Grandma Frances’ apple pie

You will need a 9 inch pie dish or 10″ if you have one.

The apples need to be Granny Smith or Pipen…GREEN apples only. Or Green Gravensteins from So County in July and August only. No mushy apples, ever!!!!!  Must be tart for a good pie. Don’t waste your time with any other apple..

Peel 7-8 large green apples.  Slice thinly….this is the key to my good pie.

Buy Betty Crocker pie mix in the baking section…in a box…usually comes with two pie crusts.

Make them both…one for the bottom and one for the top.  So much easier this way.  They are good.  I have used them.

After slicing apples, lay them in an orderly fashion on top of the bottom pie crust. Fill the pan.  While cooking, the apples will sink.

Then sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon on top of them, along with about 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Taste the apples.  If they are really tart…..add a little more sugar.

If they have NO taste/bland……go to Trader Joe’s and buy in a jar the Trader Joe’s Gravenstein Applesauce from So County!  It is usually next to the peanut butter section. Spread half the jar on top of the apples.

Then slice another 1/2 cube of butter….very thin pieces and place ontop of the apples.

Put top pie crust on top of whole thing and pinch edges along the rim of the pie.

Then make knife slices on top to let the steam out……about 1 inch long with a knife on top of the crust…all over the top….about 10 of them.

Cook in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  Put timer on.  This gets the browning of the crust going.

Then lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees for the other 45 minutes.

It should be done in an hour.  If you sliced the apples thin, it will be done.

Let cool on a rack. YUM!!!!  Serve warm…..never hot! Vanilla ice cream is good with it, of course.

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