Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Grandma Ople's Famous Apple Pie

Grandma Ople's Famous Apple Pie,
The Best Apple Pie I've Ever Made

With apple season in full swing, I decided to finally try an apple pie recipe I have been wanting to make for years, Grandma Ople's Famous Apple Pie. I am always on the search for great recipes to add to my recipe box and share with all of you, and this one's a keeper. This is the best apple pie I've ever made!

This pie can be found on allrecipes.com, it has 5 stars and hundreds of great reviews. Grandma Ople's Apple Pie is loved and cherished by many, and now my family too. This will be my go-to apple pie in the future, along with my Baked Apple Pie Tortilla Rolls. My family said it was the best apple pie they have ever had. It was the first real apple pie my youngest ever ate, she cleaned her plate and was asking for more.

Here are some of the great reviews. Be sure to head over to allrecipes.com to read them yourself:
"If I could give this more stars I would! This is 'Classic Apple Pie' taken to a whole new level of deliciousness. My husband and I loved it!"
"Thank you Grandma Ople, wherever you are! I've only attempted a fresh apple pie a few times, and they were always just mediocre. This recipe, however, turned out incredible!"
"I have been making this for Thanksgiving and Christmas for two years now and plan to this year. It was a huge hit every time it has been made!"
"I've made this pie twice now, exactly as written, my husband said its the best pie he's ever had. I have to agree!"
"What a wonderful apple pie recipe, I've made this about 4 times now and each time it's delicious and I get so many compliments!"

Many that have made the pie and left comments, stated they followed the recipe to a T and loved it. Others adapted the recipe just a smidge. I decided to take some of the suggestions and add a few extra ingredients (against one comment that said DON'T DO IT!), cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The end result was one fantastic pie! I plan on making this recipe again very soon, following the recipe exactly, without the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. I know it will be delicious and will be sure to update this post with the results. 

UPDATE, 10/19/2014:
I made the pie again this afternoon, following the recipe exactly, with zero changes...it turned out wonderful. I honestly can't decide which I like better, both ways are so delicious. My girls said they preferred the pie with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. For me, both are winners and you can't go wrong. If you are someone that has to have cinnamon and nutmeg (vanilla too), add them. I promise, no matter which way you make it, you will love this pie.

NOTE: When I share a tried & true recipe, I always credit the source and often will send you to the site for the directions. All you need to do is click on "Print Recipe" below and it will take you to the full recipe. One extra click for an awesome recipe, that's it! It's important to me to share the love and send you to the original source.

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

  • *1 recipe for 9 inch double pie crust, or store bought 
  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
I added the following suggested ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • few dashes of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract  (yes, tablespoon) and reduced the water by 1 tablespoon
Please head to allrecipes.com for the directions and a great step-by-step video.

My Tips
  • *Looking for a great pie crust recipe, try my grandma's - 9 Inch Pie Crust recipe, two crust pie
  • Before making the butter-sugar sauce, have your pie crust ready to go- apples in the pie plate with the lattice top already placed.
  • Many people suggested taking 3/4 of the sugar mixture and tossing the apples to coat before placing in the pie plate, then topping the remaining sugar mixture over the pie crust. I did not do this, I followed the directions and poured the mixture in the lattice openings. There is a great video provided that shows you step-by step how to make the pie and how to do the lattice for the top crust.  
  • Be sure to bake your pie on the middle rack of oven so it does not burn.   
  • Don't forget to bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes, THEN REDUCE HEAT to 350 degrees f and continue baking for 35-45 minutes.
  • This pie needs time to set, so it's best to wait before serving.

Thank you Grandma Ople, for such a wonderful recipe. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Yum I had store bought apple pie tonight very sad looking compared to that!

bearsbylauren said...

This is absolutely my go-to recipe for apple pie!

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

I have used this recipe from Allrecipes also, and get compliments every single time I make it. I have also made it by pouring the mixture right over the apples and then putting the 2nd pie crust right on top (not making it a lattice top) and cutting in vent holes. (Don't forget that turning the oven down piece after the first 15 mins.) No matter how I make it, people absolutely love it and always say it was the best apple pie they ever ate. Hope more people will now enjoy it through your post!!!!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Mary, I cannot make a pie crust to save my life, but that is the prettiest pie I have ever seen, so maybe I'll try again!

Mary N said...

It truly is the best apple pie....ever! Such a great find! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

Mary N said...

Wish I could have you over for a slice, Mel. One day..... xo

Mary N said...

I hope people will try this cherished recipe too, Chris - it's so wonderful. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing, especially your tips. This will be the only apple pie I make for now on! Best wishes to you!

Mary N said...

You are too sweet, Danni! Skip making the crust and use store bought....and make this pie!!! You and Sam will L.O.V.E it!!!! I promise. Hugs and love to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was just wondering if you could freeze the filling for a few days? Have you ever tried?

Mary N said...

I have never frozen pie filling, but it sounds like you can - here is a great post on it:

Cailey Gray said...

I made this pie today and it was delicious, but my filling was very runny and the pie didn't hold shape when I cut a slice. Any ideas as to what I did wrong?

Mary N said...

Hi Caile! This pie needs time to set, so it's best to allow it to cool before serving. Did you serve it soon after pulling it from the oven?

Jennifer S said...

Can this pie be made the day before Thanksgiving? And if so, should I refrigerate it or leave it out on the counter?

Mary N said...

Hi Jennifer! Yes, the pie can be made a day before thanksgiving. It doe not need to be refrigerated, but will last two days longer if it is. According to Betty Crocker, fruit pies without eggs, can be kept at room temp up to two days,and an additional two days longer if kept loosely covered in the fridge. Head here for storing pie tips: http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/baking-tips/storing-pies

Jennifer S said...

Great! Thanks so much. My almost 6 year old is so excited to help me make it, keeping our fingers crossed it will turn out as good as yours. :)

T. Tinajero said...

Tried and true IS the truth! I found this very recipe on recipes.com a couple of years ago and there is no turning back !! **now I can pin it =)

Anonymous said...

Baking now! Can't wait to have some!

Anonymous said...

This is about to come out of the oven and it looks and smells relish! I am taking it to my neighbors for New Years Dinner!

Anonymous said...

This apple pie was absolutely AMAZING! I LOVED IT! !PERFECTION is all I can say!

Johnna Batiste said...

I had the same problem! My pie set for about two hours. Does it need more time?

Anonymous said...

Paula Deans pie crust recipe is the best I have ever had and easy to work with!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! Its fabulous!
I use a good apple juice or apple cider instead of water.
And because I like a very thick pie filling I peel and shred (with a micro-plane) a whole apple into the sauce. and I add a 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of very finely ground pepper.

Anonymous said...

This is very similar to my mom's apple pie. I will have to try this one and compare!

Jett W said...

I LOVE this apple pie recipe! I used apple juice in place of the water called for in the recipe. I love how you poured the mixture over the apples. For my pie, I added apples to the mixture and let them cook for a few minutes. Family & friends love this pie. Great job! Now I need to bake one this weekend!!

Kori Pressnell said...

I've been making this recipe for years and always keep a few in my freezer. So yes, for those wondering about freezing it, I freeze the entire assembled (unbaked) pie. I flash freeze it, then wrap it real good in plastic wrap and foil. When you're ready to cook it, you'll want to bake it from frozen (thawed apples are mushy) at 350 degrees F until bubbly. I have several in my freezer right now for "emergencies" and also make them in personal sizes as well.

Barbara Doughty said...

love this recipe. i like to use cinnamon rolls as a crust also. make the cinn rolls. cut them like you are making cinn rolls. place them in a a circle like a flower. dust with flour and roll them flat like crust. line pie plate then add your pie filling. do the same with the cinn rolls for the top crust. when the pie is cool enough top with frosting. sooooo yum

Anonymous said...

I made this today and the taste is great essentially, but the butter/sugar mixture turned out very runny. I followed the recipe as instructed, even including the 3 Tbsp of flour, so I don't know that I did anything wrong... is it supposed to be runny? Either way, I just spooned it back on top after I cut it & served it, so no harm, no foul. Any suggestions, or is that how it's supposed to be? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Mary I saw a few recipes you posted and am going to try them. I am Larry and from So Calif out towards Palms Springs. A while back I found a recipe for batter pie crust and I Like it better than the traditional pie crust. I also cut my apples into small pieces
You should look on google for the all butter pie crust and try it. I think you will like it. If you will Email me at 1fsg@verizon.net when you try this.

M. Baron said...

Made this last night. I make pies, but I have thought I could never get a real handle on a good apple pie, till NOW! This recipe is PERFECT! Hubby loved it! I made sure I cut my apple slices small, so no undone apple pieces. And I took half the sugar amount & sprinkled it on the apples before adding them to the shell. I recommend this recipe to ANYONE!

Anonymous said...

Maybe try reducing the water? Some elevations have to bake differently, also. Test your oven's temperature accuracy with a hanging raxk thermometer. Mine is about 5-10 degrees low so I have to add that.

Ashley Smith said...

I've had this problem before, but I find if you dry the the apples a bit with a paper towel to get some of the moisture out, and then put them in the pie, I didn't have this problem again.

Casey Harris said...

If I were to make this tonight, should I reheat before serving for Thanksgiving tomorrow? How would I go about doing that? Oven temp? Time?

Anonymous said...

I tried making this and the mixture was very very thick, I followed the instructions and put in the right ingredients :( why?

Angie Forsythe said...

This is my favorite apple pie recipe ever! I made it for my family & new in-laws for our first ever Thanksgiving together. It is SO good!!


jp rollins said...

I made this wonderful pie for Thanksgiving for my son (and the rest of the family that was there...)I made a couple of changes, I boiled down a half gallon of apple cider until it was a THICK syrup then I tossed the apples in the syrup (I used sooo many granny smith apples my son said that the pie looked like it was 9 months pregnant...before it was baked) I also tossed in a couple of handfuls of Belgian pearl sugar with the apples. Covered the pie with the second crust and sliced it as if it were a lattice. I poured your caramel on top and sprinkled a few more TBS of the pearl sugar. Baked it (It took a little longer because of the quantity of apples), let it cool and everyone loved it!!!