Old Fashioned Apple Pie

Apples are one of my favorite local fruits to eat.  They are not quite ready yet, but I have created this recipe to be featured in the next Canadian Military Family Magazine.  It will be published in the fall, when apples are abundant and ready to be picked.  Feel free to print or save this recipe to be used when local apples are available in your region.

Unfortunately, apples do fall into the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list, according to the Environmental Working Group.  This means they have been tested high in pesticides.  For this reason, I recommend apples that are grown organically.  If you decide to eat apples that are not organic, at the very least remove the peel first.

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Old Fashioned Apple Pie


2 ½ cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. sea salt

1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes

Approximately ½ cup ice water

Mix flour and sea salt in a large bowl. Add butter and cut with a knife until it creates a crumbly mixture.

*Option: You may also use a food processor or pastry blender.

Gradually add ice water and form into a ball. Divide dough in half, flatten each piece and wrap in plastic. Chill for 2 hours or overnight.


8 apples, peeled and sliced

½ cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

In a small bowl, whisk maple syrup with cinnamon and vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll out dough on a floured surface and place bottom piece in pie plate or cast iron pan, cutting off edges to fit. Spread apple slices inside and pour in maple syrup mixture. Place top layer of dough, pinching edges and cut off excess dough. Insert vent holes with a knife.

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Bake for one hour.

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