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Apple Pie


This is the first pie I ever made. It’s my mom’s apple pie. It is quite honestly the best apple pie anywhere!   I prefer to use the MacIntosh or Spy variety of apples for my pies. They have the perfect flavor for pies, and they hold up wonderfully! I could sit here and go on and on about how flaky the crust is, how deliciously sweet/tart,  buttery and perfectly spiced this pie is….BUT WHY.  What more is there to be written about apple pie?  What more I say!  You have to make it to believe it.  

  • 2 pie crusts
  • apples, preferable a good baking apple such as Spy, or MacIntosh
  • brown sugar
  • flour
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • butter
  • milk
  • raw sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  1. Peel, core, and slice apples. On a large bowl mix them with brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

2. Roll out both pie crusts. Lay bottom crust in pie dish and fill with apple filling.


Note: One secret to a great apple pie is to never be afraid to pile the fruit high.  Even higher than this if you dare!


3. top with pats of butter, and lay second crust over the top, turn edges inward and crimp. (See this post for pie crust recipe and instructions.)


4. Brush crust with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar or raw sugar if you have it. Put on a baking sheet, place in oven and bake for 1 hour. The reason I place pie on baking sheet is that sometimes juices bubble out and if your pie is on a baking sheet they will run on to the sheet and not the bottom of your oven.


Now go make your own!  Please don’t be afraid to make your own crust.  The crust really does make a difference when making pie, sweet or savory.  


I honestly wish with all my heart that I could make each and every one of you this pie.  Maybe someday if my cookbook dream comes true I’ll serve it up at my book signing party! XOX Sheila

Apple Pie

This traditional apple pie is full of apples and the buttery crusts make for the perfect dessert!
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 9" or 10" pie dish


  • 6-8 Apples peel, core, and slice(6 cups of apples slices)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
  • a dash of Nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Pie Crusts
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated Sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  • Peel, core, and slice apples into a large bowl, add brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and a dash of nutmeg (more if you like). Toss apple slices in this mixture until all apples are coated.
  • Roll out pie crust and lay it in the bottom of the pie plate. Fill with apple mixture.
  • Cut butter into chunks and place evenly over the top of apples.
  • Roll out second pie crust, cut a few small slits in the middle of the crust, allowing for steam to release from pie. Lay second crust over the top and crimp the edges.
  • optional: brush pie crust with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar. (I like to use the heavy grain sugar)
  • Place pie on a baking sheet and bake for 75 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. (I place pie on a baking sheet to keep my oven clean, because sometimes the juices from the pie will bubble out.)


Note: I prefer to use the MacIntosh or Spy variety of apples for my pies.
Keyword apples, dessert, ice cream, pie
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  1. To My Beautiful, Faithful Friend Sheila;

    So many times I have made apple this and apple that but never ever a traditional, yummy apple pie! That all changed the day my father called after my mom’s recent passing to ask could he place an order from my kitchen for an apple pie! I was at work thinking, Sheila, I am crossing my fingers hoping you could help … And there you were, my angel, sharing as you always do, just blogging away! Tonight, I am again filling Dad’s weekly pie order! Let me just say Dad is one picky pie papa! Kudos, old friend, and Thank You for always being you! With Love and Fond Memories, Forever Grateful, Linda xo

    1. Linda, Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to write a heartfelt message. So glad I can be there for you even in this little way. Love you Miss you! Sheila

  2. So crazy, I stumbled across this blog while looking for good food blogs and I grew up with your sister and spent alot of time at your house. I remember eating so many of these recipes. Your family used to let me tag along all over to many family functions and feed me all the time. And I remember this pie and yes, it is one of the best. I still put Dorito’s on my PB&J, Catalina Dressing on my rice…all because of Carla! I am so excited I found this!!!

    1. Oh my goodness!!! Beth how are you?! I can’t believe you just happened upon my little Ol blog! I love that you remember all my families (well mainly Carla) crazy food adventures/habits. Thanks for being here, and taking time to say Hi! I hope you are well. Come back often 😉 xoxo Sheila

  3. My man LOVES LOVES LOVES apple pie. Always love to try new recipes, so will definitely be making this! Now, GirlFriend…. will you PLEASE teach me to make pretty pie crusts? I cannot get the thing rolled out to the right size and have NO clue how to do the edges! Thank you! 🙂

  4. Looks wonderful Sheila, you have your great grandma (Flossie Baker Ainslie’s) pie crust down pat.
    She was a pastry chef at a resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan before she married my Grampa Ainslie.

  5. We’re camping this weekend (brrr) and I am going to make this for another treat around the campfire. Love the Longaberger pie plate! Thanks for another wonderful recipe – are you writing a cookbook?

    1. Oh Janey this is the perfect campfire treat! You are a good woman ; ) Have fun and I hope the weather warms up a bit for you!

  6. Would you be surprised to hear that I have never, in my life, made a pie? I remember my mom spending all day baking an apple pie for my grandpa and he took one bite and said “it’s alright”. Oh it scares me so! Maybe I’ll have to get over it and give it a try with this one 🙂

    1. Oh my at first I read your comment that you had never eaten pie!! I was nearly on a flight out to have an intervention for you ; )Hahaha! Yes get over it Des and make this pie for me! xoxo Sheila