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American As Apple Pie

March 1, 2011

I made an apple pie today. But not just any apple pie, the apple pie. If I have ever spoken to you about baking, I have raved about this pie. It is the Rose to my Doctor, the Miss Calendar to my Giles. It is good. And it is easy. Like, really easy. Oh, but you need self-control. A lot of it. I could eat the whole batch of streusel before it gets anywhere near the pie.

Pies in the oven.

Honestly, you can just abandon the crust and make an amazing apple crisp. Or just abandon the apples and have the streusel. Or just have the butter.

Streusel pre-pie.

Please ignore the ugly counters, the Dr. Thunder, the Mountain Dew(which is not mine, by the way.) and the crappy picture. My kitchen is awful for pictures.

Look! My kitchen is messy!

Notice the vast amount of store-brand products we buy! Oh, Publix, how I love thee. With your frozen section in the middle and your want for wine in the grocery stores.


Recipe from AllRecipes


  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell
  • 5 cups apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Fit pastry shell into pie pan and place in freezer.
  2. To Make Apple Filling: Place apples in a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine 2 tablespoons flour, white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mix well, then add to apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated.
  3. Remove pie shell from freezer. Place apple mixture in pie shell and dot with 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on top of filling, but do not seal.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  5. While filling is baking, make Streusel Topping: In a medium bowl combine 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, oats, and lemon peel. Mix thoroughly, then cut in 1/2 cup butter or margarine until mixture is crumbly. Remove filling from oven and sprinkle streusel on top.
  6. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes, until streusel is browned and apples are tender. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning.
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