French Apple Pie for Thanksgiving

Jonathan loves my apple pies. His favorite is one I call French Apple Pie. I usually don’t do apple pie at Thanksgiving or Christmas because I think you should have something a little different than what I might make on a normal fall afternoon.  I read that apple pie is a good choice for the budget conscious. I’m not baking this year because we are traveling to family but I still thought I’d share my recipe. By the way, Jonathan has entered this in a couple of contests (on my behalf) and it won 1st place every time.  Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!

French Apple Pie

1- 9 or 10 inch pie crust

3/4 c. sugar

¼ c. all-purpose flour

½ t. nutmeg

½ t. cinnamon

½ t. allspice

6 cups thinly sliced apples (I like Jonathan apples but have used Red Delicious successfully).  While you slice and peel apples, toss them in lemon juice to prevent browning of apples. Remember to drain lemon juice.

1 T. Butter or margarine

Heat oven to 425.   Homemade or store bought crust will work.  Use a pie plate or pan.  Mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.  Sit in apples and toss well.  Turn into pastry into crust.  Dot with margarine and top with French apple topping below.  Bake for 50 minutes.


½  c. butter or margarine (firm, not hard but not softened)

1 c. all purpose flour

½ c.  packed brown sugar

Using a knife and fork or pastry cutter, mix together until crumbly.  Cover top of pie with mixture.  Bake for 50 minutes or until apples are soft.  NOTE:  Cover with aluminum foil the lat 15 minutes of baking .  Also – cover edges of pie crust with foil until last 15 minutes of baking to prevent  burning edges/crust.

Best served warm.  Allow to cool for an hour or more. 

 Easy to make a ten inch pie as well.  Just add an apple  and a bit more of each of the other items. 

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