Apple Pie

An apple a day
Sends the doctor away
Apple in the morning
Doctor’s warning
Roast apple at night
Starves the doctor outright
Eat an apple going to bed
Knock the doctor on the head
Three each day, seven days a week Ruddy apple, ruddy cheek.
Rhyme Courtesy(Zelo)


Photo courtesy “Lakshman”.

My cousin Lakshman “the coolest” was the inspiration/force for me behind making this delicious apple pie. For Diwali we went to “Big Apple” to my uncle’s place, as usual the house was flooded with guests (few of them are visiting US for the first time). After having yummy meal including desert we were totally stuffed and uncle told us that there are lots of apples which need to consumed, though there were people to eat, but consuming two dozen apples after a heavy meal is not an easy task. So I casually told my cousin that we can bake apple pie and it’s the easiest way to clean up before they are spoiled. At this point I had no clue how to make an apple pie as I never made it in my life before. Apple pie is one of his favorites he wanted to start immediately. I was not really confident to make everything from scratch; I got an idea of making pie’s using ready made crusts. I went and googled for the recipe and found a very simple one from epicurious.com. I made few modifications to the original recipe to suit our taste. For Thanksgiving my cousin baked another batch and he sent me the pictures. Thanks for the pictures Lakshman!!. Ok let’s jump to the recipe.


1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
5 Gala or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 refrigerated ready-made pie crusts and top (9 inch)
1 tsp cinnamon (ground)
½ tsp nutmeg (ground)
1 tbsp milk(2% or whole)

For Crumbles
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1-2 tbsp brown sugar
1tbsp butter (unsalted & cold)

Mix sugar with flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Make the crumble once you fill the pie crust with apple mix.

Cinnamon Sugar
Mix 2 tbsp granulated sugar and ½ tbsp ground cinnamon and keep aside


Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine apple juice, sugar, and butter in a bowl. Add apples and cornstarch. Place one piecrust in a 9″ pie pan and fill with mixture. Now sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples. Roll out top crust and cover pie, sealing carefully, cut steam vents or you can slice the pie-top into eight 1/2-inch-thick strips and drape over filled pie shell in a crisscross pattern; pinch edges to fasten to bottom crust. To prepare topping, lightly brush pie-top of with milk; sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over dough. Place pie plate on a foil-lined baking sheet; bake 55 minutes until the crust is browned and apples soft. Cool down and serve with whipping cream or vanilla ice-cream.


One for me and one for you


Notes and Tips.

To avoid apples from browning add ½ tsp lemon juice. Always use cold butter to make crumbles soft butter will turn the mixture into dough and always make this at the end. You can add vanilla essence and lemon zest for extra flavor.


15 Responses to “Apple Pie”

  1. 1 Srinivasa Rao
    November 25, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Visited your site. Delicious. keeping cooking more !
    Best Wishes!!!

  2. November 25, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Looks delicious I love apple pie yours sounds so good.

  3. November 26, 2007 at 12:12 am

    looks delicious and yum 🙂

  4. November 26, 2007 at 3:45 am

    apple pies are my fave!! looks so yummy!

  5. 5 sia
    November 26, 2007 at 4:31 am

    yummooo… both u and ur cousin seems to be an expert in baking 🙂

  6. November 26, 2007 at 8:43 am

    I love Apple pie too, plan to make one soon. Looks great S, great job!:))

  7. November 26, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Wow you both inspired each other it seems 🙂

  8. November 26, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for the wishes Mamayya.

    Jeena do you make apple pie similar way??

    Thanks Roopa & Nags.

    Hahaha, not really Sia, I’m sure my cousin had became an expert after baking sooo many pies:).

    I will wait for ur version Asha. I hope you will post it on Wednesday.

    Hehehe kind off Sandeepa, we are planning to bake pumpkin n cherry next time 😀

  9. November 26, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    crust looks soooooo good

  10. November 27, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Nice looking applepie and would love to take a bite of that piece there.

  11. November 28, 2007 at 7:58 am

    I love apple pie. It is one of my favourite things to have. Great job for a first time apple pie maker.

  12. November 28, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    This looks great and the recipe sounds really good! Apple pie is my absolute favorite pie and I like to eat some at every holiday! Usually I bake them at Thanksgiving and Christmas but someone else in the family made pies this year for Thanksgiving. I might try this recipe for Christmas! Padmaja, I know you’ll have no problem making homemade crust next time! It’s sooooo much better than store bought crust and not too difficult to make!

  13. November 29, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Like my sister up there I too am a lover of apple pie!..
    Yours look perfect and scrumptious 🙂
    I will try this with my sister, back home..sure!!
    Thanks for sharing this lovely one, shiva.Enjoyed reading the rhyme too 😀

  14. November 29, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks Sagari.

    Prema grab one plate:). I hope you like it.

    Cynthia, i’m blushing 😀

    Nicole, next time I will try :). Actually I was looking at ur site for pie recipe but not able to find. I remember you posted it longback.

    Thanks Bharathy, this is very basic recipe..

  15. December 5, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Amazing picture and surely must be delicious. Even I love apple pie and will definetly try this one

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