Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie

Dorene Nagy


This sounds crazy, doesn't it? It will be the best apple pie you have ever eaten. My grandmother baked all her fruit pies in a brown paper grocery bag. It won't catch on fire if you don't let it touch the top of the oven. I take one of my racks out when baking this pie. My family goes nuts over this pie. When it's time to bake, you put the pie pan in a brown bag and sit it on a cookie sheet. Roll the end up and staple shut. Out of this world tasty.

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This apple pie recipe was a big hit in the Test Kitchen! The cooking technique really cooks this apple pie to perfection. The crust doesn't overcook and the apples are tender and moist. The topping on the pie is easy and so yummy. Just follow Dorene's precise directions and you'll have one superb apple pie. Serve with a big dollop of ice cream or whipped cream and it's a little slice of heaven. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 5 votes

20 Min
1 Hr


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  • 1
    unbaked pie shell
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 3 - 4 medium
    apples, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 stick
    butter, softened
  • 1/2 c
    flour, use less if apples are not juicy.

How to Make Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie


  1. Preheat oven to 425. Peel and thinly slice 3 or 4 apples, enough to fill an unbaked pie shell.
  2. Mix first four ingredients with apple slices in a large bowl.
  3. Put apple mixture into pie crust.
  4. Mix sugar and flour and cut in soft butter. Sprinkle this topping over apples.
  5. Put pie in large brown paper bag on cookie sheet and staple shut.
  6. Place in oven taking care not to touch the element. Bake at 425 for 1 hour. Brown bag will scorch but will not catch fire.
  7. Depending on your oven, you may need to take out a wire rack. The brown bag gets no bigger than what it is when you staple it shut.

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About Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #apple

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