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Clara's Apple Pie

Clara’s Apple Pie
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  • Double Crust for a 9-inch Pie
  • 2 cups King Arthur flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water (more may be needed, depending on the weather)
  • 2/3 cup Crisco
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • 6 to 8 Baldwin or other good cooking apples (depending on size)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar (depending on tartness of apples)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. Remove 1/3 cup of this mixture and put in a small bowl; add 1/4 cup cold water and mix with a fork.

Combine remaining mixture with Crisco, rubbing together with hands until mixed. Combine wet mixture with dry until it forms a ball. Divide dough in half on floured board. Roll out bottom crust.

Peel and thinly slice apples. Add sugar and spices, mixing with hands until well combined. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry and add half the apples. Press down to remove air pockets, then add remaining apples and press down firmly again.

Roll out top crust from other half of dough. Wet edge of bottom crust and place top crust over filling. Fold top edge under bottom edge; seal well. Press down again to remove remaining air.

Cut vents in top crust and brush with cream. Bake at 400 degrees F, 1 hour or until apples are soft.
Updated Thursday, June 6th, 2002

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4 Responses to Clara’s Apple Pie

  1. Linda J. Hall August 10, 2003 at 9:04 pm #

    Instead of Baldwin apples I prefer Granny Smiths. No other changes.

  2. marita thompson October 18, 2005 at 12:30 pm #

    I got this exact recipe out of an old Yankee magazine 12 or more years ago and have used this recipe since. The only thing different is in the original recipe, the apples recommended were Cortland and Baldwin and the type of pie pan recommended was an agate pan.

  3. Joanna Daneman June 8, 2008 at 9:29 pm #

    I cut this out of the original issue of Yankee years ago and it was by far the BEST apple pie I ever made. I use Cortlands; we don’t have Baldwins and Grannys are too dry, in my opinion.

  4. Theresa Perry October 29, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    This is my Nana’s Apple Pie recipe! I still make it on occasion. My daughter and I went apple picking last month and came home and made a couple pies. A lot of work, but well worth it! Thank you for keeping her recipe out there!

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