dylann's apple pie: a recipe

The holidays just aren't complete without warm, homemade desserts. Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, flakey pastries. The harsh chill of winter is mellowed out by the glow of ovens, filled with delicious treats. Our winters certainly aren't cold where I live, but I definitely remember what it was like. It's hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it's 90 degrees outside. However, there are a few things we can do to encourage our sentimentality of the season; baking festive goods is one of them. 

My sister makes a KILLER apple pie. Last week (for Thanksgiving), she created one of her masterpieces. The delicious scents that surrounded our kitchen during the time she spent in it made us all feel just a little bit more at home. It's so extravagantly amazing, I thought you might like the recipe. So, here it is; Dylann's apple pie: 

i n g r e d i e n t s:

(c r u s t)
2 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup butter or margarine 
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 tbsp cold water

(a p p l e  f i l l i n g  /  s u g a r  s a u c e)
8 apples
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup white or raw sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

i n s t r u c t i o n s:
(see below)

(1) mix flour and butter/margarine in a medium mixing bowl by cutting it with a pastry cutter until it forms small balls.
(2) add remaining crust ingredients into the bowl and mix. 
(3) roll dough out into two equal-sized circles and set one into pie pan so that it fits snugly (2nd circle will be used for topping). cut off excess dough with a knife. set aside. 

(4) melt the unsalted butter and flour (from the sugar sauce ingredients) in a saucepan. stir in the flour to form a paste. add the water, cinnamon, white sugar, and brown sugar; bring to a boil. then, reduce the temperature and let simmer.
(5) skin, de-core, and slice the apples. then, add to the pie pan on top of the bottom crust layer. 
(6) make a lattice with the other circle of crust. cut it into equal strips and weave together on top of the pie in an under-over pattern.
(7) pour the sugar sauce over the pie. pour it gently and slowly, so that none of it runs off the top.
(8) bake in the oven at approximately 350 degrees until the apples are soft and the crust is a golden brown.

Happy December, folks! 

Do you have any favorite treats for the holidays? 


  1. The photographs are absolutely gorgeous!! I love their cool, modern mood. :)