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Apple pie

Jerry Stratton, December 13, 1998

This easy spiced apple pie will spice up the traditional holiday dessert.

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 6 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour & 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tsp butter


  1. Mix all ingredients except walnuts, raisins, and butter.
  2. Sprinkle chopped walnuts and raisins on the crust before adding the filling.
  3. Add the filling.
  4. Put a few tsp-sized chunks of butter on top of the filling.
  5. Seal the top crust to the bottom by pressing it with the tines of the fork.
  6. Bake at 450F for 15 minutes, then 350F for 45 minutes.

Apple pie is mostly just a matter of tossing enough apples, sugar, and spices into a pie crust to fill it. This is my favorite apple pie recipe, probably because it begins to approximate mincemeat.

You should serve this pie with ice cream, either vanilla or ginger, or whipped cream.

For the crust, either buy an unbaked crust at the store (they’ll most likely be in the freezer section), use the recipe from your food processor’s manual (if you have one), or just use 2 cups flour, 2/3 cup butter, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, and enough water to make it barely stick together. Roll out 2/3 of it for the bottom, 1/3 for the top. Either lattice the top or poke holes in it, or you will end up with an apple bomb exploding in your oven.

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