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Brown Sugar Apple Pie with Whole Grain Butter Crust

From Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair

I adapted this recipe from a combination of sources, mostly from a pie-making class I took many years ago. One year, when my daughter was turning ten, she requested a co-ed birthday party at the skating rink.  Instead of traditional cake, she wanted apple pies.  I will never forget her blowing out candles on a pie and all those over-heated kids happily eating big slices between rounds on the rink.

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
teaspoon sea salt
8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
4 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
cup ice water

5-7 tart, sweet apples

cup unrefined cane sugar or brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Make your crusts first and chill for at least hour.   See Whole Grain Butter Pie Crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Peel apples if desired.  Quarter, core and cut apples into thin slices.  Combine unrefined cane sugar, salt, arrowroot and spices and sprinkle over apples.  Amounts of sweetener and spices are variable.  The amounts given make for a mildly sweet, lightly spiced pie.  Toss gently until they are evenly coated.

Roll out half of your pie crust dough on a floured surface.  Fold in half and in half again.  Gently place in pie pan (a regular glass pie pan works best according to Cooks Illustrated)
, unfold, and press in.  Place apples in layers in bottom pie shell.  Cover pie with upper crust, crimp the edge of the two crusts together and trim.  Prick the top of the pie so that steam can release.  Bake until edges of crust are golden, about 45-50 minutes.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Makes two 9" pie crusts and an 8 slice pie


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November 11, 2009, 1:12 pm

Loren Kaplan
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November 11, 2009, 1:47 pm

Yummy! You are definatly not clutter! This looks amazing
November 11, 2009, 2:11 pm

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November 11, 2009, 2:54 pm

ilhan Mohamed
I started a diet today. Help me with vegetarian dishes thanks
November 11, 2009, 3:21 pm

Cynthia Lair
ilhan, Go to Search Recipes (link in the box on the right) and type in vegetarian. We have many recipes to help you with your new diet.
November 11, 2009, 5:42 pm

Susan Reuter
Looks yummy! Wish I were there having a piece!
November 11, 2009, 6:53 pm

Cooking for my family had become a chore. I was basically in a rut until I came across your site via the OCA. I have actually began enjoying cooking again. My kids are now even trying simple recipes on their own. I feel such a sense of satisfaction knowing I am preparing food that's nourishing and delicious. I have learnt so much. Thank you, thank you :)
November 11, 2009, 8:42 pm

Juliet Powell
I tried your pastry recipe for the first time....wonderful! I liked trying coconut oil in there. Keep on doing what you're and Nigella Lawson!
November 12, 2009, 12:02 am

Juliet Powell
Oh..and I love the American pie tradition..being an English go in for those pastries big time and I LOVE it!!
November 12, 2009, 12:05 am

Luv your recipes! It's helped me incorporate more nutrients into my meals. PLEASE KEEP ME ON YOUR EMAIL LIST!
November 13, 2009, 6:45 pm

Juliana Elton
What is the difference between white whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour? I always just use whichever I have, and the results seem the same. This recipe looks great!
November 17, 2009, 5:00 pm

Cynthia Lair
Juliana, They are comparable. Both come from soft winter wheat and have a lower gluten content than red winter wheat (which is excellent for baking bread because of it's higher gluten content).
November 17, 2009, 9:03 pm

Appreciate This
Love it...Thanks! Maybe a cookie sheet under the pie in case it boils over.
January 21, 2010, 7:29 pm

Ida Zelaya
I was looking for a simple pie filling recipe ... and you have one. How absolutely wonderful is that? Cool-us! And don't you EVER think to take me off your email list. Never ever ever ever ever. If you do... I KNOW WHERE TO FIND YOU. Hugs and winks!
March 18, 2010, 12:39 pm

Kelly Merta
Great recipe!
June 13, 2012, 3:18 pm

Kelly Merta
Great recipe!
June 13, 2012, 3:31 pm

Alena Tetreault
Please, put me on your mailing list. I watched some of you videos and loved them....Thanks, Alena from Sydney
September 27, 2012, 1:26 am

Anna Wolheter
Can I substitute Pamela's gluten free baking mix for the flour? Or do I need gluten in a pie crust?
September 27, 2012, 7:51 am

Cynthia Lair
Hi Anna, Thanks for writing. Give it a try with gluten-free flour. Be sure to let us know how it works out!
September 27, 2012, 10:10 am

Janet John
Sugarless version: try using 6 oz of apple juice concentrate rather than sugar. May need to add a little more salt, but that's up to individual tastes. Thanks for sharing so many delicious recipes and entertaining, instructive videos!
September 28, 2012, 9:01 am

Janet John
My comment above should have said 6 oz frozen apple juice concentrate. Thaw it in a saucepan, add other ingredients, simmer just until juice is beginning to escape from apple slices, then put into pie crust and bake as usual.
September 28, 2012, 9:05 am

Jaclyn Ecklund
I'm on my 3rd apple pie this season......crust is just incredible.
November 21, 2013, 3:58 pm

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