New England Recipes: Old Fashioned Apple Pie

An awesome old-fashioned apple pie recipe!

One of everyone’s favorite New England recipes, apple pie will fill your home with tantalizing scents as it bakes. This is a wonderful pie crust recipe, and the apple filling is both sweet and rich. Use any type of tart baking apple, including Braeburn, Winesap, Cortland, or Jonathan. My favorite pie apple, however, is Granny Smith. The Granny Smith has a nice tart flavor, and it keeps its shape well while baking. You might want to use a combination of different types of apples for your apple pie recipe!

Holle’s Old-Fashioned Apple Pie recipe

What you’ll need:                                                 


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ½ cup ice water



  • 6-7 cups thin apple slices, cut in half-moons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Dash salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


Directions:  Mix 2 cups of flour and ½ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, blend in butter and shortening. Gradually add ice water until you can form the mixture into a ball. Remove dough ball from ball and divide into two equal portions. Wrap each ball in cling wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

On a slightly floured surface, roll one ball of dough into a circle that’s about 1/8-inch thick. Place the crust into a 9-inch pie pan. Prick the bottom of the crust to keep it from getting soggy.

In another bowl, mix together the apples, the sugar, the vinegar, the cinnamon, the cloves, and a dash of salt. Pour the mixture into the pie pan. Drizzle with the two tablespoons melted butter.

Roll second dough ball into strips and make a lattice crust for the top of the pie.  Seal the edges together with a fork or with your thumb and forefinger.

Bake pie at 400 degrees for about one hour.

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