Posted by: angelnorman | September 16, 2008

Recipe: Apple Pie, Squared

*You will need a greased 8×8 baking pan for this.

This recipe will come in two parts. First, I will tell you how to make the homemade pie crust. Then we will discuss the filling 🙂 You can skip this first step if you are using premade dough.

Double Crust Pie Dough (this also makes enough dough for a lattice top, if you prefer that)

2 cups all purpose Flour
1/2 tsp salt
6 T cold margarine, cut into chunks
6 T cold all-vegetable shortening, cut into chunks
About 5 T water

1. Begin my combining the flour and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Throw in the chunks of butter and vegetable and using your fingers, break up the pieces while working them into the flour until the largest pieces of dough are pea-sized.
2. Add a tablespoon of water at a time to the flour mixture, and stir with a fork until evenly moistened. The recipe I used called for 6 T of water originally, but I found that I only needed 5.
3. Divide the dough in half. Gently pound each half into a flattened disc shape for easier rolling later, and wrap in saran wrap. Place in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes, or until slightly firm.

Apple Pie

5 medium to large apples of your choice. I used red ones, you may prefer Granny Smith. You’ll need about 6 cups of thinly sliced apples.
3/4 cups white sugar
1 T butter
1 T ground cinnamon
a dash of allspice

1. Wipe, core, peel, and quarter the apples. Thinly slice them and set them aside.
2. Combine cinnamon, sugar, and allspice in a bowl.

Back to the dough for a second! Roll out your chilled dough into two 8×8 squares. Place one square into the baking pan, making sure to cover the bottom of the pan fully.


3. Layer the apples onto the dough-lined pan and sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on each layer.
4. Dot the top layer with butter, then cover the apples with the top dough. (If youw ant lattice to, simply slice your dough into strips.)
5. Place on the lowest rack in a oven preheated to 450. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 and bake for 30 to 35 minutes more.

Serve warm or let cool.



  1. Hmmm… I might just make this without the dough. I have a tree full of apples and I don’t want them to go to waste.

  2. Mandy: Yes, yes. It makes a great snack, and also a really good topping for ice cream 🙂 Also, if you wanted to skip the “pie” and put the apples in a baking dish and cover with old fashioned rolled oats, you could make a very quick Apple Crisp. Martha has a really good recipe for one (it’s my fave… and it’s really easy, it just takes an hour or so to cook through!) if you’d like to make the non-quick “cheater’s” kind 🙂

  3. Sweet. Better go apple pickin’ tomorrow then!

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