Although I rarely made a cake from scratch, I did occasionally make cookies and this pie recipe that I got off a flour bag from scratch. All my brothers enjoyed peanut butter cookies, but Bobby's favorite was Apple pie. I made this pie several times one summer as we were given a big basket of apples by a local farmer. One memory I really cherish is going home at the end of the summer and having my brothers tell my Mom, "Shirley makes cookies just like yours and just as good too." Then Bobby (who rarely gave anyone compliments) added "She also makes the best apple pie you ever had." When I showed my recipe to Mom, she said it did sound good but she would call it a cobbler instead of pie because it does not have a bottom crust.
English Apple Pie Recipe
Makes 8 servings
5 large apples. pared (pealed), cored, and sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon (for step 2)
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon cinnamon (repeated for step 3)
1 cup pastry flour (although finely sifted all-purpose baking lour should do too)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans, chopped
- Spread apple slices in bottom of greased 9" x 12" pan or 3-quart baking dish.
- Combine 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and white sugar; sprinkle evenly over apple slices.
- Mix butter, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, flour, and salt - blending well; then spread over top of apples.
- Sprinkle top with pecans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes, until apples are tender.
- May be served warm or cold. After spooning into serving dishes may be topped with whip cream or ice cream, if desired.