The Best Apple Pie… and So Easy Crust!

apple pie

There is not a lot of things I would sell my soul for….but this Apple Pie might be one of them.

I have always been a little intimidated by making pies because I feel like you can really screw up the crust, and its kind of a big investment, but after this pie I feel like a real expert mainly because of the following reasons:

1.)Its So EASY!

2.) You can’t screw up the crust! You don’t even roll it out, you just pat it in the tin! I now use this crust for everything! Even my pumpkin pies because it takes all of 5 minutes to throw together and throw in the pan and it turns out flaky and delicious every time!

3.) The crumb top is so easy, and makes the pie look like it came straight from the fair!

4.) It is SO EASY and SO Delicious.

One cool part about this pie is that you cook it in a brown paper bag. Yes. The same brown bag they ask if you want paper or plastic for at the store. So next time you are there, say, “One paper please!”. Grab some Granny Smiths, and get home to make this perfect pie. You will love it!

The Best Apple Pie- and Crust!

printable recipe

printable recipe with picture

This apple pie is awesome and so easy! One necessary item for the baking is a brown paper bag (the kind from the grocery store!)  The crust can be made in 5 minutes! No rolling involved, and turns out golden and flaky! The pie will be piled high with apples in the beginning, but will shrink down while cooking! Just FYI!

*Makes one pie!

For the Crust:

Mix Together:

1 1/2 cups white flour

2 teaspoons of sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

In a separate bowl mix together:

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons milk


Add liquid to flour mixture to make crust. Stir with a fork until well blended. Do not roll out, but “pat” into a pie plate evenly across bottom and sides ( I sometimes just dump the mixture into the pan and press it all together until its even), ruffling the top in a traditional manner if desired. \

For the Pie Filling

Peel and slice 8 large pie apples ( I love Granny Smith). Place into a bowl.


1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons Flour

Mix well together until apples are well coated. Place in pie crust. The apples will pile really high, but they will shrink down as they cook! The higher the better!

For the crumb topping:

Add Together:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

Mix together well with fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Sometimes I just use my hands and press it all together. . Place mixture on top of apples and press down. The apples will be piled high, but carefully put this mixture on and it will all turn out beautifully in the end…I promise!  Slide carefully into a brown paper grocery sack and staple ends shut (Yes! This is necessary so the pie top doesn’t burn!). Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 45 minutes! Remove from bag intermediately and cool.  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for perfection!:)

Recipe Source: Ronda Meldrum- My beautiful mother-in-law! I think this is one of the Bush family favorites!



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2 thoughts on “The Best Apple Pie… and So Easy Crust!

  1. Leonaed on said:

    what keeps the bag from catching on fire!!! yikes!!

    • I know! Its amazing! But it doesn’t! It actually keeps the pie from burning, and its not like there is a flame touching the bag! It is seriously the most perfect pie! And at least to my knowledge, in many years of family making it no bags have caught on fire!

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