The best apple pie on the planet!

I am not kidding when I say this is the best apple pie on the planet.

I came across this recipe a few years back and have made it ever since. Before I give you the recipe. I want to share the story of how I came to get this recipe. I will keep it brief, I promise it is a good one, or you can scroll past it! I used to work in retail and when I was the manager of the furniture department(among many other departments) It was a tough job dealing with customer complaints about furniture deliveries. One particular day I received a phone call from an irate jerk of a gentleman. He stated that he was at our store to pick up 2 chairs that were delivered to the store for the customer’s pick up. After he unloaded them into his apartment and began to un box them, he discovered that they were not the chairs he ordered. After doing some checking on this situation, I found that the associate at the service desk gave the stock associate the wrong order. We still had the customers chairs and he had someone else’s order. I made arrangements for us to exchange the customers chairs. The problem was that it was not soon enough for this jerk of a customer. He demanded(not nicely) that I get someone to his apartment today or he would be taking these chairs to his apartment dumpster. I could not get anyone to do the exchange on this day, so I did the only thing I could think of, I called my husband who has a full-sized van. I love my husband, he always comes to my rescue. At the time my husband worked from home, so this was good for him. My husband traveled 30 miles from our home to the store to pick up the correct set of chairs then on to the gentleman’s jerk’s apartment to exchange the chairs. My husband confirmed what a nice guy I was dealing with. Now on to the pie part. The woman at the service desk who made the mistake was so upset that I had to deal with such a great customer and that my husband was the one who corrected the mistake. The very next day she brought in a homemade apple pie to give to my husband for all that he did. I took this wonderful pie home to my husband and told him who it was from. After dinner that night he had a slice of the pie and I have never heard my husband rave about a dessert like that. He immediately wrapped the pie back up and took it upstairs to our bedroom closet, he was not sharing this pie with the four boys. I think I did get 1 small slice, but that was it. The rest of the pie was eaten by my husband. I of course had to get this recipe and have made this apple pie every year since. When ever I make this pie to take to a friends house or party I have to make 2, one for my husband and the other to share. NO JOKE!

So here it is!

Ingredients for apple pie

The Best Apple Pie on the Planet
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  1. 1 pastry crust for a deep dish 9 inch pie (home-made or store-bought)
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 3 tablespoons ll-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 6 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples
Crumb Topping
  1. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  4. 1/2 cup soften butter
  5. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  6. Caramel syrup topping
  1. In a mixing bowl stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated.
  3. Transfer the apple mixture to the pie shell.
  4. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture, making sure to cover all the apples.
  5. Cover the edges of pie with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes at 375.
  7. Remove foil and bake for another 25 minutes at 375.
  8. Place a cookie sheet on lower level of oven to catch drippings.
  9. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle pie with chopped pecans and drizzle with caramel topping.
  1. Tip: Cut each apple 1 at a time, add 1st apple to bowl and layer with a portion of the sugar and flour mixture, repeat until each apple is cut and coated with sugar.
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Note: This pie won Emeril Lagasse’s 2001 Apple Pie Contest.

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I made the very first apple pie without an apple peeler/corer. I said I will never make another one until I purchased a peeler. I have to say this was the only kitchen gadget my husband did not complain about me purchasing. I have made every other apple pie with this thing. It is the BEST! It makes the entire process of making the pie so much easier. I am ALL about the easy!

Tip: I place a paper towel under the grip and on the counter to catch-all the apple juice and to make clean up easier. One scoop and all the apple skin and core’s are cleaned up. Again Easy! Did I mention I am about the easy!

I also make my crust. I did not share the how to on this one but here is the recipe for the crust.

Homemade Pie Crust
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  1. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1 1/2 cups lard/Crisco
  4. 1 tablespoons sugar
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 cup cold water
  7. 1 tablespoon vinegar
  1. Mix together flour, salt, Crisco, and sugar until crumbling.
  2. In small bowl add: egg, water and vinegar
  3. Slowly add liquid to dry mix. Mix only long enough to make the dough wet.
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best- apple- pie on the planetSo what do you think? Feel like some apple pie? Let me know of any better pie crust recipe’s, I am always looking for the best.

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25 Responses to The best apple pie on the planet!

  1. I made this pie last night and it was excellent. Only thing was the apples were a bit too juicy (next time I will release the juices first) and it was a bit too sweet. Could that be because the apples were so juicy to begin with? Would love to cut back the sugar. Do you think I can? Either in the filling or the crumb topping?

  2. This looks wonderful. I wonder about adding the pecans to the pie for the last 25 minutes of baking…seems like they would be better toasted. Have you tried this?

    • Donna, I have never froze a pie before, but I did a search and there are a lot of sights that tell you how to freeze, thaw and be able to bake. Great idea with freezing them though.

  3. I’m a lover of all things apple and your pie does look like it could be the best in the world. I must add it to my apple pie recipe collection. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

  4. OMG, yummmm! I love apple pie, especially with the oat/crisp top. I have been using my apple peeler/slicer/corer like crazy this fall!
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Even though its Black Friday, hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects. Don’t forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. This looks and sounds delicious! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Can’t wait to see what you bring to the party tomorrow. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. I found your website through Pinterest! I really want to make this pie for thanksgiving. I am curious what kind of apples you use? Every time I make apple pie, it comes out watery so I know I’m choosing the wrong apples! Any suggestions would be appreciated. This sounds amazing!

    • In the fall season I use Honey Crisp! These are the best apples ever! They are available in limited areas and for a limited time frame. You can also try golden delicious, jonagold or gala! Enjoy the pie and please come back after you made it to let me know how you like it!

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