Perfect for Thanksgiving: French Apple Pie
With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving … and especially desserts for Thanksgiving. In our house, we typically have two pies — a pumpkin and an apple. Honestly, I could eat the entire pumpkin pie by myself, though I am not sure that the family would approve.
For the apple, my favorite is a homemade version that I’ve been making for several years. It has a delightful sweet and crumbly top that goes so well with the sweet-tart apples inside.
It’s always a hit with kids and adults around my Thanksgiving table.
What pies are traditional in your house for Thanksgiving? Share in the comments below!
French Apple Pie
yields one pie
When you read this, and when you make it, you may find yourself thinking that the amounts are just too much. They aren’t. The apples cook down in the oven and the crumb topping compacts as well. Don’t worry!
1 good quality pie crust (I like Oronoque Farms)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
dash of salt
8 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 1/4 inch thick)
1/2 tbsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup firm butter
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in apples.
Pour apple combination into the pie crust, making them slightly higher in the center than on the sides. Sprinkle vanilla over the top of the pie.
Place pie in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar for the crumb topping. Cut in the butter and mix until crumbly. Alternatively, you can add all the ingredients to a food processor and process until evenly textured.
Remove pie from the oven and sprinkle crumb topping over the apples. Place pie back in the oven and cook for an additional 30-35 minutes.
Let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm…with vanilla bean ice cream.
Looking for another pie recipe? Here are a few good ones from around the web:
- Chiffon Pumpkin Pie @ Simply Recipes
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie @ Karina’s Recipes
- Sweet Cherry Pie @ Smitten Kitchen
- Pecan Pie @ Homesick Texan