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MMom's Simply Amazing Apple Pie Recipe

Updated on November 23, 2011
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Baseball and apple pie. Two all-American classics that don't really go together -- until you add the third element of the time-honored trio: Motherhood!

This recipe is for all you busy T-ball moms* out there. It's an easy, delicious dessert you can put together in 1/2 hour, pop into the oven, and have ready when your little shortstop gets home from practice. Mmmmmmm. And only 1.5 hours from start to delish!

*Also a great dessert option for soccer moms, lacrosse moms, track & field moms, chess club moms, ballet moms, Girl Scout/Boy Scout moms, single moms, working moms, busy moms -- and anyone else who doesn't have a lot of time to bake (but wants to make it look like they did :-).

From peel to plate in 1.5 hours! Yum!!!
From peel to plate in 1.5 hours! Yum!!! | Source


Pam cooking spray

2 refrigerated pie crusts (9")

3 large or 5 small Granny Smith apples

1 ripe pear

1/4 fresh lemon

1/2 cup butter (unsalted preferably)

3 Tablespoons flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white granulate sugar

1/4 cup water

Pinch of cinnamon

Be sure to leave space between your lattice strips so you can pour the caramel through.
Be sure to leave space between your lattice strips so you can pour the caramel through. | Source

Assembly Directions

Spray bottom and sides of a 9" pie pan with Pam cooking spray

Press one of the pie crusts into the pan. Crimp edges if you like.

Peel,core, and slice apples (thickess of slices is up to you)

Wash, core and slice pear (I leave the skin on the pear)

Arrange apple and pear slices in pie pan. You can stack them neatly or toss them in randomly.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice over apple/pear slices

Cut 2nd pie crust into 1/2" strips lengthwise. 1/2 of the strips will go across pie horizontally and 1/2 will go across pie vertically. Weave strips over/under each other to form a lattice. Remember making rafts out of popsicle sticks at camp? Same principle.

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour. Add brown sugar, white sugar, water, cinnamon.

Bring mixture just to a bowl. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Mixture will look like thin caramel when ready.

Pour caramel mixture carefully over pie through "holes" in lattice crust.

Be sure to get some of the caramel on the lattice crust also.

Baking Notes

The secret ingredient is the pear. It adds a nice little sweetness to the tart apples. If you don't like pears or are an apple pie purist, that's aok. Just up your sugar quantity to taste....

I am not going to list any kind of nutrition information for this recipe. Yes, it's loaded with butter and sugar. But it's also loaded with fruit. So it's healthy, right? Besides, if your kids have been running their little tushies off at sports practice, and you've been running your little tushy off shlepping them to and from practice, you've all earned a piece of Mighty Mom's Apple Pie! Enjoy!!!

Baking Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C)

Place pie on a baking sheet (trust me, you do NOT want this caramel mixture dripping into your oven!)

Bake pie at 425 (220) for 15 minutes

Reduce oven temperature to 350 (175) and continue baking pie for 35-55 minutes until apples are soft (I did 40 mins and my apples were just right!)

Let pie cool for 20 minutes or more before attempting to slice. Otherwise you will have a soupy, goopy mess!


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    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Enjoy, Lakisha. I'm getting ready to whip up one of these babies (maybe two) for Thanksgiving.

      It is TO DIE FOR!

      Good job getting out onto HP and commenting. Work it, girl! MM

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      Lakisha P 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hi, I can't wait to try this apple pie. It looks like I know it taste... great. Thanks for your fan mail and this recipe.

    • Lola1929 profile image


      7 years ago from Oregon

      You're so sweet. I wouldn't feed my food to my... husband! I have a great friend you is gluten free, sugar free, lactose free, caffeine free. I asked her, "What's the point in living?" She just laughed.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Lola! You've already changed your avatar pic! I like it! This is my special Thanksgiving Avatar. Regular "Supergirl" will return after the holidays.

      I haven't baked anything in months. Hubby is off sugar and wheat, as is son. I've been making a lot of pudding with Rice Milk and Truvia. Been toying with trying some gluten-free baking.

      Meanwhile I'm sure your apple pie recipe is aok.

      I trust you implicitly! MM

    • Lola1929 profile image


      7 years ago from Oregon

      If you get a chance, check out my apple pie recipe. It wrong somewhere, but I'm not sure...

      Love from Lola

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Perfect apple pie! Sounds awesomely delicious as well. Why not, since it's easy to prepare, I'll make a try for this one although apples are expensive here in my country. Thanks for the sharing, MM!

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey oliversmum. I hope you and your family love it as much as my family does. ENjoy! And happy, EASY baking! MM

    • oliversmum profile image


      7 years ago from australia

      Mighty Mom Hi. Wow your recipe looks delicious and easy to make. Can almost smell the aroma.

      I love recipes with Granny smith apples.

      Its winter here, So this Apple Pie recipe will go over a treat.

      Thanks for sharing it with us. Voted up. :) :)

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks allexia.


    • allexia26 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Just in time for Mother's Day, eh? Thanks,Debby! MM

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Apple pie. My favorite. Yum!

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      glowingrocks -- you are my kinda baker. That's exacty why I posted this recipe. I have lived my life in fear of the dread apple pie. Have seen even accomplished bakers mess it up. This one is so easy even MM could do it. Let me know how you do and if I'm right about it being the easiest and tastiest apple pie EVER! MM

    • glowingrocks profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      It has been awhile since I did any baking?I am a microwave chef.;)I will have to give this a try.Thanks for sharing.

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      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      Thanks, MM. You rock.

      And I just did it. See it here:

      My first back-link. Lol. I like hubbing.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      1. Yep. Eating like a grown up = healthy + awesome. Doing well so far. Gotta make it a lifestyle change, tho!

      You can have all my caramel and all my Easter candy, too!!!

      2. Of course!!! Go for it!!!

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      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      Hey, MM, I was wondering if I could back link this with my dessert recipe hub? That would be cool. Thanks!

    • The Jet profile image

      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      Eating like a grown up = healthy + awesome

      And thanks. Hope you are too. :)

      Thanks for the caramel. Lol

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I don't know about "awesome" but certainly healthier. Gotta do it, tho. Time to eat like a grown up:-)!!

      Hope you are having a fun weekend. MM

      P.S. You can have my caramel.

    • The Jet profile image

      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      Good for you! Sugar free and low carb sounds awesome. Caramel always rocks. Haha.

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Safeway apple pies? Are you serious? I can't stand the crust on supermarket pies. It's nasty. Supermarket cakes and cookies are fine. But pies? Bleh.

      Well, I'm really glad I got to invent (ok, adapt) this recipe and share it with the hubber world. We're going sugar free and low carb in our house. Will be a long time before I serve another caramel laden pie.

      I hope you enjoy it. The caramel rocks. Seriously!

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      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      I will try this one day and stop with the Safeway apple pies... this sounds delicious as you have caramel in there. Awesome.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      7 years ago

      Sounds like a quick treat my family will love; thanks for sharing...

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I know, hunh! Pretty clever. I can't take credits for the caramel part, but adding the pear was a stroke of... necessity (actually, I didn't have enough apples so adding a pear seemed like a good idea). Necessity is the MOTHER OF INVENTION :-).

      Hope you enjoy the recipe, Gus! MM

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      MM - That's a nifty-looking recipe for an apple pie. Had never thought about using a pear along with the apples, or making caramel separately, either. Nice suggestions. Gotcha bookmarked.

      Gus :-)))

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks,all, for checking out my recipe. I should have mentioned that I am NOT a baker. Slice and bake cookies is my speed. This was something my hubby asked me to do. I know that apple pies can be tough (the apples are too tart, don't get cooked, etc.). I really lucked out on finding a "different" recipe and even made it my own by adding a couple of secret ingredients (pear, cinnamon).

      It's so easy. Trust me. If I can make this pie, anyone can make this pie!

      Enjoy this Mighty Yummy pie recipe!! MM

    • Cagsil profile image


      7 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Mighty Mom, had to drop by and see your recipe on Apple Pie. I'll have to give it a try some time, so I'll be bookmarking it before I leave your hub. Definitely nicely written. Thank you for sharing and I'll have to let you know how things turn out. My mother is the one who usually makes Apple Pie, when it needs to be made. So, I don't have it a lot or often. Thumbs up! :)

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      Peter Owen 

      7 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      save me a piece

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      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you MM!! As if I need more reason to make a pie!! Sounds so easy and yummy! Just thinking I am a soccer, baseball, basketball, Karate and tired mom so I am thinking I need to double or triple this recipe. Ok actually I need to make more than one pie so that I can have one all to myself ;)

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      Tony Mead 

      7 years ago from Yorkshire

      Hi mighty mom

      sounds a real treat for all the family



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      Jeff Berndt 

      7 years ago from Southeast Michigan

      I'll have to give this one a shot when the apples come in this fall.

    • sophie_allen profile image


      7 years ago from Washington D.C. USA 20002

      This looks really good! I'll try this one. My husband and I enjoy apple pies and i'm sure getting a fat belly for a day won't hurt. Thanks for the recipe. Great hub!

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Sorry about that! I guess I should get my chocolate trifel recip up NOW, before your diet recovers:-).

      Not a lot of ways to make this diet friendly. Splenda or Truvia instead of sugar. I don't know the name of that fake butter -- Olestra?

      But the crust is still the crust...

      Thanks for visiting, acaetnna! MM

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      Why is it whenever I am on a diet I get drawn to your hubs?! I know because you always provide me with great recipes. Thanks for sharing and blow the diet!!


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