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Thread: Does anyone have a recipe for apple pie/recommend what type of apples to use?

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    Junior Member arbed31's Avatar
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    Red face Does anyone have a recipe for apple pie/recommend what type of apples to use?

    What type apples are the best to make an apple pie? I would appreciate any help you can give me.

    I know there are some awesome cooks on the forum that make good apple pies. I don't care for the store bought ones.

    Thanks,

    Debbie

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    Here is one that is a basic apple pie that I have in my recipes folder. I usually use a mix of different apples in my apple pie, yellow delicious, staymen winesap are two that I like.

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    KAREN'S APPLE PIE
    Ingredients:

    5 lbs. Cortland Apples
    3 Tablespoons Butter
    Teaspoon Nutmeg
    1- Tablespoons Cinnamon
    Teaspoon Ginger
    2/3 Cup Sugar
    4 Tablespoons Flour
    Pastry for 2 pie crusts (home made or prepared)

    Preperation:
    Peel, core and slice apples into large bowl
    Add all ingredients except butter
    Prepare pie dough of choice and assemble in pan
    Add apple mixture to pie dish
    Dot with butter
    Put on top crust, crimp edges, brush top with water, sprinkle with sugar
    Cut slit in top center crust to vent
    Place pie on cookie sheet (prevents overflow onto bottom of oven)
    Bake 400 degrees for one hour
    Let rest and cool for at least 2-3 hours
    Serve plain or with ice cream

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    The only apples I'll use for pies are Northern Spy. They are getting harder to find every year, but they are the BEST! Here's the recipe that I've used for many, many years:

    PERFECT APPLE PIE
    6 to 8 Northern Spy Apples, peeled & sliced thin
    3/4 to 1 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons flour
    dash salt
    1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    Combine dry ingredients & mix with apples. Turn into pie shell & dot with butter. Sprinkle top crust with milk and sprinkle sugar over top. Bake at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes.

    Here's a bonus recipe for you too:

    SOUR CREAM APPLE PIE
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 Tbs. flour
    1 cup sour cream
    2 to 3 cups finely chopped apples (Northern Spy)
    1 beaten egg
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    1/8 tsp. salt

    Mix well and add apples. Pour into pastry lined pie pan and bake about 40 minutes in 350 degree oven.

    Prepare topping mix while pie is in the oven. Remove from oven and sprinkle with topping:

    TOPPING: Using a pastry blender, combine the following:
    1/3 cup sugar (1/2 white & 1/2 brown sugar)
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/3 cup flour
    4 Tbs. chilled butter

    NOTE: Using a pastry blender and chilled butter (not room temperature) work best to make a crumbly mixture - on the dry side.

    Return to 325 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
    Jo

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    I like some granny smith in my pies because of the tartness. I don't like really sweet things so adding them gives it an edge. The rest of the recipe is similar to those above. I also add some lemon juice to the apples while peeling to keep them from discoloring.
    Debra

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    Thanks for the recipes!

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    I use the quick cooking Tapioca for the thickener - and it has a recipe for pies on the back - always use that and it works perfect.

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    I have used nothing but Granny Smith for years and I get raves for my pies.
    Adjust for the tartness, (we like ours a little tart). I promise you will love them.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Granny Smith make the best apple pies.
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    My secret is I use several varities of apples.
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    My mother swears by McIntosh, my SIL likes Rome, & I like Granny Smith.

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    Combination of Granny Smith and Galas.

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    Granny Smith and Romes work well together.

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    Love Grannie Smith and Cortlands, do not slice my apples but make them into chunks. More apple taste (maybe just the mind playing tricks) and easier and faster to cut up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanaNVa View Post
    My mother swears by McIntosh, my SIL likes Rome, & I like Granny Smith.
    I too swear by McIntosh apples....I also use only Macs when I make homemade applesauce to go with pork, chops or roast.
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    I haven't made a pie in years, but my youngest son makes apple pies. His are special as he piles the apples so deep it looks almost like a volcano and what a neat presentation and delicious too!!

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    My mom always used Jonathans! She made great apple pie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zennia View Post
    My secret is I use several varities of apples.
    Ditto for me. I found that the best apple pie I made had Granny Smith, Cortland, and Pink Lady apples in it.
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    Being Australian - Granny Smith are the best! They originally came from Sydney, Australia.

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    hi some chef's say to use more than one kind of apple in a pie make the flavor better. Lorene

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    I use McIntosh, Jonathan, or any kind that cooks up like sauce since I don't like slices. Like them a little tart so never use more than 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar. Add a teaspoon of vanilla sprinkled over top of apples to really bring out the flavor.

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    My husband is an excellent pie baker, and he always uses Granny Smith apples.
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    Check out Grandma Ople's Apple Pie on allrecipes.com. That is AWESOME. I'm making one tomorrow.

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    My best pies have had a variety of apples in them. A couple of Granny Smith and maybe a Red Delicious and a Gala.

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    Northern Spy...They have the most wonderful flavor and texture and have set the standard for pie baking for many years. Try them, you'll fall in love!

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    I like a variety of apples too. Granny Smith has a nice tart flavor, golden delicious hold their shape and taste sweet, macintosh melts down nicely and makes a sweet syrup in the pie and I always put in some other apples as well. When I lived in NY I lived near apple orchards and they always mixed the apples in their pies and the smell was so good. I always made my own pie after picking apples at the orchard. It reminds me of my favorite memories.
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