Best of Best Apple Pie

"I have been making this pie, by request from my friend Connie, for Thanksgiving the last 20 years or so. I clipped it from a magazine (I think Better Homes and Gardens) wore the clipping out and had to scan it to keep a copy. You would think after 20 years I could do it in my sleep, but . . . Anyway, after 20 some years I have only tweeked it a little - that is how good the original is. The only change I have made is to double everything from brown sugar through salt to the asked for amount of apples - we like it sweet and gooey (so if you don't - don't double). Also I use a V-slicer (or mandoline) to slice the apples ultra thin. The original recipe calls for Rome and it means it. I have tried other cooking or pie apples and it just doesn't come out the same. This is a very full pie, you will think you have too many apples, but you don't - trust me. Use your own pie crust, store bought crust, or My Daddy's Pie Crust posted on Zaar. Prep time is estimated on not making your own crust; however I always do - so it takes me WAY more time. Cooking time depends on your oven - the bubbling through the crust is the key. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins
1 9 inch pie




  • Place apples in a large bowl.
  • Mix sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl; Sprinkle dry mixture over apples; toss gently, to mix.
  • Let stand until a little juice forms, at least 10 minutes or more.
  • Prepare pie crust of your choice.
  • Pile apple mixture into pastry; dot with butter
  • Place second crust over the apples, and crimp.
  • Brush with water or milk if desired.
  • Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  • Bake pie at 425 for 40 minutes or until juices bubble through slits and apples are tender.
  • If edges are browning too fast cover wth a narrow strip of foil.

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  1. stbarrett7028
    Fabulous. Made this for Christmas Dinner Dessert and everyone loved it. We used Granny Smith apples because I couldn't find Rome in my store. We also took the suggestion and doubled everything and it was gooey and yummy! Since I am not a great dough maker, we used store brand refrigerated pie dough and it was just fine. Hardest part was peeling/coring/slicing all those apples but soooo worth it!
  2. jsaus13
    Loved this recipe! The hardest part was slicing the apples!! It had a wonderful flavor and my DAD even loved it (he's a bit hard to please)! Thank you!
  3. Baby Kato
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe Laura. This certainly does make a lovely tall, gooey, sweet apple pie, that is subtley spiced. Well worth the time and effort to make. The apples sing in this lovely dish. I used a combo of rome, granny smith and empire apples for a truly great apple flavor. (I didn't have enough Rome apples). I will definitely make this again. You were a great Pac baby.


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