In 2012, while my husband was stationed in Twin Falls, Idaho on a recruiting assignment, I decided to make my first homemade apple pie for a Thanksgiving dinner we would be hosting. I knew the pie was something my husband and my father-in-law would really enjoy. My husband and I also invited over other recruiting families who couldn’t go home for the holidays.
Since I was away from my family and I didn’t know where to start with a homemade apple pie, I called my Aunt to ask about her recipe because I remembered it being a favorite growing up. I found out it was actually my Grandmother’s recipe. Not only that, it had won many blue ribbons at the county fair.
When it came time to make the pie, I made the recipe my own by mixing ingredients from my Grandmother’s blue ribbon pie recipe and Emeril Lagasse’s pie crust recipe. To this day, my husband says it’s the best Dutch apple pie he’s ever had! It also happens to be a favorite of my father-in-law. Winning!
Every year since 2012, my husband and I make this pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m not very good at rolling out pie dough, so the dough rolling is his responsibility. He also helps with adding the apple filling and baking of the pie. I feel fortunate to have a husband who actually loves to be in the kitchen! Our holiday meals are mainly made by him. My holiday meal cooking contribution consists of two pies–the Dutch apple pie and another family favorite.
For the three years we were in Twin Falls, Idaho, we shared Thanksgiving with the same recruiting family. This year I made the pie while we were living in Chattanooga, Tennessee (my husband’s second recruiting assignment). We were lucky to share the holiday with a different recruiting family this year and we shared this pie with them. This pie is really simple to make even though it’s a little time consuming, it’s so worth it! I wanted to share the recipe for others to enjoy.
Dodge’s Dutch Apple Pie
Pie Crust Ingredients:
Follow Emeril Lagasse’s recipe
Pie Filling Ingredients and Steps:
4 large Granny Smith apples peeled and thinly sliced
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour into pie crust
Crumb Topping Ingredients and Steps:
½ cup sugar
¾ cup flour
1/3 cup butter (cut into chunks)
Crumble together to resemble coarse crumbs. I use my hands to mix.
Sprinkle on top of apple filling in pie crust.
Place tinfoil around the edge of the pie crust so it doesn’t burn while waiting for the crumb topping to brown.
Bake pie at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crust browns (about 20 minutes).
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Posted by Rachael Dodge, NMFA Volunteer