My Nana’s Apple Pie is the perfect nostalgic fall dessert! Pounds of thinly sliced and spiced apples wrapped in a tender, flaky crust, decorated for the season – this baby is just begging for a big scoop of ice cream!
Do you have that one family recipe that just sticks with you? Through single life and marriage and kids, you find yourself coming back to it every once in a while.
And you find those vivid, heart-tugging memories coming at ya as soon as the smells hit your nose. Or maybe even when you start to prep? And then that first bite…
No matter how many apple pie recipes I attempt to make “my own,” I always come back to this one.
I really enjoyed my Tuesday this week.
After a 7-day stretch at work, I was beyond ready for my “weekend.”
I’ve committed myself to quite a few bloggy things since fall…fell, and a couple of days off are just the thing I need to get myself organized. So, as usual, lists were made (many many lists.) Groceries were shopped for after work Monday so I could plow through my editorial calendar without interruption.
I even fell asleep early-ish after (finally) watching Zootopia with the hubs and laughing at Twitter’s reaction to the Trump-Clinton debate. Sleep is my fave, but I love getting an early start on busy days.
But, as with all of my bullet-point planned days, nothing went as I anticipated.
I woke up when Mr. Crumby left for work at 6:15am and spent my first hour grooming our pooch. Not because I was feeling particularly ambitious (I had hoped to sleep at least another hour,) but because…he needed it. I won’t elaborate.
Afterwards, though, coffee was made, and I nibbled on an English muffin while peeling and butchering a few pounds of apples for this here pie.
My order of events for the day was adjusted again after (1) realizing I was out of tomato paste for our slow cooker chili dinner, (2) I was completely out of pecans that I desperately needed for some reason and now can’t remember why (but I definitely haven’t used them, yet, so…) and (3) I changed my mind about my recipe for this week’s Sunday Supper, and now needed ingredients for that, too.
Oh, and the pie. It was baked and almost cool enough to slice for photos…but ice cream. I forgot the ice cream. HOW did I forget the ice cream?
So, to the store I went. I weaved through as efficiently as possible, trying to duck away from people I knew (it happens when the people who worked there a few years ago when you did are still there.) 20 minutes later, I was home and back in action.
You know, blasting the Backstreet Boys Prime channel and dancing around with the dog. And attempting to stay focused and productive. And then, a bit later, getting the hell scared out of me by Mr. Crumby laughing at me from the sliding glass door while I rocked out to Lou Bega with a rubber spatula in my hand.
Overall, I call Tuesday a win. Mainly because I got to enjoy this very slice of my Nana’s apple pie.
It’s a bit fancier than hers were – she did decorate with a lattice-top, but she never bothered with those adorable little crust leaves and apples on the edges, and she skipped on the turbinado sugar.
This pie is delicious, no doubt. But sadly, mine will never taste as good as the ones she made. I can only imitate her recipes, but those beautiful, heart-tugging memories will make them all the sweeter.
- 2 refrigerated pie crust rounds
- 4 lb. apples, peeled and sliced as thin as possible (I used a mixture of Macintosh, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp)
- ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and diced
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place one pie crust round in the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan, carefully smoothing it in and trimming the edges if necessary.
- Carefully slice your peeled apples using a mandolin, if possible. This pie uses extremely thin apples slices, and a mandolin makes the job much easier. Toss the sliced apples with sugar, spices, flour, salt, and lemon juice together in a large mixing bowl. Allow them to sit for 10 minutes.
- Drain the apples in a colander, saving 2 Tablespoons of the drained liquid. Gently transfer the apple filling into the crust, arranging it evenly. Dot the top with the diced butter.
- Roll out the other pie crust onto a lightly floured surface and cut 8 1-inch strips. Weave a lattice over the apples, gently pressing the ends of the strips into the edges of the crust. Use remaining dough to cut small leaf shapes and press into top edge, or simply crimp the edge.
- Beat egg and water in a small bowl, then brush pie with the egg wash. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar, then chill for 10 minutes in the fridge.
- Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then cover the edge with aluminum foil to prevent crust from burning. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and bake 40-45 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling inside the pie.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely before slicing. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
#APPLEWEEK is in full swing! Check out what you missed – and what’s coming up next!
Monday: Appetizers and Drinks
Apple Brie Roll Up by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline’s Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides
Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm
Wednesday: Sweet Treats
Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Apple Swirl Buns by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket’s Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Nana’s Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table
Thursday: Apple Projects
Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline’s Cooking
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Packets by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Friday: Anything Apple Goes
1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline’s Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake