Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Grandma's Old Fashioned Apple Pie

Autumn - what a beautiful season full of vibrant colours.  As a kid growing up in Saskatchewan it was a busy time, as this was harvest time. We grew an enormous garden at my Grandparents farm as well as one in town; everything to keep a family well fed for the winter.
My apples have been picked and its time to make some apple pie. My Grandma made the most amazing apple pie, baked in an old wood burning oven. It was incredible how my Grandma could bake bread, cakes, and pies in her wood burning oven, how did she know the temperature things were baking at? This recipe for apple pie has an ultra flaky pie crust, and a simple filling of fresh apples, cinnamon and sugar. Ahh, the smell of Apple Pie baking!
Grandma's Old Fashioned Apple Pie
by Laureen King from Art and the Kitchen
Makes: 6-8 servings Bake Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Printable Recipe

  • apple slices peeled (about 10 apples)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (chilled)
  • 1/2 cup lard (chilled-I used Crisco)
  • 5-7 tablespoons ice cold water
1. Mix together flour, sugar and salt.
2. Using pastry blender mix together butter, lard and flour until crumbly with pea size chunks.
3. Add 1/2 of ice cold and mix evenly into flour with fork.
4. Add more water a tablespoon at a time until mixed and dough sticks together when pressed.
5. DO not overmix or your pie crust will be tough.
6. Divide in half, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
7. While dough is chilling, in large bowl toss together apples, sugars, and cinnamon.
8. Roll out pie dough to make two crusts that cover pie plate with about an inch excess.
9. Place one in bottom of pie plate.
10. Pile high with apple mix, cover with other pie crust, seal edges, cut slits for venting.
11. Sprinkle with white sugar and cinnamon.
12. Bake 350 for about 1 hour 30 minutes until top is golden brown. Cover edge with foil if it pie start to brown too much while baking.

  • Make sure your butter, lard and water are well chilled before starting!!
  • Use more or less sugar depending on how tart your apples are.
  • While I prepared the crust my husband peeled and sliced the apples (isn't he sweet). He did have some help with the use of an apple peeler/corer/slicer gadget. This is one gadget I wouldn't do without as it makes quick work of making anything with apples.
  • Put foil on bottom of oven in case pie leaks, change out tin foil if needed.
Some other great recipes to enjoy! No Bake Triple Layer Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread Pudding and Pumpkin Cheese Cake Tarts

The journey of the apple pie....
Apple tree loaded with beautiful blossoms
The tree is loaded with nice sized apples!

One of several baskets of delicious apples.
YUM...Time for PIE!!


  1. These pictures are amazing! Makes me want to have some of that pie. Awesome Job!

    1. Thanks Michelle, I picked a lot of nice sized apples off my tree this year, so I need some more apple recipes, got any good ones?

  2. Wow looks delish! I am so going to make this lol. BTW, I am your newest blog folower.

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  4. Looks wonderful. New Superbowl tradition.

    1. That's a great Sheri, we always need another reason to bake up an apple pie!

  5. This looks absolutely delicious! I will attempt this recipe and make it for my family on Easter! :)

    1. Apple pie will be an awesome Easter dessert for your family!

  6. What kind of apples did you use?

    1. Hi J , the apples I used came off my very own apple tree that was a special graft of tree, so not sure variety but they are very similar to a macintosh apple.

  7. Making this today just scared about making the crust. Never made one before

    1. The crust is simple to make, just don't overwork the dough. I've always had a problem with my pie dripping as I bake it, then burning to bottom of oven, so make sure you have tin foil (fold to make sure it has edges so drips don't just run off) and replace with new foil if it starts to burn on and smoke.


    1. McIntosh apples are perfect! one of my favourite apples for baked desserts.

  9. looks delicious gonna make on today, ty
    BTW i live in McIntosh country in upstate New York Several apple orchards around me

    1. You are so lucky, one of my favourite apples are McIntosh!