Classic Apple Pie

by Kathy Strahs on October 5, 2009 · 8 comments

Classic Apple Pie

FINALLY, the temperature dipped below 75 degrees in San Diego. I can officially start autumn cooking!

At one time I had great intentions of becoming an avid pie baker. I even took a 3-hour pie-baking class…actually it was more of a pie-eating class, with generous “samples” of each of the six pies the teacher made. It was incredible! As much fun as she seemed to be having in rolling out the perfect flaky crust and weaving the most beautiful lattice, I realized that the eating part was where my true passion lay.

So it was without any guilt or reticence that I leveraged ready-made refrigerated crusts to help make prepping this scrumptious pie easy as…well, you know.

Pillsbury calls this recipe the “Perfect Apple Pie”. I’ll say this: it was absolutely everything I look for and enjoy in an apple pie. The apples were both sweet and tart (I used Granny Smith on the sound advice from many folks on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Jonagold) and remained firm during baking. It was just the right amount of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg – just sweet enough and the perfect complement to the apples. To Pillsbury’s own credit, their crusts were incredibly easy to work with. The bottom crust held up well under the filling and the top one was as flaky as I’d ever want.

That’s a pretty perfect apple pie recipe to me!

Classic Apple Pie

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Maria October 5, 2009 at 9:24 AM

I never make pies. It is just the two of us so most of the pie would go to waste, but I think I will have to make this one. Apple is my favorite!


Kathy October 5, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Do it, Maria! My husband isn’t a big dessert guy so I’ve got this one pretty much all to myself (minus the bites I let my little girl share :-)). Friends I see this week will be receiving slices of pie!


Velva October 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Apple pie! You know it’s official that autumn has arrived!
Here in North Florida we are still working in the mid 80’s (sigh). Soon, I hope the thermometer will dip lower.

Love your pie recipe!


Dawn (HealthySDLiving) October 9, 2009 at 10:01 PM

I looove this time of year, when the apple pies start appearing! 🙂
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ThatsSoYummy October 16, 2009 at 10:33 AM

I don;t know what it is about homemade apple pie that just warms my heart.. simply divine…

This looks soooooo yummy! 🙂
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Elana October 20, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Your photos are divine. I’m guessing you are a professional photographer 🙂

.-= Elana´s last blog ..Mustard Marmalade Dressing =-.


Kathy October 20, 2009 at 10:25 PM

That’s so incredibly nice of you! I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed photography until I started blogging. It’s as fun as the cooking part 🙂


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