Don't get intimidated about making an apple pie, or any pie for that matter. It's almost impossible to screw it up. It's fruit and sugar and a buttery crust. Pies are a lot easier to make than our brains convince us sometimes. I prepared this Fantastic Apple Pie with Butter Crust with my Thanksgiving Series in mind, but it's a staple in our house throughout the fall and winter. More on that in a minute.
Thanksgiving: the one time a year you cook a turkey!
Welcome to my Thanksgiving Series! This is a feast I made for about $95 and it serves 8-10 people. You’ll probably still have some leftovers too! I bought a whopping 19 ½ pound turkey and economized as much as I could to keep this under $100. I know staying on a budget is important. This is my first Thanksgiving as a food blogger and I hope to add new Turkey Day recipes each year. The dinner here is a budget-friendly, beginner-friendly option.
All the Thanksgiving Series Essentials:
- Thanksgiving Turkey & Gravy
- Fantastic No-Frills Mashed Potatoes
- Easy Pepperidge Farm Stuffing with Apples & Celery
- Steamed Brussel Sprouts w/Toasted Pine Nuts & Bacon Bits
- Sautéed Butternut Squash with Caramelized Leeks & Thyme
A Big Pie with a Little Secret
Let's not make apple pie complicated, okay? I know there are a lot of people out there insisting you do it a certain way. I like to keep things simple, but create one little flavor mystery. Most apple pie recipes involve apples, sugar and cinnamon. That is pretty standard. I like to add a bit of cardamom to my pie as well. I think it gives it a flavor boost that you know is there, but you can't put your finger on what it is. It's just a fantastic addition to the flavor profile and aligns well with the sugar and cinnamon.
You Can't Go Wrong with Laura's Butter Crust
This apple pie wouldn't be this apple pie without my friend Laura's butter crust recipe. There are so many variations when it comes to making crust - for pie and quiche. This butter crust has never let me down. A little less sugar if using for a quiche, a little more if using for a fruit pie. Whenever I have made this crust, rave reviews follow.
It's butter. So you know that going into it. A lot of butter. It ain't called a butter crust for nothin'.
I've tried many ways with pie crust. I made it with half the butter of this recipe. I've used all Crisco. A combination of butter and Crisco. I even tried lard a long time ago, as well as a combo of butter and lard. But my taste buds always wished I'd made Laura's butter crust. To me, it's the absolute best butter crust you can make. Hands down.
If you've never made an apple pie don't sweat it. You can follow along with my video. It's very easy and I'll be with you every step of the way. Enjoy the apple pie!
Oh, and now that you have the cardamom, there's no excuse. You simply must try my Cardamom Chicken Thighs with Coconut Raisin RicePrint