Fall is living up to its name in Maine today with all our beautiful leaves beginning to cover yards all over the state. Along with leaves, Fall always brings to mind pies of all kinds and today we are taking a trip back in time.
One of my first baking memories (besides making chocolate chip cookies), was winning a blue ribbon in the kids division of a local cooking contest our town held every year. Great home bakers and cooks are a part of the proud heritage of my family, and with my French Apple Pie, I had just lived up to the family tradition as a 10-ish year old kid!
Over the years, the recipe has evolved, been lost in a house fire and re-imagined all over again. So today as I threw this pie together, nostalgia reigned in my kitchen. Usually, the crust is homemade, but today I was in a rush and had pre-made pie crust on hand so that’s what I used. (Be on the lookout for my pie crust recipe coming soon!) I hope this recipe warms you as much as it has warmed my soul throughout the years!
French Apple Pie
4 Cups Apples
3/4 C Sugar
1/4 C Flour
1 t (heaping) Apple Pie Spice
Dash of Salt
1/2 C. Butter, hard
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. Flour
1 Pie Crust
- Preheat the oven to 425.
- Place pie crust in your pie pan and dock with a fork.
- Cut your apples and place into a large mixing bowl.
- Add Sugar, Flour, Apple Pie Spice and Salt to the apples and mix until well coated.
- Place apples in the pie crust.
- In another mixing bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Mix until well mixed and all the sugar is broken up.
- With a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour/brown sugar mixture until the butter is pea sized.
- Pour mixture over the apples, pressing down to ensure it doesn’t move and the pie is coated with topping.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
- Cover the pie edges with foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the topping is golden.
- Let the pie cool, and enjoy!