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Rustic Apple Pie

Oh, my gosh!  If you’re visiting today, you are so lucky!  Today, I get to share with you, my award-winning Rustic Apple Pie recipe!  I entered it into a pie contest last year and won first place with it!  Woot woot! Now, don’t get too excited though!  Let me explain.  This pie contest was at the town farmer’s market and there were 5 entries.  I don’t even remember what the competition was now but there was competition.  I wasn’t the only entry.  And it was determined by the public voting so I didn’t rig the results in any way.

It was only the third time in my whole life that I’ve won some type of contest!  The first one was when I was 5 years old.  I won a coloring contest at the bank that my grandma worked at.  The second one was at the farmer’s market and it was for quick bread.  I entered a raspberry white chocolate quick bread.  I think that time, there were 3 other entries.  LOL

Rustic Apple Pie

And here are my trophies!  Someone laughed at me when I put them in my china cabinet so I had to explain that this was the first time I ever, EVER won a trophy, let alone 2!  Of course, I was going to display them, duh.  The boys display their trophies, why wouldn’t I?  I think the boys might have been secretly impressed that I won!  Just sayin’!  hehe

Now, as I tell you about the recipe, please keep in mind that I live in a small town and there were only 4 other pie entries, okay?  Don’t judge!

Ok, so here we go…  You start with a refrigerated pie crust (do I hear you laughing?).  Yes, I said, you start with a refrigerated pie crust.  Let it warm up on the counter while you make the apple filling.  I used gala apples because they were on sale but I also found this article that tells you which apples are best to bake with.  After you get the filling cooked, you pile it in the middle of the rolled-out pie crust, leaving about 1 to 1.5 inches around the outside.  Then you fold up the edges up and over around the apple filling.  Pinching and pleating as you go.

Rustic Apple Pie

Bake that baby off and voila!  You have my award-winning Rustic Apple Pie!  See, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or energy to bake an award-winning dessert!  I just proved that!  It just depends on how big of a prize or trophy that you’re going after!  LOL

(insert the playing of We Are I am the Champions in the background)

Just kidding!  My point is, you just never know until you try!  I really didn’t think I would win but looky there!  I have not 1 but 2 trophies to show for my effort!

TTYL!  Lori

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Rustic Apple Pie
Rustic Apple Pie
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 minutes 30 minutes
Rustic Apple Pie
Rustic Apple Pie
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30-35 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove pie crust from refrigerated to allow to come to room temperature.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the apples and lemon juice. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch mixing very well.
  4. Add the very hot apple juice to the pan and stir constantly until thickened. I warmed the juice in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray. Roll out the pie crust onto the parchment paper.
  8. Place the cooled pie filling in the center of the dough spreading it outwards leaving a 2-3” border. You can mound it up in the middle if you want.
  9. Gently fold the dough over the filling, pleating loosely and pinching to seal any cracks in the dough. You want the center to be exposed.
  10. Brush the dough with milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Recipe Notes

Not sure what kind of apples to get for baking?

Check out this page for some suggestions: Midwest Living - Great apples for baking

I used Gala because they were the least expensive.

Rustic Apple Pie

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