Why is it that grandmothers are the best cooks? Is it because they’ve had a lot of practice? Maybe.
Some recipes, like Grandma’s apple pie and her made-from-scratch crust with a lattice top, take years of practice to perfect.
And this pie is perfection. Not only is it delicious, it’s a work of art with the lattice top. My favorite dessert….next to chocolate.
Grandma’s Made From Scratch Apple Pie Recipe
Baking Time: 45 minutes
Oven Temp: 325
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups grated apples
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
½ cup whole milk
½ cup butter
1 egg yolk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour, salt, and butter. Using a fork or electric mixer, combine butter, egg yolk, and flour; add milk and mix it until it forms big dough clumps. Knead until the dough is formed, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20-30 min.
Prepare the filling: peel the apples and shred them using a hand box grater, transfer them to a separate medium bowl, and toss them in sugar and potato starch.
Once the dough is chilled, divide it in half and put aside one part of the dough to make a lattice top. Roll out one portion on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin. Gently roll it to make an oval shape to fill the 9-inch pie dish.
Transfer your pastry to the dish and trim the edges, forming a rim. Place the apple filling in a crust and spread in an even layer.
Roll out your last portion of pastry and, using a pizza wheel, cut the dough into about 1-inch strips. Lie five to six strips of the dough over the filled pie, arranging them all in the same direction. Add five to six more strips crosswise, lifting dough strips and weaving over and under to build up lattice. Continue this process until you cover the top of the pie.
Bake the pie at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until browned. Let it cool before serving.
Making the apple pie…..
After mixing and kneading the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. This makes the dough easier to roll out.
Grating the apples for a pie is better because sliced apples or apple chunks take much longer to bake to a soft texture.
Crimp the edges of the dough around the pan with your fingers, or if you want your pie to have a prize-winning look, use a fork. Crimp the edges, then neatly slice off the excess dough.
Dough strips for the lattice top should be no larger than 1 inch wide.
Trim the strips to the correct length after putting them on the pie. Where the lattice strips meet the crust, dampen the ends and gently press them onto the crust.
Now, isn’t that a pretty pie? TIP: I used ½ cup of sugar in the apple mixture. If you prefer it to be sweeter, then use honey or extra sugar for extra sweetness.
It can be served with vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, or whipped cream.
Delicious apple pie like grandma used to make with homemade lattice top crust. I used only ½ cup sugar but if sweeter is preferred use honey or extra sugar for extra sweetness. Serve each slice with a scoop of Ice Cream.
Delicious apple pie like grandma used to make with homemade lattice top crust.
I used only ½ cup sugar but if sweeter is preferred use honey or extra sugar for extra sweetness.
Serve each slice with a scoop of Ice Cream.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com