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Crusty Apple Pie

Author: PJ Hamel

Crusty Apple Pie Recipe

Crust lovers, unite! This low-profile apple pie features a thin layer of cinnamon-scented apples between two flaky, sugar-topped crusts.

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At a glance

One 12" pie
Nutrition information


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  • 1/2 cup Baker's Cinnamon Filling mixed with 2 tablespoons water*
  • 3 medium-to-large fresh apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • dash of salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut in small cubes
  • *Substitute 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon for the Baker's Cinnamon Filling and water, if desired. If you use sugar and cinnamon, DO NOT ADD THE WATER.


  • 2 tablespoons coarse sparkling white sugar


  1. To make the crust: Put the flour in a bowl, or in the work bowl of a food processor. Add the cream cheese, salt, and buttermilk powder. Mix together until everything is evenly crumbly. If you're using a food processor, just a few quick pulses are all you'll need.
  2. Cut the cold butter into pieces and work it into the flour, leaving some visible pieces.
  3. Sprinkle the dough with the cold water and toss. Squeeze the dough to determine if it holds together. If it's too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time, using just enough so the dough will hold together.
  4. Divide the dough in two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. if you have a scale, one piece should be about 9 ounces; the other about 10 ounces. Flatten each piece of dough into a disk, wrap well, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.
  5. Remove the larger piece of dough from the refrigerator, and roll it into a 13" circle. Place it in a 12" shallow pizza pan, or onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. The parchment is there to catch any spills and simplify cleanup; if you don't have it, there's no need to grease your pan.
  6. Spread the Baker's Cinnamon Filling mixture atop the crust. If you're using sugar and cinnamon, simply sprinkle it evenly atop the crust.
  7. Spread the apples evenly atop the crust.
  8. Sprinkle the apples with a dash of salt, and drizzle with the lemon juice. Scatter the bits of butter over all.
  9. Remove the other piece of dough from the refrigerator, and roll it into a 12" circle. Place it atop the apples. Bring the edge of the bottom crust up over the top, pressing to seal. Make a decorative crimp, if desired.
  10. Brush the crust with milk, and sprinkle with coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired. To allow steam to escape, cut a dime-sized hole in the middle. Or use a small, decorative cutter to make cutouts at regular intervals around the crust. Alternatively (and most simply), cut several 1" slits across the top.
  11. Bake the pie in the preheated 425°F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375°F, and continue to bake for an additional 25 to 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and you can see some filling bubbling through the slits in the top.
  12. Remove the pie from the oven, and wait about an hour before cutting into wedges and serving.
  13. Yield: one 12" pie.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 piece (128g)
  • Servings Per Batch 10
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 330
  • Calories from Fat 170
  • Total Fat 19g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Trans Fat 0.5g
  • Cholesterol 50mg
  • Sodium 220mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 36g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 4g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.