2011 12:26 pm

      Thanks brc! I wanted to try this poloroid collage.. can’t really them close enough but glad you like ’em.. it did smell amazing 🙂

  4. Dreiske permalink
    November 8, 2011 10:45 am

    As usual, your photos look so delicious that I now want to start licking my computer monitor,
    That beautiful blue pie plate also caught my eye… where did you get that from? It looks handmade!

    • November 8, 2011 12:30 pm

      Ha! You ALWAYS make me laugh Dreiske…thanks for that! The pie plate was my mother’s and is quite old so I’m careful with it. I will check the bottom to see if it is marked in any way. She loved handmade ceramics so I would not be suprised if it were. 2 of my siblilng’s friends were potters so our home, growing up, had some really gorgeous pieces including 2 of my favorites, a hand thrown lamp base with beautiful shade with pinholes and paper cuts to resemble a shaft of wheat, and a colander with all those perfect holes for draining water, not sure how it was even made. All precious pieces.

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