double crust pie crust
firmly packed brown sugar
salt, a pinch
1 cup chopped walnuts or 1 cup
peeled sliced apples
( McIntosh or Granny Smith, 4-5 apples)
cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 tablespoon milk or 1 tablespoon
brown sugar (for sprinkling) or
( for sprinkling)
- Preheat the oven to 400°; line a 9-inch pie plate with 1 rolled-out crust.
- Put the brown sugar, flour, salt, and cream in a small bowl and stir until thoroughly combined, then stir in the nuts.
- Put the apples in a large bowl and add the sugar mixture.
- The mixture will be very thick, so it's easier to use your hands to do the mixing.
- Spread the apples evenly in the crust, then scatter the butter over the top.
- Brush the rim of the crust with water, cover with the second rolled-out crust, seal and flute or crimp the edges, and cut a few steam vents in the top.
- Brush the top crust with the milk, then sprinkle with a bit of sugar.
- Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is tender.
- Cool on a wire rack for 1-2 hours before slicing.
- Serve at room temperature or slightly warm.