24 January 2012

Deep Dish Apple Pie

There's nothing like a home baked apple pie. It oozes comfort in every sweet bite.  I'll be honest, I love baking desserts.  Pies, cakes, cookies ... it doesn't matter.

I used to be afraid to even attempt making pastry but now that I've been doing it awhile, it's really not difficult at all.  It might not always look so pretty, but it always tastes great.  For a nice flaky pastry, I use lard and the Tenderflake® recipe has never failed (click here for pastry recipe).

Deep Dish Apple Pie

6-8 medium cooking apples (MacIntosh, Spy or Cortland) - more if you want a higher pie
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tbsp butter

Prepare pastry for a two crust pie.

Peel and core apples, then slice thinly.  Mix with above ingredients (except butter) and pour into unbaked deep dish pie shell.  Dab the top of the filling with a tablespoon or two of butter then top with crust.

Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350 F and bake for approximately 4o minutes or until filling is cooked.  (Tip ~ To keep your pie crust from overcooking, cover it lightly with foil after 20-30 minutes.)

Serve still warm with vanilla ice cream.

Are you wondering why you're seeing so much food photography on my blog lately?  No, it's not a new passion.  I've actually been photographing food for several years but the photos rarely came out the way I wanted them to.  Mostly, it was due to bad lighting.  My kitchen is dark, and even though I had lovely under the cupboard lighting installed about a year ago, it's still dark - unless you're right under the lights, which is great for cooking but not so great for photos.  Now that I have studio space, I can haul everything into the studio with my oh so wonderful natural light!  So, yes, you will be seeing more food - a lot more food - along with my usual country inspired photos.  Besides, food is country, right??


  1. Beautiful photography. That apple pie is making me very hungry. I'm glad that you have a studio where you can take these amazing photos!

  2. I love making pastry, I just don't make it very often because I am usually the one who ends up eating it and you food images are beautiful, personally food one of my favorite subjects :)

  3. I'm a passionate baker of pies, cakes, cookies, and bread, but my food photography just isn't up to par. My mouth is watering. Love the simple styling and the delicious photos.

  4. Oh yum, I haven't baked a pie in quite awhile, warm apple pie and ice cream, can't beat it. Your food photography is wonderful as I lick my lips ready for a bite of pie.

  5. Your pie looks delicious, Lynda! And your photos look wonderful too...so nice and bright :)

  6. OMG...that pie looks amazing. Your photos are gorgeous Lynda!

  7. Your presentation is wonderful. But I can't talk now, I am busy eating!

  8. Beautiful pictures! I now want to skip dinner and go straight to dessert!

  9. YUMMY! This reminds me that I've not made apple pie in a looong time. We've been trying to go sugar-less here... so this doesn't help, Lynda! ;o) LOL... But loving the all food photos and recipes. Your food pics are magazine quality...fabulous! Happy Days ((HUGS))

  10. I was looking for your comment button and had a hard time finding it..Silly me..I just got new glasses too! LOL! This pie looks so yummy.. and those lemons in your current post..Wow, look at how yellow they are! Cant wait to see what you do with them..
    Hugs my friend..

  11. Lot's of good food on your blog, Lynda! I love a good apple pie! In fact I'm thinking I might have to make one now that I see yours.

    Sending out healing thoughts to your mom. It sure isn't easy when our parents aren't feeling well. The push and pull we feel can be exhausting. Take care of yourself too!



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