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Apple picking & Jen's best apple pie recipe

When the air becomes crisp and the leaves begin to change color, it signals the start of fall and apple picking season. What’s great about living in New England is that there are so many farms that grow apples in close proximity to Boston. It has become our family tradition to head out to Honey Pot Farms in Stowe, MA to pick our own apples. There is nothing better then an apple that has been fresh picked. The cool fall temperatures make the apple snap as you bite in to it. The fresh apples are crunchy and juicy all at the same time.

 best apple pie recipe

Because of this bounty of apples, we end up with bushels of apples that are not only great for eating but also great for making apple pie. My secret weapon in pie making is my mom’s pie crust. What I love about this pie crust recipe is it is easy to handle, turns out flaky, and can be frozen for future use. The crust makes for the best apple pie recipe. Don’t be surprised by the secret ingredients in this recipe.

Pie Crust

4 cups unsifted flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

4 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups Cold Shortening (Crisco Sticks work best)

1 egg

1 Tablespoon Vinegar


Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt into bowl. Cut in shortening. Break one egg into 1 cup glass measuring cup add vinegar, fill to ¾ cup with water. Stir lightly to break egg. Add to flour shortening mixture. Divide dough into quarters. Chill 10-15 minutes. Roll out for pies. Can be frozen, be sure to divide into quarters before freezing.

 best apple pie recipe - fillingAs for the apples filling, I like to make apple pies with Cortland apples. For the filling you’ll need about 6-8 apples depending on the size or 8 cups. You’ll need to peel, core, and slice the apples and put in a bowl and combine with the following ingredients-3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 2 Tablespoons flour. Then pour the filling in to the rolled out bottom pie crust. Roll out the top crust and place on top of the filling. Pinch the sides of the pie and make decorative cuts in the top pie crust to let the steam out. Then place in a 400 degrees oven for about 40-50 minutes.



I can smell the pie baking right now!

 best apple pie recipe

Do you have a twist on apple pie? Let me know your best apple pie recipe.


  • Elen Says:

    I just made the first pie I've made in ages last night. It was apple with blueberries. I used Cortlands, which are lovely and tart. It turned out to be a great flavor combination. Beautiful crust on that pie, Jen!

  • Jen Lockwood Says:

    Thanks Elen! Beautiful crust is compliments of my mom's pie crust recipe. You can't go wrong with this recipe. It is light, flaky, and easy to roll out.

  • Alma Says:

    This recipe is calling me to make it. Haven't baked an apple pie in a while (my fave). So it's apple pie weekend! :) Can't wait!

  • Jen Lockwood Says:

    Alma- Let me know how your pie turns out or if you have any secrets.

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