My Apple Pie Was His Favorite Gift

One Thanksgiving, several years ago, my family all came to my house to celebrate. We had the traditional meal of turkey and stuffing with all the yummy sides and pies for dessert. Apple and pecan pies to be exact. I had made two apple pies and one pecan pie.

We pronounce that pe-can. Long “e” please and thank you!

My oldest nephew, who was 12 at the time, ate an entire apple pie by himself. After all the other good things he ate! 

I have no idea where that tall, skinny boy put all that food. 

A couple of short weeks later, we gathered again at my sister’s house, oldest nephew’s mom, to celebrate Christmas. 

My Man’s career selection, Land Surveyor, tends to be rather seasonal and the holidays are not the best season for a Land Surveyor. In other words, money is really tight from Thanksgiving to Easter. This holiday season was tighter than normal.

Can you guess where I am going with this? 

I thought so.

No, money for lots of gifts. (We have yet to figure out the putting some aside each month thing.) My family got homemade gifts.

My sisters don’t mind. They have always seemed to like the things I have made them. But my nephew’s were still children and I didn’t think they would understand. Still, I had no choice and decided to make the two youngest nephews cookies and the oldest an apple pie. 

The holidays ended, school started back and a couple of weeks later I found out my oldest nephew had to write a paper about his favorite Christmas gift. 

Guess what he wrote about!



His Aunt Jayne’s apple pie! 

Not too long ago, he was working in a restaurant and asked me for the recipe! 

Now, I’m gonna share it with you!

Apple Pie RecipeBefore I go any farther, please let me apologize for some of the poor quality pictures. I was playing around with my camera, which is not a good thing to do while you have flour on your hands. I am dropping many hints to MM that I want a new camera for Christmas. And I have decided to hire my daughter to take pictures for the blog, just as soon as she moves back to the county. Which may be a while. :'(

Whatcha Need

For the Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening (my secret is butter flavored shortening)
  • 6-7 tablespoons cold water

For the Filling

  • 6-7 medium apples (I use Granny Smiths)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I use 1 teaspoon) 
  • Dash of Nutmeg (which I totally forgot!)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Putting It All Together

In a bowl, mix together flour and salt.

apple pie recipe

Add shortening.

apple pie recipe Cut shortening into flour until it looks like small peas. 

apple pie recipeI use my potato masher for this. 

apple pie recipeNow here’s the tricky part. Adding the water. 

Add 3-4 tablespoons to start with.

apple pie recipe

Mix that in, with a fork. 

apple pie recipe

Some of the dough may still look dry. That’s ok! Just add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time till the dough sticks together, but is not sticky.

apple pie recipeSticky dough looks shiny. You don’t want shiny. But if you get it, don’t worry. We can fix it.

Split the dough into 2 balls. 

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough using a rolling-pin. This is where you fix the extra sticky. Sprinkle the dough with flour as needed.

apple pie recipe If you can make yours perfectly round, you are way ahead of me! Mine always are funny shaped. 

Carefully roll the dough around the rolling-pin.

apple pie recipe Then unroll it over your greased pie pan. 

apple pie recipeAs you can see, I have some bad places around the edge. To fix them I cut some extra, that is hanging over, off.

apple pie recipeRub some water on one side.

apple pie recipe I just wet my fingers to do this. 

apple pie recipe Lay the cut piece over the missing area,

apple pie recipeand press into place. You may need to put a little flour on your fingers to help. 

apple pie recipe Patched up pie crust! No one will ever know! No one will even care!

For now, leave the second ball of dough alone. 

Peel and core and slice the apples and put them in a bowl. 

apple pie recipeMy kids, as grown as they are, still like to do this with my handy-dandy apple peeler/corer/slicer. I, on the other hand, did it the hard way. The old fashion way. Why? I have no idea!

Sprinkle with flour. apple pie recipeAdd the sugar,

apple pie recipe and the cinnamon, 

apple pie recipe and the nutmeg, which I totally forgot!

Stir it all together to mix well.

apple pie recipePour it in the pie pan, which I forgot to get a picture of. 

Today must have been forgetful Friday. 

Roll out the second ball of dough. 

apple pie recipe Roll it up on the rolling-pin and then roll it across the top of the pie. 

apple pie recipeOk, this is where I got distracted. MM came in the kitchen and started asking questions and I forgot to get pictures of the next couple of steps. so if your’s doesn’t do right, blame him!

I told you it was forgetful Friday!

Trim the top crust a little larger than the bottom crust. Carefully tuck the top crust under the bottom crust and pinch it closed either using your fingers or a fork. I think it’s called fluting. 

In the picture above, you can see I have fancy little apples cut out. I’m just talented that way. 


 My sweet sister in-law gave me this cute template the cuts these apples. It’s two-sided. The other side cuts leaves. So cute!! 

All you need to do is cut a couple of slits. 

This next step is important.

Cover the edges with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. 

apple pie recipeRemove the foil and bake for another 25 minutes. The foil keeps the edge of the crust from burning.

apple pie recipeDoesn’t it look YUMMY! 

If you want, before you bake the pie, brush the crust with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. 

I think it is best served warm…

with vanilla ice cream…

a large scoop of ice cream…

on a large slice of pie. 

Or you could do like my nephew and just put ice cream on top of the pie and eat the whole thing!

Until we eat again,                                                                                                                                                            Jayne



About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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