When life gives you apples… make pie!

Baking an apple pie has always been a must have on our Fall Bucket List. I’ve always pictured taking a drive on a beautiful, crisp Fall morning and go apple picking. Then bring our pickings home and bake a beautiful pie. Can you picture it? Now fast forward that amazing picture to this morning. We live in Phoenix. It’s hot. The closest apple orchard to us is 3 hours and 15 minutes away in Wilcox.


We were just not feeling the drive. It’s been really busy here in the Wilson household, as we are putting our house on the market in a few weeks and it’s been a lot of preparation and packing rooms. Nick had a “hankering” for apple pie. So it’s a good thing it was on our list! I really, really wanted to go apple picking but it just wasn’t gonna work. So we went to the next best place to pick apples. The grocery store! I mean it was literally perfect. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the selection.

Take a look at our adventures! 

I mean, Nick picked some amazing apples. I couldn’t have been more proud. It was apple picking at its finest! Now time to bring our findings home and bake us a pie!

Now, I could sit here and tell you that this recipe is really easy to make. But it’s not. I could also tell you that your kitchen is not gonna look like a tornado ran through it. So I won’t. I could also tell you that baking a pie with a 9 and 10 year old is an amazing bonding experience. Ha! Yeahhhhhh we’re not gonna go there. BUT! What I am gonna do is give you the recipe, and you can decide for yourself!

Pie Crust:

1 Cup of flour

1/2 Teaspoon of salt

6 Tablespoons of Butter

4 Tablespoons of ice cold water


•Mix flour and salt together

•Add butter, use hand mixer to mix flour and butter into crumbles.

•Add water until dough forms


Pie Filling:

7-8 green apples

1 stick of butter

3 Tablespoons of flour

1/4 cup of water

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of white sugar

a heap of cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon of vanilla



• Set oven to 425 degrees

• Core, peel & slice apples

• Heat up stick of butter in a pan. Add in flour. Mix. Add water and the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well. Take the mixture and pour on the apples. Stir. Pour apples onto the crust. I latticed the top crust and put an egg wash on top and sprinkled white and brown sugar on top.

• Cover the top loosely with tin foil. Heat up at 425 for 10 minutes then lower to 350 for 50 minutes. For the last 10 minutes take off the tin foil and let the top brown.

•Let cool and enjoy!

If my lattice was prettier, it would’ve been the perfect pie! But that’s what you get when you have the kiddos help 🙂

All in all this was a really yummy recipe, even though it wasn’t the easiest, I definitely suggest making it! Have Fun!!


About The Author

Tiffani Wilson

Hi! We’re Nick and Tiffani! Just your average parents trying to raise a child on the spectrum as well as his Neurotypical bro. Here you will get a little bit of everything … Travel, DIY, Recipes, Special Needs Parenting and everything in between! Thank you for taking the time to read up on some of the craziness that ensues our home!


  1. Stephanie | 18th Sep 17

    Oh that pie looks so good! Luckily I have some apples lying around! Need to try this. Thanks!

  2. Kelly | 18th Sep 17

    Looks like a blast, thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. Katerina | 18th Sep 17

    This looks delicious!!!! I should try this recipe

  4. Cait Weingartner | 31st Oct 17

    “Imperfect lattice” or not, I think your apple pie looks incredibly delicious! I’m definitely going to try your recipe, and I am super excited by the tip of using a hand mixer when making the crust. I’ve never had much success in making a tender, flakey crust, but maybe that’s because I have always used a fork or pastry blender. I can’t wait to see if the mixer makes a difference!

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