Mom’s Apple Pie

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Mom’s Apple Pie

By Paula Jones

When I saw this snappy little apple and pear apron, I knew I had to have it. It reminds me of apple pie. Not any apple pie, mind you, my mom’s apple pie! I haven’t gone a Thanksgiving without it, and I don’t plan on starting.

I can remember my Mom making this pie from the time I was little. She’d put on her apron (a cute little half apron with big pockets and a ruffle at the bottom - oh so stylish) and pull out her big lime green Tupperware bowl…you know the one.

Mom would start by peeling the apples, slice them up (by hand) and fill up the giant lime green bowl - I swear this is a Hulk-sized bowl! Then came the sugar and spice - oh so nice! Next up it was my turn! I got to stick my hands in and toss them all around. Yes, you’ve got to get in there and get dirty. No spoon is going to do that for you!

Mom’s pie crust is full of buttery homemade goodness (two sticks of buttery goodness to be exact). She rolled out the crusts with the ancient – oops, I meant to say “vintage” - wooden rolling pin that’s seen many a piecrust and threatened many who have tried to get their mitts on the apple filling before it was done!
Oh, the smells are intoxicating while it’s baking to bubbly perfection. It’s enough to drive you crazy and then that first bite: warm and toasty, the crunch of the apples, the sweetness of the sugar and cinnamon, the ooey, gooey sauce dripping down. Whew! Okay, it’s a recipe and not a romance novel… As you can tell, I love my Mom’s pie!
I must admit that I don’t cut my apples by hand. “Did you hear that? That was my Mom gasping!” My apple corer makes my life so much easier.
Now, when I put on my snappy little half apron (an updated version of my Mom’s classic) and pull out the ancient rolling pin that was so lovingly gifted to me, it takes me right back to Mom’s kitchen!

Mom’s Apple Pie
Yield:  8 servings

8 apples - peeled & sliced (half Granny Smith, half Macintosh)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – chilled and sliced
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons flour

2 1/2 cups All Purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks of butter, cold & cubed
1/4 - 1/2 cup ice water
Egg - lightly beaten for egg wash
Cinnamon sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 400ºF
In a food processor combine the flour, salt, sugar and pulse. Add in the butter and slowly gradually add the ice water.  Pulse until dough just comes together.  Don’t overwork the dough or it will make a tough crust.

Remove the dough from processor. Cut into two equal sections. Pat sections into discs and wrap in plastic wrap and place into refrigerator. Chill for 1 hour.  (can be frozen for future use)

In a small mixing bowl bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar & flour, set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, add the peeled and sliced apples.  Sprinkle spice and flour mixture over apples.  Toss to coat.

Remove one chilled disc of dough from the refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured surface, large enough to cover your pie pan.  Shape to fit, cutting off any excess.

Pour apple mixture into pie pan and add your sliced butter to the top of the mixture. Remove second dough disk from refrigerator and roll out large enough to fit the top of your pie with an overhang. Place pie dough on top of apple mixture and crimp edges to seal. With a knife, add four slits to your piecrust.  Lightly brush egg wash onto top of dough. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar.
Place onto a baking tray into preheated oven for approximately 50 minutes or until golden brown & bubbly. Allow pie to rest until cool before slicing. Refrigerate any uneaten portions.

Paula Jones is a food writer and recipe developer specializing in Italian cuisine. Paula believes that beautiful food doesn’t have to be complicated. is her culinary outlet where she showcases her delicious recipes and mouth watering food photography. Buon Appetito!

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Reader Comments:


Dear Ms. Seen. First of all Happy Holidays to you, and your whole entire family. Secondly, for the first time I'm doing a baking from scratch Christmas.And who better then to learn from then you!:-) I've already made your old fashion pound cake for Thanksgiving.grin So I'm going to attempted your apple pie from scratch for Christmas. Thank you so much for inspiration.And hurry up and come back on TV. Listen god is the only judge. And he gave you a gift to celebrate his fruits and his season. So let no!!!!one take or make or break you from this gift. Best Wishes! Mrs. Gayvette Bruce. From Princeton Nj.

By Gayvette Bruce on December 21, 2013


It was really good but I don't like using the dry mix so I add original applesauce to it so it's not so dry ttasting.

By Anonymous on December 12, 2013


What size pie pan is used for this apple pie?

By Anonymous on December 10, 2013


I should have read the reviews first! I thought that was too much nutmeg... It doesn't seem inedible but I think it depends on your taste. I think 1/2tbs is perfect... Also, I had way to many apples -- 5 is probably fine, or 4 depending on the size.

By Sarah on November 15, 2013


This pie was great except the nutmeg was too strong. I can just picture how amazing it would have tasted if there was only a teaspoon of nutmeg. I wish I read reviews first. I actually used 10 small apples. The crust is REALLY good! I will make this again(with less nutmeg).

By Ashley on October 10, 2013


TOO MUCH CINN. and NUTMEG!!!! Doesn't taste awful but definitely not the kind of apple pie i was expecting

By Lesa on September 07, 2013


Nutmeg is my favorite spice- loved this recipe!

By Anonymous on December 17, 2012


Great recipe!

By Meg on May 30, 2012


This recipe should come with a warning label - "Beware - this is A LOT of nutmeg!" We found it overpowering and unpleasant, a large helping of ice cream helped a little. :(

By Barbara Ann Rice on April 22, 2012


Oh one question thou Is it ok if the juice running off the pie when baking? thanks

By Jack Minh on December 14, 2011


I love the recipe..... just question... when it's bubling is it ok if the water/juice dropping from the pie?

By Jack JJ on December 14, 2011


Recipe is horrible. Wasted time and money. Way too much nutmeg, are you kidding 1 tablespoon? 8 apples are also too much, I could have just used 5 to 6. I agree with Mary on November 12, 2011. My wife and I have lost all faith in Paula Deen. She is too busy to pay attention. I hope she makes this pie this way and realizes how bad it really is. Her mom must have been a terrible cook....

By John Laur on December 04, 2011


Just made this pie....actually in the oven .....and didn't read the reviews til now!!! And wow! I'm scared I made a mistake!

By Anonymous on November 24, 2011


This pie was awful. I questioned the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg but figured I would try it Paula's way. I should have trusted my extinct, it's not even edible! Going in the trash!

By Mary on November 12, 2011


How many grams is a stick of butter ? the recipes should be in grams and milliliters, because the measures used in this recipe are not very accrued, i've weight all the ingredients and for example, 1/4 teaspoon of salt could be 5 to 8gm, 1/4 cup of water could be 30 or 40ml...

By John on November 06, 2011


the nutmeg overpowered the taste of this pie. was this a typo? did the write mean to list 1 teaspoon of nutmeg? the thrill of preparing and baking this beautiful pie for 2 hours evaporated immediately after the first bite.

By seth hendler-voss on October 21, 2011


Ms Paula I made this pie and it was a hit, but I divided the apples for 2 pies and it was perfect could have used a little more filing in each but next time I will make 1 1/2 of the filling mixture. My nephews said it tasted like McDonald Apple

By Amaya on July 11, 2011


Well Paula,I just love getting your emails and recipes. I have made this pie,only I cheated,I didn't make the crust.oops!!! But let me tell you it is sinful for a pie to be so good. I love you Paula and I wish you a Happy Mothers Day. I enjoy watching your cooking shows. You are beautiful and still so funny.

By Brenda Sullivan on May 05, 2011

A few reviews said that the pie came out runny. To avoid this try putting a couple of the individual servings of cinnamon/applesauce over the apples before you place the top crust. I make apple crumb pies exclusively and I have done this the last few years. My sons absolutely adore this pie and have made it themselves, but they said they like the addition of the applesauce even better.

By EdwinaC on December 07, 2010

I have to say this pie is very good. I was not sure about eating it after i read all the bad reviews about it. but this was very good.

By lindsey on November 10, 2010

This recipe is WRONG!! Don’t make this pie. There was so much nutmeg and cinnamon in it that I threw it in the trash.

By cindy on October 31, 2010

Don’t make this pie.  There is no way anyone could think this pie is delicious.  There was so much nutmeg and cinnamon in it that we couldn’t eat it.

By cindy on October 31, 2010

I questioned the recipe amount of nutmeg when my daughter wrote it down for me, so I checked it and it was correct - 1 tablespoon.  However when they pie was ready, it was almost in edible.  Is this really correct as stated?

By Angela on October 24, 2010

I used 8 apples, but they were BIG apples as a result the pie came out very runny.  The pie was about 7 inches tall in the middle and huge! I would guess I had 8 cups of apples.

I have never made a pie before and I think not having a precise measured amount of apples was a problem for me.  I think you should limit this to 4 cups of apples.  There was simple too much apple juice for the filling to thicken.

I thought the cinnamon and nutmeg were great in higher quantities.

By Clark on October 03, 2010

Great recipe, made my first ever homemade pie crust with it and it worked!!! My only question is - 1 TBSP of each cinnamon and nutmeg? Is that correct? I found it a bit overpowering…

By Sarah on June 29, 2010

I tried this recipe today as a trial run for my Thanksgiving dinner and it is so easy and absolutely delicious!  This is a great recipe!

By Christina on November 22, 2009

My 6 year old son loves your apple pie, I tell him if he’s good in school I will bake him one, so lets just say he keeps me baking, thank you so much for sharing your recipe for this great pie

By mpmissey68 on November 21, 2009

Sounds awesome!! Always in the market for new recipes.  Can’t wait to try it.

By Delaine Dickerson on November 19, 2009

Oh my my, this recipe looks divine! I was visualizing myself helping my own mother in the kitchen as a young girl. I have such fond memories of that. I do love apple pie, but nothing compares to a home made apple pie.  This looks delectable and it will be a centerpiece on my own Thanksgiving table. I can not wait to try this recipe, thank you for sharing Paula!

By Anna Shingleton on November 19, 2009

I remember my mom’s pie, but never got her to write it down before she died-boohoo!!! But I will try this one out and see what happens, I love apple pie!!!

By Earlene on November 18, 2009

I love how this recipe mixes the Granny Smith Apples and Macintosh Apples.  This allows for the pie to be sweet and tart at the same time.  I adore this recipe!

By Beth Comella on November 18, 2009

This looks fabulous.  I believe you’ve just given me one of two pies I’ll make for our Thanksgiving dinner.  I’m so happy I found this recipe via your Torta di Noci picture at Tastespotting.  (I’ll save the torta for Christmas!)

By debbie on November 18, 2009

Wow… what a mouth-watering article!  It made me want to immediately put on my own little pink & brown paisley apron and get to bakin’ this great-lookin’ apple pie! The writer’s vivid description of her Mom’s famous recipe definitely enticed me to try this one out VERY SOON!

By Shannon on November 18, 2009

I absolutely LOVE homeade apple pie.  Thanks Paula for a fabulous recipe and keep them coming. 

Excellent !!

By Melissa Staie on November 17, 2009

Looks delicious and yummy.  Wish I was at your house tonight bella mia!!! smile


By Katie on November 17, 2009

Looks delicious and yummy.  Wish I was at your house tonight bella mia!!! smile


By Kate Greenaway on November 17, 2009

This recipe is perfect for the holidays!  I love how you combined Granny Smith and Macintosh apples to make the pie tart and sweet.  The crust is just like I remember it buttery and flakey.  This is the perfect apple pie to impress your guest.

By Beth Comella on November 17, 2009

This pie looks delicious. We are headed to the store right now to get the ingredients to make it!!!

By John Ek on November 17, 2009

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