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=ne of the many things that my gram instilled in me was a love for baking. That is the biggest memory I have of my gram. She always had something sweet at her house. Either her homemade chocolate chip cookies, bubble bread, or pies. I always knew when I went to her house that I would be indulging into something sweet.
This is one of the last pictures I got of her before she passed away. It was taken October 2016 celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
My cousins and I reminisce about her often. Mainly about her love for baking. It felt fitting to make an apple pie on Memorial Day using her recipe since she couldn’t be with us this year. Family gatherings are always hard now because Grammy was the “glue” in our family. She helped keep us whole. I like to think that she would be proud of us and how we’ve stuck together since she’s been gone. It doesn’t feel like it was a year and a half ago that we lost her.
I’ve decided that I wanted to share with you all her Apple Pie recipe. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we all have over the years. This apple pie was not only special because it was hers but also because it was made from the apples that Pappy and I picked in the fall together from their apple tree.
If you’re like me then you like to make your pie crust from scratch as well. Here is my go to crust recipe that is actual from my maternal grandmother.
2 cups flour
3/4 cup Crisco (refrigerated)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine the flour and salt; cut in the Crisco. Use a fork to cut it into pea size balls and then add water until you get the right consistency. Don’t over work the dough. Line the pie dish and bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Separate the dough into two halves. Roll one out like so and place into a 9″ diameter pie dish. Remember to use a fork to poke holes in the bottom or else it will bubble up. I almost forgot to do it this time. Cut the excess crust from around the edges.
2 lbs. Apples
1 Tablespoon Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
Dash of Cloves
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons Butter
Put mixture in with cut apples. Stir around then arrange apples in bottom of crust. Put dots of butter on top of sliced apples. Cover with remaining crust. Bake at 350 Degrees for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
I prefer to do lattice because I think it looks prettier but you can do what ever kind of top you like best. Let cool a few minutes and then cut to serve!