This weekend I baked two apple pies for work. There are a lot of parties in my workplace and apple pie is something I love to eat – and that I can make look pretty.
I baked my first apple pie long after I met my husband. He had a random magnet with a recipe, and it’s simple and yummy. (Keep reading. The recipe is below.)
I like to switch things up by using my pie crust cutters to add pretty shapes. One of the pies started out as reindeer, and I changed to gingerbread men after the first circle of reindeer (they were just taking far too long to cut and cover the pie.)
The second pie has snowflakes on top. Each department was asked to decorate a table, and our table involves snowmen – so I’m taking the theme one step further into the pie.
You can find pie crust cutters at Williams-Sonoma. I have 3 sets (two are for fall and I love them and use them often!) Right now, you can also get free shipping at Williams-Sonoma. I highly recommend the pie crust cutters. And the Star Wars cookie cutters. I have them, but I haven’t used them yet.
Now you get the pie recipe:
Pastry ready to bake for a two-crust pie
6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples. (Roughly 6 apples.)
3/4 cup sugar
2Tbsp all purpose flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1Tbsp lemon juice
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients and toss lightly. Spoon into pastry-lined pan. Top with remaining pastry. (This is where I cut my top crust with the pie crust cutters and arranged them.) Press edges together to seal (unless you use the cutters to decorate.) Cut a few slits in top of pastry to vent. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
I baked it for about 35 minutes and it didn’t burn. And I obviously didn’t have to cut slits into the top crust.
**This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and as I was thinking of the pie and the pie crust cutters, I remembered the Williams-Sonoma free shipping deal. Nobody asked me to post this.
What is your favorite type of pie?
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I love that idea with the crust. I am TOTALLY doing that next time.
Betsy Mitchell says
Those are the funnest crust I’ve ever seen! Such a fun twist to the boring old pie crust.
Catherine S says
This looks really good. I have never made apple pie. I can’t wait to make this.
Shop with Me Mama (Kim) says
Oh my goodness, those little snowmen and snowflakes! How ADORABLE! I want to do that next time!
Just in time for the holidays! Looks so yummy…thank you!
The cutters are so cute. They really take an ordinary pie and make it something special.
I love, love, love the pie with the gingerbread men cut outs on it! That’s such a cute idea.
Liz Mays says
Oh my gosh I love these. Those snowmen are the cutest!
Nina Say says
Apple pie is my favorite! I love that you got creative with the crust. I’ve never seen that done before.
What a cute way to make your apple pies more festive! My favorite pie is pecan, especially the pecan pie my aunt makes!
What an adorable idea for a crust. I love the use of cookie cutters versus a traditional crust.
I’ve never really been a big pie person! I will have to give it another try this year.
Debbie Denny says
That is adorable. Love the little guys.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This is such a cute way to top a delicious pie. I will have to trey the snowflake pattern the next time i make a pie.
Rachel Ferrucci says
Love the pie crust cutters- My fave is the gingerbread men- I’m totally telling my mom to do this (You don’t seriously think I Bake pies!) LOL Congrats on your first one!
Wow that looks incredible. I love the use of cutters how creative and adorable!
I love apple pie and this is a great recipe. The pie crust cutters are genius.
Rachelle J says
Yum I love apple pie! The cute little shapes on top make it look so festive too!
Your apple pie looks tasty and so easy to make! I love how you did cut outs for the top layer instead of just laying the dough out. So festive!
Gabriel Bregg says
Creative minds must think alike – My wife did the cookie cutter crust on the pie that we had for Thanksgiving using leaf shapes. It gives a nice little decorative touch on a delicious pie.
I love the unique lattice work you did! I wish I had the patience to make a pic as beautiful as this!
Chrystal @ YUM eating says
I am loving those crusts. I have never attempted to make a pie crust like that. Sadly, I am not that brave. My pies never turn out well unless they don’t have a top like pecan or pumpkin.
Marina @ Mommy Snippets says
Apple PIe is one of my absolute faves. A la mode anyone!
christina aliperti says
The pies look absolutely amazing! The snowflake crust and gingerbread man crust ideas are so cute really make the pie look elegant.
Wow, I love all of those crusts! I don’t know if I’ve ever baked an apple pie…
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
I have a couple sets of William Sonoma pie crust cutters too… including a Fall set. I LOVE them, and have used them for anything from pie crust to cheese slices and bologna for my picky preschooler’s lunches! What an awesome idea for a pie crust topping. Thanks for sharing your Perfect Apple Pie Recipe at the Home Matters Linky Party! Pinned and shared.
~Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai