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Humble Apple pie

Course Dessert


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar plus additional sprinkling
  • 6 granny smith apples. peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pie crust
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • When it forms, add the flour and whisk until dissolved to form a paste.
  • Whisk in the water, the 1.2 cup granulated sugar and the brown sugar.
  • Raise the heat and bring to a boil. then immediately reduce to a simmer.
  • Add the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and toss to coat evenly.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the apples gave slightly when pressed up against the side of the pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out one piece of the pie crust into a 13 inn round. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Trim the edge, leaving a 1/2 inch over hang, and chill while rolling out the remaining dough.
  • Transfer the apple mixture to the pie plate, mounding the apples in the center.
  • Drape the top pie crust over and pinch the edges to seal.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut for 2 inch slits into the crust to allow the steam to escape.
  • Brush the crust with additional granulated sugar.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 35 - 40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden.


Recipe from Christine Ha