I'm ALL about easy recipes that taste like they came from a secret book from years gone by....unbelievably delicious, and YOU...ONLY YOU...are capable of making such a creation, right?  Believe me...I love to bake...and if it's really easy to fix but tastes like years of education and training went into it...all the better.  Try this delicious homemade fall recipe.  And for those of you that grow your own apple trees, this is the perfect time of year to add your own apples for a pie that can truly be called Home Grown!

For this simple recipe you'll need:

  • 2 frozen pie crusts.  (I prefer Pillsbury, but pick your favorite).
  • 8-10 peeled, cored and cut up apples..Preferably 1/4 inch thick.  Good apple Choices would include Empire, Granny Smith, Gala, or a combination.  (The hardest thing you'll do in this recipe, is cut up apples.  You can do it. )
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice  (This is the added zing that makes it special).
  • 2 Tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  While the oven is heating, cover one glass pie baking dish with frozen pie crust.   Press dough into dish and take a fork to poke holes across the entire bottom and sides of crust once pressed into place.

In a large mixing bowl:

Pour the fresh squeezed lemon juice, and add peeled and chopped apples to the juice.  Toss them together. This will keep the apples looking fresh, and add a little zesty zing flavor to your pie.

Now combine sugars, cinnamon, salt and flour, to apple lemon juice mixture and toss together using your clean hands or a large wooden or plastic spoon.  Make sure all of the ingredients are well blended.

Pour the mixture into your prepared pie crust.  Mound the apple mixture slightly in the center, then drizzle melted butter over the entire apple mixture.

Take the other crust and spread out onto wax paper.   Sprinkle sugar over entire crust, then cut sugar coated dough into 1/2 inch strips. Starting from the center of the pie, lay the strips across the pie 3 to 5 wide, and then the other direction 3 to 5 wide.  Pinch the dough together with the dough lining the glass pie dish.  (If you're feeling artsy...you can take the time to weave the dough strips together.  I typically don't do this...the pretty sparkly sugar on the coating gets all the attention anyway).

Now Bake at 450 for approximately 20 minutes....Then reduce heat on oven to 375 degrees, and continue baking for approximately 50  to 60 minutes, or until the edges of your pie are golden brown.  As you know, in baking, everyone's ovens work a little bit different.  Set your timer, and check on your pie at various times to make sure you're getting that golden edge you're looking for.

Remove pie from oven.   Let cool and then serve alone, or with your favorite vanilla bean ice cream.

This pie looks great, tastes great, and will leave your family begging for more.  My suggestion?  Only make ONE pie.  That way, it remains special every time you bake one.