Fairy Tale Apple Pie

Recipe by ellie_
READY IN: 2hrs


  • Crust
  • 9
    tablespoons chilled butter, divided
  • 3
    cups flour, divided
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    cup chilled Crisco (or other shortening)
  • 6
    tablespoons ice water
  • Filling
  • 4
    lbs golden delicious apples (about 10)
  • 2
    cups sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1
    lemon, optional
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 4
    tablespoons flour
  • 13
    cup butter
  • Egg wash
  • 1
    egg yolk, mixed with
  • 1
    tablespoon milk
  • Carmel-rum sauce
  • 1
    cup sugar (optional)
  • 12
    cup butter, cut into tablespoons (optional)
  • 1
    cup heavy cream (optional)
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 2
    tablespoons dark rum (may use brandy or bourbon instead) (optional)


  • To make crust: Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
  • Mix butter, flour and salt with pastry blender or two knifes until it is crumbly and consistency of fine meal.
  • Cut in shortening until it resembles peas.
  • Add ice water and mix with pastry blender until it holds together.
  • Form into ball, divide in half and refrigerate.
  • Roll one half of dough into a large circle--large enough to overlap a 9-inch pie pan.
  • Place pastry in bottom of pie pan.
  • Dot with remaining tablespoon of butter and 2 teaspoons of flour.
  • Roll out top crust in same manner between sheets of plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate both while making filling.
  • To make filling: Peel, core and slice apples.
  • Put apples in bowl and add sugar and cinnamon.
  • Toss.
  • Let stand until sugar dissolves.
  • Optional: if apples are dry add juice of one lemon.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Stir to mix well.
  • Add flour and toss.
  • Pour filling into pie shell and dot with butter.
  • Cover with top crust, crimping edges.
  • Make slashes in top crust and brush with egg wash.
  • Tent with foil and bake for 1-1/2 hours, removing foil during last 5 minutes of baking.
  • To make (optional) caramel-rum sauce: Melt sugar in saucepan over med-high heat until sugar is melted and light brown.
  • Add butter one tablespoon at a time until melted.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Add cream, salt, vanilla and rum (or other liquor if using).
  • To serve: Drizzle pie slices with caramel-rum sauce and vanilla ice-cream.


“This apple pie is so good you'll tell yourself a fairy tale about how all the calories have been magically cooked out so you can have a second piece. Although time consuming this prize-winning recipe (originally printed in a newspaper) is delicious with an adult sauce that is optional.”