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A Taste of Home

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of homemade apple pie baking in the oven. The smell of baking apples and cinnamon is just one of those nostalgic aromas that always seems to trigger warm and fuzzy feelings of goodness and thoughts of family, togetherness and home.
Apple pie is definitely the most requested dessert by my friends and family and being my husband’s absolute favorite, I have tried several recipes over the years in an effort to find the perfect blend of spices and flaky crust. My discovery? Less is more!

No matter how complicated I’ve tried to make it, trying different blends of cinnamon, ginger, mace, nutmeg and allspice, or adding different fruits or nuts, the unanimous favorite amongst family and friends is my mother-in-law’s simple, simple, super easy, no fuss Apple Crumb Pie made with my mother’s pie crust recipe. Mother really does know best!

Below are the recipes for this yummy-licious, ever popular, Apple Crumb Pie along with some tricks I’ve learned along the way to make it absolute perfection!

Mom’s Flaky Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Dash of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
  • Mom's Pie Crust


    In a mixing bowl, stir together flour and salt. Add a dash of baking powder for extra flakiness. Cut in shortening till pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently tossing with a fork. Push to side of bowl and repeat until all is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, flatten dough slightly with hands. Roll dough from center to edge, forming a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry around rolling pin. Unroll into a buttered and floured 9-inch pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold extra under pastry and edges as desired.


    • Use butter flavored shortening
    • Handle the pastry as little as possible to prevent toughness
    • Use a floured pastry cloth and rolling pin sleeve
    • Rolling the dough thinly makes for a more flaky crust

    Apple Crumb Pie

      Pie mixture:

    • 5 cups tart apples
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Crumb topping:

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 6 tablespoons butter
    • Almost Ready to Bake


      Pie mixture:
      Peel and core apples and cut into fourths. Arrange in an unbaked pie shell. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples.
      Crumb Topping:
      Mix 1/3 cup sugar with the flour. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples in pie crust.

      Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.


      • Use more than one variety of apples (I use Granny Smith and Golden Delicious)
      • Sprinkle a bit of lemon juice on apples to reduce tartness
      • Cover edges of pies crust with foil for the first 30 minutes to prevent over-browning
      • Bon Apetit!!

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