Heirloom Apple Pie

This recipe celebrates all that is good about fall apples and is truly apple forward. No fancy toppings or flair, just good apple pie. Enjoy this recipe with a mix of the best heirloom apples you can find and a scoop of homemade ice cream.
Photography By D. Lucas Landis | September 04, 2015


Yield: 1 pie  |  Serves: 8

Preheat oven to 425°. Place the apples in a bowl and add the cornstarch, sugar, salt, almond extract and the cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired. Mix with a wooden spoon or a spatula. Pour filling into piecrust and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375° and bake for 20–25 minutes. Allow to cool, then serve.

From Gary Wesolowski
at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm

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  • 2½ pounds heirloom apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2–3 drops almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg, optional
  • 1 (9-inch) piecrust
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