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Grandma’s Apple Pie

November 19, 2015

Grandma's Apple Pie is packed filled with delicately sweet cinnamon sugared apples and then covered with a basket weaved latticed flaky crust and baked to perfection. Grandma's Apple Pie /

Don't judge me... I think a slice of grandma's apple pie for breakfast is, in my opinion, the breakfast of champions for those mornings where sleep was a blur and you are way too tired to beat an egg. If you break it all down, it really is not that bad lets see, we have apples and cinnamon. Heck, I put that on my oatmeal in the we have flour, butter, sugar... well maybe it is not the healthiest breakfast but this morning it was just perfect.

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We call my mom, grandma, as when you are 89 years young you deserve this all important title. My mom is an awesome little baker and her apple pies are to die for. She makes super flaky crusts and I love the slight little sweet tartness of the granny smith apples.

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I first published Grandma's Apple Pie on October 9, 2011 and have made this pie many times since then and have learned many lessons along the way and I have changed up the cooking process. Have you ever noticed that it does not matter how much flour that you put in your apple pie it sometimes gets watery inside the pie as the apples cook down? That, my friends, drives me absolutely mad and that is why I came up with the perfect way to overcome this issue...

Instead of making grandma's apple pie with uncooked apples, I cook on top of the stove my apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and vanilla just until they are still slightly firm but most of the moisture has evaporated off and then I put the apple pie filling in my pie crust to bake.

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This is the apple pie recipe that my grandmother past on to my mother and then on to me.  When I was about 15 years old, my mom and I volunteered at the Catholic Central fund raiser, a school function, and I had the rare opportunity of assisting to make over 250 homemade apple pies. I am pretty fast and coring, peeling and slicing apples and rolling out the dough now. In addition, I also still use the same rolling pin that was my grandmothers and then passed on to my mom and now to me. It would be almost criminal to use anything else!

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Grandma’s Apple Pie

By HWC Magazine  ,

November 19, 2015

Grandma's Apple Pie is packed filled with delicately sweet cinnamon and sugared apples and then covered with a basket weaved lattice flaky crust and baked to perfection.

  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Yields: 12 Adults or 2 Hungry Teenagers


Lattice Crust (makes 2 crusts top and bottom)

flour - 2 1/2 cups and extra of rolling

butter - 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

salt - 1 teaspoon

sugar or sugar alternative - 1 teaspoon

ice water - 6 to 8 tablespoons

Apple Pie Filling

granny apples - 8-10 large, peeled, core removed and sliced

lemon juice - 2 tablespoons to prevent apples from oxidizing and turning the apples brown

cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

brown sugar - 1 cup or sugar alternative

nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon

flour - 3 tablespoons

vanilla - 1 teaspoon

butter - 1 tablespoon

egg - 1 egg beaten

sugar or sugar alternative - 1 teaspoon


1Step 1. Pre-heat oven to 425 F. In a food processor or with a pastry dough knife blend flour and butter until crumbly. Then add salt, sugar and ice water until dough comes to a ball.

2Step 2. Remove dough from food processor or bowl and shape into one ball and then split the ball into 2 equal pieces. Place one 1/2 of the dough in the refrigerator to rest.

3Step 3. Clean and flour your working surface. Flatten 1/2 dough into a disk and roll out the dough with a rolling-pin so that it is about 2 inches larger in diameter than your pie pan.

4Step 4. Roll gently your pie crust onto your rolling-pin and lower gently over your pie pan. Gently allow the edges to comes to the bottom of the pan so that there is no gaps around the edges or bottom. Set aside.

5Step 5. Wash and peel and remove the core and slice apples.

6Step 6.  As soon as possible to prevent oxidation place the lemon juice on apples.

7Step 7.  Add brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and flour to apples and mix well. In a large frying pan, add the butter and cook the mixed apples until the moisture is evaporated and the sauce around the apples is thick and not watery. The apples should be slightly softened but not all the way cooked through. (About 10 minutes)

8Step 8. Add the prepared apples on top of the bottom crust in the pie pan.

9Step 9. Create the lattice crust:

10a) Take the other half of the dough out of fridge and place on floured surface and roll out dough to 1-2 inches larger in diameter than pie pan.

11b) Measure and cut dough for crust lengthwise into strips about 1/2 inches.

12c) Using every other one of the dough strips, lay dough about 1 inch apart on top of apples pie.

13d) Start the at one end and carefully pick up every other dough strip and lay it back upon itself. Insert a dough strip horizontal to the vertical strips. Continue the process with the remaining strips. Make a weave so it looks like a basket.

14Step 10.  With your thumb and index finger pinch the lattice crust to the rim of crust. Trim off excess crust but leave about a 3/4 inch overhang.

15Step 11. Fold the edge of the top piece of dough over and under the edge of the bottom piece of dough, pressing together. Flute edges using thumb and forefinger.

16Step 12. Brush pie crust with egg wash and sprinkle with a little granulated sugar.

17Step 13. Place pie in the oven initially at 425 F for ten minutes and then reduce heat to 350 F for 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apple pie is bubbly.

18Step 14. Serve apple pie warm with a dollop of whipped topping (Also great cold as a quick breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea. I have not idea why I would know about that....hmmm)

  • Wow the apple pie looks amazing! I’m gonna try and make a lattice weave for my apple pie next time (:

    • Thanks Jasline for stopping by. Everyone always thinks a lattice crust is really hard to do but the secret is it is quite simple. I hope you give it a try.

  • I love this. Can you believe I’ve never tried making a lattice pie top? I’m sad about Steve’s passing. Just watched his Stanford speech again…so inspiring!

    • Thanks Joanne. I am sure you can demo a short video on the how to make a lattice pie crust soon. ( ISad! ) Steve Jobs will be dearly missed.

  • Excellent pie and a nice way to remember Mr. Jobs! I have baked so many things in my amateur ‘baking career’ but really never made a pie! My daughter is always telling me that we should make a pie together… This is such an inspiration! 🙂

    • Dear Sibella, thank you for your lovely response. A great way to bond with your daughter is by cooking and baking together. My teenagers do like to occasionally assist in the kitchen but their primary role they are most proud of it Quality Assurances testers (food inhalers) and amateur food critics. You have to love teenagers!

  • Yes, teenagers are the best – not the kids anymore, but not quite grown up… 🙂 I call mine – degustators! 🙂 I sure will try to make a pie with my daughter! I’ve made a crust before but used it to make a gallette (with plums)… It was super yummy!

  • Yi

    I didn’t know the pie was a tribute to Steve Jobs. Then I wouldn’t need an excuse to ask for anothe slice on Sat eveing. It tastes just as delicous as it looks and more… This pie is on top of my to-cook-list now~~~ 🙂

    • Dear Yi, thanks for your lovely comment. I really wish you would have asked for a second slice of pie on Saturday as guess what I have been eating for breakfast the last 2 days? Yes, the breakfast of champions- homemade apple pie and a cup of tea!

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  • Thanks for sharing the pics of making the crust. I am so bad at making my own crusts. I either use the prepackaged crusts or I make a struessel topping. I’m going to try the lattice and see if I can make that work.

    • Dear Cheryl, thanks for stopping by. I have seen your recipes and you are quite the little baker! The lattice crust is not so hard. Even my husband was so intrigued by the process, he leant me a hand doing the weave. Take Care

  • That looks amazing. Love the lattice crust. Perfect tribute.

    • Dear Greg, Thanks for your nice comment. Looking forward to reading what cooking or mixing next in Rufus Food and Spirits Guide.

  • Yum! You did a lovely job on the lattice:) What a thoughtful tribute!

    • Thanks so much for your nice comment and we will all miss Steve Jobs!

  • That is a great tribute to a great man who was, and will continue to be! 🙂

    • Thanks Martyna, Steve Jobs has been a very positive influence on the world as we know it today.

  • Safie

    Dear Bobbi,I made an apple pie today.It was so good.Jason likes it so much.He said it tasted more delicious than Macdonald’s.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Safie, thank so much for sending me your beautiful photo of your apple pie. You did a fantastic job, almost like a pro. I am so glad you enjoyed my cooking lesson and look forward to having you again. Take care, BAM

  • A slice of grandma’s apple pie is definitely the breakfast of champions. What could be better. Fabulous pie Ba.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • kitchenriffs

    Pie makes a great breakfast! Great way to use leftovers (never a problem with your boys, I know!). 250 pies? That’s a lot! No wonder you’re an ace at pie making! Anyway, lovely recipe. Handed-down ones are always the best, aren’t they?

  • Yumbo! My Gram’s Apple Pie recipe is almost identical. I think it tastes twice as good because of the history/story of the recipe. Will have to dig up her cookbook and make a couple of the recipes some time soon. 🙂 Hope you are well sweet lady, and enjoying being home. Happy hugs from a VERY hot Australia. xox

  • hotlyspiced

    Well my son just ate leftover macaroni and cheese for breakfast so I’d say this is a much better breakfast option. I love the story of how this pie recipe has been in your family for such a long time. It’s a beautiful looking pie and I love the lattice work xx

  • kushigalu

    This pie just looks amazing. Wish I could grab a slice right now 🙂 YUMMY!

  • This looks like a wonderful pie! Grandma’s recipes are always best! 🙂

  • I think it’s so special that you have your grandmother’s rolling pin 🙂

  • OK pie for breakfast should never be judged. Love this family recipe 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying time back in Michigan! Happy Holidays Bobbi!

  • What a fabulous looking apple pie Bobbi, your lattice work is perfect.

  • What a beautiful pie and such a special one since it’s a family recipe! Those are the best! Now you just have to make sure your boys get in on the tradition 🙂

  • What a great idea to cook off some of the moisture from the apples first! I’ll definitely give that a try next time. The apple looks so beautiful and delicious, I can have a slice anytime!

  • Judge you for apple pie for breakfast? No way – don’t you know that’s a New England tradition. One of my best friends from school days could not believe her luck when she stayed over my house the first time & got to have apple pie for breakfast (she’d moved up here from down south where they eat even stranger stuff … ahem – grits?). She lived with her older sister who was appalled that my mother allowed us to have pie for breakfast. Frankly, what’s the difference between a piece of apple pie & an apple pastry? I’ve seen people stuff worse in their mouths at breakfast.

  • This is a beautiful pie Bam! And whenever we have my Grandma’s blackberry cobbler we eat for breakfast too. It’s perfect. It’s mostly fruit right?! 😉

  • Moms cooking is always the best! And yes we do call my mom grandma as well

  • YES – I think a slice of grandma’s apple pie for breakfast is MOST DEFINITELY the breakfast of champions – homemade rocks and this pie looks amazing Bobbie! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • I just made my first lattice pie for Thanksgiving – apple and cranberry. I was so tickled with how it came out. My mom was an epic pie maker and she passed away in August. It’s my goal to learn to make pies… and hopefully half as good as her.

  • mjskit

    Doesn’t everyone eat pie for breakfast? I always thought they did. 🙂 Well, mom’s apple die look divine!!!!!!

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  • You just can’t beat a homemade apple pie. This looks beautiful (love the lattice work) and mouthwatering. I can definitely eat it for dessert and then again for breakfast!

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