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ghee's old-fashioned apple pie

(26 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Patti Smith
Calhoun, GA

My mother (my kids called her Ghee) was a "from scratch baker". To save time, I use a frozen pie crust. This was one of her favorite pies to prepare for all of us. Living in North Georgia, we are only an hour from the best apple orchards around. We used to go pick our own apples and by night fall, we would have a wonderful aroma calling us back to the kitchen for apple pie and ice cream. My mother passed away over 7 years ago but when I prepare this recipe, I am transported back to her kitchen with her love surrounding us.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

With super scrumptious crunchy topping, this wonderful apple pie is a dessert standout. The gala apples are a terrific choice.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(26 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For ghee's old-fashioned apple pie

  • 1
    deep dish pie crust, baked (to save time, use frozen pie crust)
  • 1/2 c
    walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    plain flour
  • 1/2 c
    light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 Tbsp
    melted margarine
  • 1
    egg, white only
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    corn starch
  • 1 tsp
  • 3 lb
    gala apples
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice

How To Make ghee's old-fashioned apple pie

  • 1
    Prick bottom and sides of crust with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Immediately brush the bottom and sides of the hot crust with a light coating of egg white. Reset oven to 425 degrees.
  • 2
    While crust is baking, mix pecans, flour, and brown sugar in a bowl. Work in butter with fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine sugar, corn starch, and cinnamon. Toss in apples and lemon juice. Cover with waxed paper and microwave on high 12 minutes, stirring halfway through. Spoon filling into crust. Sprinkle pecan topping over the filling. Bake pie 10 to 12 minutes or until topping is golden. Cool on wire rack.