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Make Apple Pie From Scratch

Updated on July 19, 2014

An Epic Recipe to Make Apple Pie From Scratch

I love to make this apple pie from scratch. Over the years I have made this apple pie for many. Every time I make it people flip out. They love it, find it irresistible, and they always want the recipe. It's always the biggest hit at any gathering with food.

Whenever there is a gathering having to do with food, I am always asked to bring my apple pie from scratch.

This is no joke; however, it is rather funny because I'm not the best cook in the world. (O;

You will also find the history of apple pies, a recipe for apple pie everclear, a poll, and a short quiz on down the article.


Disclaimer: I am not responsible for excessive salivation.

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  • 9" deep-dish unbaked pie crust
  • 6 large apples - pealed and thinly sliced

    (3 Washington Red Delicious and 3 Washington Granny Smith apples - green)

  • 1 cup sugar divided in half

    (two half cups of sugar)

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Your Apples - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


When you make apple pie from scratch, the apples you choose make a huge difference in the taste. I have tried many different apples over the years and the combo of three Washington Red Delicious apples and three Washington Granny Smith apples -green- makes the best apple pie that I've ever tasted. These apples tend to be a little more expensive than others; however, it will make the difference between a good apple pie from scratch or an epic apple pie from scratch.

Note: If you prefer a super tart apple pie you can use all Granny Smith apples. If you prefer a sweet apple pie you can use all Red Delicious apples. I prefer the tart mixed with the sweet. I also put the Granny Smith apples on the bottom of the apple pie.

Your Pie Crust - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


You do not have to use a 9" deep-dish crust. I prefer the deep-dish.

When you do make your apple pie from scratch with a deep-dish pie crust, it does take a little longer to cook. I believe the extra time is worth it. A deep-dish pie crust holds more of the cinnamon, apple, sugary goodness.

If you would prefer to make a homemade pie crust please see azpoppy's Easy Peasy Pie Crust Article. Of course, you will not need to make the top so you should probably cut the recipe in half.

Sugar and Cinnamon - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon with 1/2 cup sugar. I prefer the organic sugar. I have used sugar substitute before. It can be used, but the pie does not taste as good.

Sprinkle on the Cinnamon and Sugar - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


To make an apple pie from scratch that is epic, you will want to cut your apple slices as thin as you can possibly manage.

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix onto the apples as you build your tower of thin apple slices inside of your 9" pie crust.

A Tower of Apple, Cinnamon, and Sugary Goodness - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


This looks yummy already doesn't it?

See the thinly sliced apples that have been carefully placed to create a mountain of apple goodness. To make an apple pie from scratch that is epic, you want an artists eye. See, it's not just a recipe, it is in fact an art.

Cover with Foil and Bake - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


I cover the apple pie with foil to help it cook faster and keep the moister in. Try to keep the foil from touching the apples.

Place the apple pie on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven for 35 minutes.

Butter - Crumb Topping for Apple Pie - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


While your apple pie is cooking you can make the crumb topping.

In a bowl mix:

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
Then you can cut your 1/2 cup of butter (VERY COLD) into the above mixture. A pastry blender is great to use if you have one. I do not, so I scrape the butter into the bowl with a fork.

Then you use your fork to push and mix the flour, sugar, and butter together. This may take a while. If your butter gets too warm you can place your bowl in the freezer for a few minutes and then give it another go.

Crumb Topping for Apple Pie - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


Here is what your topping should look like. It should be crumbly, almost like a coffee cake topping.

When you are done simply place it in the refrigerator until your apple pie is ready for it.

Apple Pie Duel - Let's Fight it Out

How Do You Prefer Your Apple Pie

Ready - Crumb Topping for Apple Pie - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


35-ish minutes later and this is what you will have.

Wow. That looks even better than the uncooked tower of apples.

Sprinkle on Crumb Topping for Apple Pie - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


Take your crumb topping for your apple pie out of your refrigerator and sprinkle it over the top of your apple pie.

Place the apple pie back into the oven (no foil). You can turn the oven up to about 500 degrees, but don't go far from your oven.

Make Apple Pie From Scratch - The Epic Result


When the top is brown and some of the juices are starting to bubble out of the sides of your apple pie, you are all done. This usually takes about 20 minutes.

This apple pie is best if cut after it's had a few hours to cool in the refrigerator. Making it the day before it has to be cut is optimal. If it is cut too soon it will fall apart.

If it has been allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight, the apple pie will stay together very well. It will cut beautifully.

Enjoy with ice-cream or cheese.

History of Apple Pies - 14th Century Recipe


The history of apple pies is a long one which takes us back to the thirteen hundreds. Of course, the original recipe is different than what you see today.

The above recipe (creative commons) is from the thirteen hundreds. It calls for:

  • good apples
  • good spices
  • figs
  • raisins
  • pears
Apple pies have been made in England, Sweden the Netherlands, and France for centuries. It was typically enjoyed alone, with ice cream, double, cream, or custard.

American apple pie recipes date back to the seventeen hundreds; however, English colonies preferred meat in their pies.

It is said that mock apple pie was invented by Pioneers in the early nineteen hundreds. They used crackers rather than apples because they lacked the apples during their travels.

Apple pie didn't come from Americans but we sure do claim it with the phrase, "As American as apple pie."

In World War II, when soldiers were asked, "Why are you going to war?" their supposed typical reply was, "For Mom and apple pie."

We love apple pie so much we have made a recipe for apple pie everclear. Doesn't that sound really, super, yummy? Everclear-moonshine really is great for colds. I have had blueberry and apple cinnamon moonshine. They were both really great. I am sure that I would adore apple pie everclear.

Click HERE for the Apple Pie Everclear Recipe.


One More Look at this Beautiful Piece of Art - Make Apple Pie From Scratch


Thank You

Thank you to all of you for your kind words. I just realized (11/4) that it got LOTD. I have a lot of Squidooing to do. I will get to everyone that has left a comment; it just might take me a couple days to do this. (O;

I want to send my gratitude to the gals and guys at FreshWonders. If it weren't for them I would never have achieved Giant, this lens would never have gotten a Purple Star or LOTD.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This recipe it sounds easy and the result,looks yummy! I'll try this recipe.Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the recipe. DON'T LIKE the 18 pages that print out before you get the recipe! Grrr.

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      jenniferteacher1 6 years ago

      Yum! I'll have to give this recipe a try!

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      pinkberry 6 years ago

      Loved the pics, very helpful and beautiful. Epic! Yes!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You forgot one step: you must first invent the universe.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well technically the first step would have had to been inventing the universe. But, otherwise, even the most microscopic of organisms would surely have found this baked concoction a Fountain of Youth for their chemical biology.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on this delicious LOTD creation. Very nicely done with your step by step directions, pictures and historical information!

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      Scarlettxxvii 7 years ago

      Looks absolutely delicious. I've never baked apple pie before and I'll be sure to give this a try. Yum!

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      AdriennePetersen 7 years ago

      Looks good! Congrats on LOTD

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      divacratus 2 7 years ago

      Looks so damn good! Yummmmm! Thanks for the recipe and congrats on LOTD!

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      BuildingBlockToys 7 years ago

      Excellent lens! You are guilty of making me hungry ;)

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      mom-247 7 years ago

      Ok, this looks good. I live in Australia where buying a pre made pie crust is a little different so once I have that worked out I will make this. Yum. I love the idea of the crumb topping too.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      @snazzy lm: Apparently not. Many people have made similar comments. I will replace it shortly when I have something worthy of the pie. (O;

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      snazzy lm 7 years ago

      Hi! Your apple pie looks delicious! Do you make your own pastry? Pardon me for asking if a bought pastry pie shell counts as "apple pie from scratch"?

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      reflectionhaiku 7 years ago

      Very tasteful lens and delicious enough to eat! It gets me motivated to make my very first from scratch apple pie. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Violin-Student 7 years ago

      Apple pie! One of my favorites. I haven't had an apple pie with a crumb topping in years. I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend, although I've got a little more experimenting to do in the kitchen before Holidays arrive! Thanks for the ideas!

      -Art Haule

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love apple pie. My second favorite after blueberry.

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      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Me, not so much, but my husband would eat it morning, noon and night. I make apple pie from scratch several times a year. But I have not made one with a crumble topping, what a great idea.

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      Rita-K 7 years ago

      A wonderful "all American" lens! What's for dinner?

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Yes, I love apple pie and I will be making this recipe from scratch for the family next time I go for dinner. Congrats on LOTD and now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      @shadezofmichelle: Thank you for sharing the crust recipe. I have a couple but they don't do this pie justice. I have to play with the crust some more before I find something that will add to it.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Sounds delicious and easy to make.

      Congrats on LoTD

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      congrats on delicious LOTD ~ great directions and pictures, I can almost smell it!

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      HtCares 7 years ago

      I'll have to give this pie a looks delicious! This was a very fun lens. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Course I;'m an apple pie lover. Isn't everyone? I'm hungry just looking at those pictures.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

      Wowsers!!!! That pie looks amazingly delicious! Can I come over to your house and have some? Pretty please? ;-)

      Congrats on LOTD! Way to go!

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      Pete Schultz 7 years ago

      congratulations on lens of the day, and I'm sorry you are not responsible for salivation, I think you could cure me by providing an apple pie.

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! This truly is an epic apple pie! Yum

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I am going to try your red/green combo. I had never thought of using a sweet and tart apple together and it sounds delicious!

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      DebMartin 7 years ago

      Looks good. Congratulations on your lens recognition.

      Yes, I love apple pie. Got to be hot!

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      Asinka Fields 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA


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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Looks delicious! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      Looks very delicious! I always make an apple pie because it is so easy to make.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love apple pies and your recipe sounds interesting. I'll try it next time! Thanks

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      JennySui 7 years ago

      Hey! Congrats on LOTD! Your lens is really beautiful, actually the pics you have used in it are really fantastic.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Sooooo happy for you to win LOTD for this scrumptious lens. And perfect timing too for making apple pie. I will definitely be trying this one. It looks so good. ** Blessed **

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Lensrolled to my lens on potatoes:

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Sure looks like a delicious apple pie!

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      CeruttiTesi 7 years ago

      So tasty and so easy! To make it even more juicy one can add berries.

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congrats on LotD.

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      goldilocks70 7 years ago

      With the holidays fast approaching, I will definitely be using THIS recipe to WOW the crowds!! Thank you for this. The pictures are fantastic!! Yummy.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      EVERYONE. Thank you soooooo much. I will be squidooing most of the day to visit everyone who has been by to visit. I'm sorry for the delayed response. I just realized it. I still don't have moving wrapped up. I am soooooo grateful too all of you here on Squidoo, and especially grateful to the ladies at FreshWonders.

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      Congrats on LOTD!! Love this lens!

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      jolielaide75 7 years ago

      yummm yummmm yummmm! Apple pie is my favourite type of pie! I will definitely be giving this one a try!

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      mirichandler 7 years ago

      Bravo on your apple pie pictures. I always love original pictures on a lens!

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      Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Ohhh, this looks really delicious. I wouldn't mind making an effort to bake one if it tastes fantastic. Thanks for the recipe and congratulations on LOTD.

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      Kharadriisa LM 7 years ago

      Good Recipe! I love the Food Club crust. We have a grocery store that sells Food Club brand :P We may be in the same area!

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      ICanCook 7 years ago

      I love apple pie and yours look beautiful.

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      bewebmarketing 7 years ago

      So Yummi!!! I want to eat it right now. Great lens

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      I love apple pie with vanilla sause on the side

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      shadezofmichelle 7 years ago

      I love pie from scratch also, and I can't wait to try this recipe, it is the first I have heard of it. I will add that I have a very easy scratch flaky pie crust that would go with it. I haven't found a store bought crust that I like as much. Just mix 2 c.flour, dash salt, 1/2 c. veg oil and 1/4 c. milk with a pastry blender just until blended, ( about 1-2 minutes, longer makes crust tough) then press in pan and fill. So easy and so flaky. It is also mess free if you roll it between two sheets of wax paper instead of sprinkling the surface with flour. This recipe should make a top and bottom crust unless you are going with a deep dish pan. I usually cut the recipe in 1/2 for a single layer crust.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It sure looks tasty :)

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      dryder 7 years ago

      Great lens ... CONGRATS on making LOTD!

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      My favourite! Great lens. I love apple pie (typical Brit) with lashings of custard! I live near Southwell, Nottinghamshire UK too the home of the Bramley apple, simply the best for apple pie!

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      spider-girl 7 years ago

      I'm drooling over this hot-baked delicious pie, I could never make such stuff really, would try it soon! Thanks for sharing :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Looks very delicious and yummy. Congrats.

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      mosaic lm 7 years ago

      A mandoline can help you slice the apples quickly and thinly. I'm drooling.... Great lens!

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Making me very hungrey for a piece of fresh hot apple pie!Great Lens!

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      loveydoo 7 years ago

      They all look so tempting ... help me :)

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      10 points. it looks great and simple... wonderful lens

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      Frugal Bride 7 years ago

      mmmmmm that looks so good! I added your lens to my lensroll for health benefits of apples and healthy apple recipes. thanks!

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      reemasunil 7 years ago

      Cool i have tasted apple pie which my friend made. Now i am going to try on my own. Thanks for great recipe.Lot of hard work there.Congrats on LOD.

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      Gail47 7 years ago

      I am a pie lover almost no matter what it is made of! My favorite dessert!!! You've been blessed by an Angel!

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      WOW! I'm really hungry now :-) Thanks for sharing - can't wait to try it out!

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      steamtown 7 years ago

      Thank you for your great lens. I have been looking for different ideas for apple pie and your lens hit the jackpot. I have bookmarked your lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh my, what a yummy lens! And yes, I drooled a wee bit too, but you did warn me LOL Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! - Kathy

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      Linda Pogue 7 years ago from Missouri

      This looks fantastic. I will have to try it! Thumbs up!

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      jgall34 lm 7 years ago

      That looks absolutely delicious, my wife and I made an apple pie just the other day however it needs some tweaking. I will refer to your lens for some ideas for our next attempt. Great lens

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      i love all kinds of pie

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      KiteZA 7 years ago

      If you wish to create an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

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      littlebluegiant 7 years ago

      That's one handsome looking pie. Tanned and crispy,with the kind of crunch the way I like it. Great tips. Can't wait to try it out.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I am definitely an apple pie lover! Can't wait to make this recipe.

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      ShelleyMurphy 7 years ago

      This looks incredible, it reminds me of my Nan she use to make the best apple pies in the universe

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I made this recipe tonight and split into six oven-safe bowls to make mini pies. MMMMM they smell good!

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      dtchosen 7 years ago

      NIce lens :) I will definitely try this..

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      Michelle Mafra 7 years ago from Corona CA

      yumm! I am going to try it out and let you know the results....

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      gypsyman27 lm 7 years ago

      One thing, I will use the recipes I find here as they are good ones!

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      gypsyman27 lm 7 years ago

      I love apple pie and I love to bake, my son and I (I'm a single father) usually enjoy apple pie during Thanksgiving and Christmas (and any other time the mood hits:)) along with our holiday meals. See you around the galaxy...

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Yes, I love apple pie, and this lens is good enough to eat. I will angel bless it instead. Congrats on your lotd!

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      Jacqueline Marshall 7 years ago from Chicago area

      That pie looks awesome and I'm sure it tastes the same. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      I love apple pie! Yours look yummy! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, I love apple pie, but my mother always made the CRUST from scratch too, and I think this makes a significant difference, that and being willing to get a little heavy handed with the spices. I like lots of cinnamon and cloves on mine, and freshly whipped cream, not the crap from a can!.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Congratulations for your LOTD for Make Apple Pie From Scratch. Wonderful lens!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Love apple pie with custard :)

      Congrats on your LOTD.

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Congratulations on LOTD... what a beautiful recipe... I have never made an apple pie but this looks delicious. I might just have to try.

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Congratulations on LOTD... what a beautiful recipe... I have never made an apple pie but this looks delicious. I might just have to try.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      This looks like a keeper. Great job on the instructions. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      ClinicallySigni 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic lens and recipe! I can tell you put in a TON of effort and definitely deserve that LoTD Honor!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      This looks utterly delicious! Must try.

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      DataLaura 7 years ago

      That apple pie looks so good. I tink I'm going to try your recipe.

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      Zamorak 7 years ago

      I love apple pies! Too bad I don't have one right now, because looking at the pictures made me hungry.

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      Kapalbility 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the LOTD. Very well deserved. Your apple pie from scratch makes me hungry. I love a girl who can cook.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I have to admit that when I got to the module labeled, "Sprinkle on the Cinnamon and Sugar" I gasped (loudly). WOW, now that's a stack of apples. I'm saving this now in my bookmarks. Congrats on LOTD!

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      SunnyDaze LM 7 years ago

      Nice lens. This looks like a great recipe. I've never baked a pie before, but this may change things. Apple pie is the only fruit pie that I really like and with a bit of icecream on the side. Yum!

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      Seems simple enough! I'm not a very good chef either so I'm glad you made that statement at the beginning. It might tempt me to try it ;)

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      Heather Weaver 7 years ago from Colorado

      Oh this is making me so hungry!!!! Good thing I have apples from the tree in the backyard. Beautiful lens and excellent photos to go with the instructions. Congratulations on LOTD! :-)

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      It looks very well. I will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on LOTD.