Is it just me or does winter time make you want to cook all the sweet things too? I know that apple pie seems a lot like a fall dessert, but in my personal experience, I think apple pie is perfect year round. That being said, I am a bit of an apple pie snob. I only want it hot, straight out of the oven. We had a great Christmas party at work this year, but the apple pie was cold. I wasn’t even tempted to take a bite. (I suppose that is a good side effect haha!)
This particular recipe is one of the easiest and best pies you will ever make. So good, that you won’t have to worry about it getting cold at all. It will be gone before it can cool down. My mom found this recipe in Southern Living many years ago. Since that time, I have made it a lot, always to raving reviews. It makes a beautiful presentation and I love anything cooked in a cast iron skillet. I think that always makes it taste better. My sweet granny gave me the cast iron skillet that I am using in the photos, and it always makes me think of her when I use it. She seasoned it for me long ago and I will never part with it. If you don’t have one though, I will link you some good ones you can purchase. Everyone should own at least one! I use mine for cornbread, searing steaks, frying potatoes, and pretty much anything else you can think of too.
Super Simple Skillet Apple Pie Recipe:
- 4 pounds of apples, approximately 6-8 (I used Braeburn and Granny Smith)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 stick of butter ( I always use salted)
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 package of refrigerated pie crusts
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cut your apples into wedges and place in a bowl. Toss the apples with the cinnamon and 3/4 cup of sugar. Melt the stick of butter in the cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the brown sugar and cook until the sugar is dissolved, around 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and place one of the pre-made pie crusts over the brown sugar and butter. Fill the crust with the apples and top with the remaining crust. Brush the top of the pie crust with egg white and sprinkle with the rest of the sugar. Cut a few slits in the top of the crust for allow for steam. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes. The pie will be golden brown on top. You may want to place a pan underneath in case it drips. Let cool for 20 minutes or so and serve plain or with ice cream of your choice.
I think this apple pie is plenty sweet enough without adding anything else. But sometimes I do like ot add some vanilla ice cream. My dad used to like a basic icing made out of confectioners sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract on apple pie, but with this one, he probably just adds butter haha! I would love to know, do you like apple pie? What is your favorite way to eat it? If you end up trying this recipe, please let me know in the comments.
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