This is my first apple pie using, dare I say it, store bought pie crusts, (insert your screams here). I normally make it from scratch but on this day I was pressed for time. I decided to cut a corner and bought the kind in a box. You know, the ones you unroll, and I must say….it was quite tasty. I know!! I can’t believe it myself. I guess, I may no longer be a pie crust snob.
This is my go to pie, maybe because it’s my favorite. What’s better than apple pie? I am a pie minimalist. Meaning that I like it warm but nothing on top……no ala mode, just ala naked! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE ice cream, just not on my pie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do so, Eat up!
My Favorite Apple Pie
1 box store bought pie crust, 2 crusts per box
6-7 Cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I prefer thicker slices)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
Preheat oven to 375.
Unfold one thawed pie crust and put into a pie plate, press into bottom and around sides lightly.
In a large bowl, combine apples and lemon juice and toss. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put apple mixture into your prepared pie crust, arrange evenly. Place the slices of butter around the top of the apples. Unfold the other thawed pie crust and place over the top of the apples. Trim the crusts if needed but leave enough to press edges together. Press crusts together and crimp with fingers or fork. Lightly beat egg with a splash of water or milk and brush over pie crust and sprinkle course sugar over top. Vent top of pie by making several slits with knife.
Bake for 50-55 minutes. If crusts are browning faster than body of pie, cover crusts with crust cover or aluminum foil. Let cool and serve.