My Grandma (my mom’s mom) passed away in March of 2011 and one of the many fond memories I have of her was her awesome apple pie. As I was cleaning the kitchen earlier this month, I came upon my pie plates, which (sadly) have never been used for pie. I’ve had grand intentions over the years in making a pie, and with my Grandma’s birthday approaching, I thought it’d be a perfect time to try.
Although I don’t know much about her recipe, my mom shared some of her tips with me and I ended up waiting a few days to make it so I could share the results with her. We are probably the only ones in our respective households that would eat it (who doesn’t love pie?) and there is just no reason for me to eat an entire pie. So who better to share it with than my mom.
For my first time, I used this Taste of Home recipe with a combination of Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples. My Grandma’s pie was perfectly tart, so the Honeycrisp apples probably weren’t a great choice if I was trying to replicate her pie, but I also want to experiment for myself so I know how to adjust the apple ratio next time. I bought 2 large apples of each flavor, and peeled and sliced the Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples first to fill the 6 cup mark. The rest was Honeycrisp, about one apple worth, for just a little extra crispiness and sweetness.
“Don’t slice the apples too thin”, my mom told me, because it will make the filling mushy. I also stuck with a store bought crust as to not completely overwhelm myself. I love to bake, but I didn't want to get crazy.
I have plenty to learn about baking pies. I was primarily worried about the crust getting too dark, but I think mine is mostly caramelization of the egg and sugar on top. The apples didn't get mushy at all (yeah) - in fact it probably could've been in the oven longer. I made myself a note for next time to cut more slits into the top too, as well as let it cool completely before cutting into it. Patience is not my strong suit.
For the love of warm pie and a scoop of melty vanilla ice cream. Overall, I was really happy with the end result, and my mom approved too. More importantly, I really enjoyed the process, and it reminded me of my Grandma.