Holiday Essentials: Rustic Apple Pie

Andy Anderson !


I saw a photo of a really neat looking apple pie, and I thought… heck, why not. So I started working on this apple pie last night, and this morning, I came out with this.

It’s a basic apple pie; it’s just a different kind of visual presentation. This would look wonderful on your holiday table. It’s so yummy.

So, you ready, let’s get into the kitchen.


★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
2 Hr 30 Min



  • 1/2 c
    coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 2 large
    lemons, just the juice
  • 4-5 large
    fresh apples, sweet or tart, your choice
  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted, melted
  • 1 large
    piecrust recipe

How to Make Holiday Essentials: Rustic Apple Pie


  2. Gather Your Ingredients.
  3. Mix the sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl, and reserve.
  4. Place the lemon juice in a non-reactive bowl.
  5. Slice the apples, as thin as possible.
  6. Place the thin apple slices in the lemon juice.
  7. Chef’s Tip: If you want to have consistent slices, and save yourself a lot of grief, use a mandoline.
  8. Chef’s Note: I was a bit skeptical about slicing the apple with the seeds; however, because they are sliced so thin, the seeds and apple core blend in with the flavors.
  9. Chef’s Note: I didn’t peel my apples, but you can do that if you wish.
  10. Take your pie dough recipe, and cut it into rustic shapes.
  11. Brush the bottom of a pie dish with butter.
  12. Add the pie dough pieces in an eclectic manner.
  13. Brush the top of the pie dough with butter.
  14. Sprinkle with a bit of the reserved sugar mixture.
  15. Add a layer of apples, and then sprinkle with more sugar mixture.
  16. Continue adding layers of apple; dusting each layer with a bit of sugar, until you fill the pie dish. Then add a final dusting of sugar mix.
  17. Chef's Tip: Save your very best apple slices for the top of the pie... That way it will look brilliant.
  18. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 330f (165c).
  19. Cover the entire pie with foil, place in the preheated oven, and bake for 2 hours.
  20. Remove the foil, increase the temperature to 350f (175c), and bake for an additional 20 – 30 minutes, to brown the crust.
  22. Allow the pie to rest for 30 minutes, and then cut a slice, and add a dollop of whipped cream, or maybe a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy.
  23. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Holiday Essentials: Rustic Apple Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids

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