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My Best Decorative Apple Pie

Updated on November 27, 2013

If It's Apple Why Not Make It Look Apple

It's the season to enjoy the bounties of summer. The farmers markets are full of fresh off the tree apples and fruits of the vine. There's a beautiful array of colors and flavors for your family and guests to oooo and ahhhh over. This time of year brings out the best of pies. All sorts of Apples are in the markets to pick from and create your special Apple pie.

The variations you can use are many and you can refine a recipe to your liking. Make it yours and make it your special Apple Pie!

My Apple pie is simple but tasty and pretty. It makes a beautiful addition to the dessert sideboard. I'm going to share how I make it below.

Remember The Stories About Johnny Appleseed?

Well here is a bit of information about him; compliments of Wikipedia.

I personally find these details fascinating.

Johnny Appleseed (September 26, 1774 - March 18, 1845), was born John Chapman,he was an American pioneer and nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, and I'm sure we can thank him today for that.

He became an American legend while still alive, largely because of his kind and generous ways, his great leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples.

The popular image of Johnny Appleseed had him spreading apple seeds randomly, everywhere he went. In fact, he planted nurseries rather than orchards, built fences around them to protect them from livestock, left the nurseries in the care of a neighbor who sold trees on shares, and returned every year or two to tend the nursery. Many of these nurseries were located in the Mohican area of north-central Ohio. This area included the towns of Mansfield, Lucas, Perrysville, and Loudonville.[6]

More interesting facts about Johnny Appleseed can be found here on Wiki:

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Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower
Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower

Space saving for any buffet or side table setting.

Mud Pie Dessert Plate, 8-Inch
Mud Pie Dessert Plate, 8-Inch

These are just plain fun looking!

Squares 6" Dessert Plate, Clear, (Set of 10)
Squares 6" Dessert Plate, Clear, (Set of 10)

Clear and square 6" dessert plates will accent your dessert course.

Mixed Pie Crust
Mixed Pie Crust

You'll find some varitions to this pastry in this lens.


  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2/3 cup chilled Shortening
  • Cold water
  • approx 6 Tablespoons


  1. Sift flour, measure, add salt and sift again. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in half of the shortening until mixture resembles course corn meal. I've found that my food processor will also do this very nicely. Add the rest of the shortening and cut in again coarsely or until particles are the size of peas.
  2. Sprinkle water, 1 Tablespoon at a time over small portions of flour/shortening mixture pressing with a fork until they cling together, moving aside pieces and sprinkling water until all dry flour/shortening has clung together. Do NOT stir or mix just pressed together as you add the cold water. Keep pressing particles together as you add the water moving the parts that have clung together aside. Your mixture should not be wet or slippery. At this point you can press all together with your fingers or turn out on waxed paper and press to make a ball. Then chill the dough and prepare your apples.
  3. To prepare pastry use 1/2 of this recipe. It will make one 9 inch pie shell. Roll out on a lightly floured board. Roll into a circle approx. 1/8 th inch thick. It should be rolled 2 inches larger than the top of your pie pan, which you can turn upside down and lay on your crust to size. Once you have the proper size you can fold your pastry in half and then half again, place in your pie pan; unfold it and fit it loosely. Trim the edge leaving about 1 inch to hang over edge of pan. Put your apple filling inside your unbaked pastry crust, adding small pats, (a pat cut into 1/4's) of butter around top (about 4 pcs around top of apples) and proceed with the pastry that's left to make your top crust.
  4. This is where I decorate my Apple Pie.
  5. Place top crust over filled bottom crust and trim to 1 inch around. Crimp edges with fingers to make a scalloped decorated edge. Beat 1 egg with about 1/2 tablespoon of water until well beaten and somewhat frothy. Brush this egg mixture onto your pastry crust to cover, including scalloped edge. Roll remaining crust pieces flat and cut out and apple and leaves. Place apple, leaves and tiny stem pieces onto the center of your pie. Brush your pie crust decorations with egg mixture. I cut 4 half circle slits in the top of my crust around my decoration to vent the pie.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees on center rack in, preheated oven for approx 40 - 50 minutes. If scalloped edge starts to get to brown cover this area with pieces of tin foil to reflect the heat. Test your pie through the vent slits with a fork to see if apples are done. The fork should slide through them easily and find no resistance.
  7. Remove your pretty pie from oven and cool on a baking rack. It will have a beautiful lightly brown glossy appearance from the egg wash. Enjoy with ice cream or whipped cream.
  8. Some people like a slice of apple pie in a bowl covered with milk or cream.
Cast your vote for The Pastry First

A Variation To Your Pastry

You can add interest to your pastry by adding 2/3 cup of ground pecans, walnuts or black walnuts. This is great for your butterscotch or chocolate cream pies!

Want Another Idea

Decrease your shortening to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese. Good with an Apple filling.

A Twist To Your Pastry And Spice It Up!

Sift 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of ginger and 1/4 tsp of cloves with your pastries flour and salt. This spicy pastry is GOOD with a apple pie filling or how about that buttermilk pie.

The Apple Filling - No Pie Is A Pie Without A Filling

  • Sugar 3/4 to 1 cup
  • Flour 1 to 2 Tablespoons
  • Cinnamon 1/2 to 1 tsp or to taste ( I like to use 1 tsp.)
  • Nutmeg 1/4 tsp optional
  • Salt 1/8 th tsp.
  • Apples peeled and sliced thin 4 - 5 cups
  • Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon optional
  • Butter 1 Tablespoon cut into 1/4's for top of apples.


  1. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Spread 1/2 of this mixture over pasty lined pan. Add apples and sprinkle remainder of mixture over the apples. You can also just mix the mixture in with your prepared apples and pour into your prepared pie crust. Top with butter pats and cover with your top crust.
  2. Next add your prettiest apple pie crust decoration I've described above, at the bottom of the pastry recipe.

A Bit Of Back Ground About Apple Pie

Thank You Wiki

The English colonists had to wait for their apple pies since their seedlings had to be brought in barrels across the Atlantic and then also they waited for those seedlings to become fruit bearing trees.

While the colonists waited they made their pies from meats called pasties. Once available the main use for apples was for cider. But there are American apple pie recipes, both manuscript and printed, from the eighteenth century, and it has since become a very popular dessert.


One of the readers on this page recommended a tiny bit of vinegar in your pie crust makes it very flaky.

I haven't tried this but you might like that idea.

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    • Mommie-Moola profile image


      5 years ago

      I'll have to try adding cheese to the pastry - that sounds really good!

    • LadyCharlie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @jimmyworldstar: Thank You...I love pumpkin pie and have made it from scratch including cooking the pumpkin. Thank you for the idea!

    • Rangoon House profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      A smile on everyone's face would be the best Easter Blessing yet!

    • krakensquid profile image


      7 years ago

      Looks great!

    • KhairuZiya profile image


      7 years ago

      very informative, thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      I'm more of an apple cider man than an apple pie guy. You have some great recipes and background on how apples came to America. You should do one on pumpkin pie next!

    • LadyCharlie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: Hi and thank you for your comment. You asked if I draw the apple design? I take a paring knife and simply cut out the apple and leaves from the pastry that's left over. Then I brush my crust with the egg mixture and lay the apple in the center of my prepared pie along with the leaves and bake it all together. Best Wishes!

    • Scotties-Rock profile image


      7 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Beautiful Apple Pie! I love apple pie. Great lens.

    • Johanna Eisler profile image

      Johanna Eisler 

      7 years ago

      Apple pie is my all-time favorite! It's great that it made the front page! That little apple on the top of the pie is beautiful! Did you draw it yourself or did you have a pattern? Thank you for the wonderful lens!

    • Northwestphotos profile image


      7 years ago

      Crust recipes with a just a little vinegar in them make the flakiest pie crusts too.

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      7 years ago from Kansas

      I love your crust variations. Can hardly wait to make an apple pie using these variations for Christmas.

    • DLeighAlexander profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful apple pie ... and your ideas on pie crust are terrific! Yes I do remember Johnny Appleseed ... aka John Chapman. He is a relative, my grandmother's maiden name was Chapman and he was discovered in her family tree.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      7 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Great looking apple pie and recipe. I love apple pie!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I really want some pie now! Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      I love cheese with my apple pie, so I think that the idea of adding cheese to the crust is brilliant!

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      7 years ago

      Wow, you are an expert at apple pie making! I really liked your idea to add a "twist" to the crust with cinnamon & ginger. Sounds really good--and different! Thanks for all the work you put into this lens. I'm hungry now. :)

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      7 years ago

      enjoyed my visit to your lens tonight, wanted to eat this! squidliked it instead.

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      7 years ago

      What a cute idea to add a little personal touch to your pies! Blessed!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      I love apple pie. Yours is a beauty!

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      7 years ago

      Oh my but I sure do love apple pie ... grandma made the best!

    • LadyCharlie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: You are welcome and thank you for visiting my lens! Best Wishes

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      7 years ago

      I like apple pie, thanks for sharing this recipe!


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