Cinnamon Apple Pie

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This Cinnamon Apple Pie is so simple to make and for us, it’s the perfect apple pie recipe. Flavored with white and brown sugar, loads of cinnamon and maple syrup, the combination of flavors make this recipe a go-to pie recipe for me. If you need a basic apple pie recipe, this is it! 

This post is sponsored by The Arthritis Foundation, all opinions are my own. 

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A close up a big slice of apple pie with ice cream and cinnamon on top

 

Today I feel like a hero. I spent the weekend perfecting an apple pie recipe. Can you believe I don’t have an apple pie recipe on my site?

Truth be told, I am terrible with pie crust. I’ve tried dozens of recipes and even the fool proof ones don’t work for ME, they are either too wet or too dry. Well I’ve been making a lot more pies lately, a few of which have been blind baked, and I find the basic Crisco recipe is the easiest to work with.

A side view of a gorgeous slice of apple pie showing the layers of crust and apple pie filling

When I completed this apple pie, not only is the filling AH-MAZING, but the crust was so pretty too! I made my first lattice crust, and then used some mini cookie cutters around the edges to hide any of flaws in the crust.

Plus, my husband and I pretty much took down the whole pie by ourselves, so there’s that.

This Cinnamon Apple Pie will be my go-to apple pie recipe. Flavored with white and brown sugar, loads of cinnamon and maple syrup, it’s simply perfect.

A perfect slice of apple pie on an cream colored plate with a red rim

Let me tell you a little bit more about why I was making this apple pie, because it’s near and dear to my heart.

A few weeks ago, the Arthritis Foundation approached me to participate in their Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis campaign. With more than 54 million Americans living with arthritis, it’s no wonder that this has affected me personally.

The Let’s Get a Grip campaign is raising awareness to fund research to help find a cure for arthritis, because when you’re living with arthritis, everyday tasks become impossible to do.

An overhead shot of a lattice topped apple pie in a dark teal pie plate

I’ve seen my dad struggle with arthritis and it’s not easy. My dad is the type of man that never wants to slow down. He coached us in every sport, he played every sport he could until finally he couldn’t play anymore. He’s had both knees replaced and a new hip. Now he spends his time skiing and on the golf course.

My dad has arthritis in his hands (or thumbs really) and in most of his major joints, which is one of the reasons he had his knees and hip replaced. He’s the type of person that never wants to show weakness. I love him for that because I know he’s my rock.

When I talked to him about this campaign, and what recipe he’d like me to make, he suggested apple pie. He said it should be overflowing with apples, cinnamon and maybe with narrow cross hatched over the top, like the ones his grandmother used to make.

A close up shot of a lattice crust with cut outs of leaves and acorns on top

Well I thought to myself, it can’t be easy to make a pie with arthritis, especially if you’re making the crust by hand.

The arthritis foundation sent me a pair of simulation gloves, so I could get a first-hand experience of what it might be like to live with arthritis. The gloves make everyday tasks extremely difficult because living with arthritis can affect fine motor skills.

I was surprised to learn that 93% of Americans are not aware that arthritis is the leading cause of long-term disability. Personally, I haven’t ever thought about arthritis being a disability even though I’ve seen my dad work through it.

The Arthritis Foundation Let's Get a Grip campaign, food blogger Julianne from Beyond Frosting using the arthritis gloves to make an apple pie

The Arthritis foundation sent me a pair of their arthritis simulation gloves so I could experience the difficulties that those who suffer from arthritis go though. The gloves are bulky and difficult to move. It took all my hand strength to be able to peel and cut the apple, I couldn’t anything that required fine detail and small movements was near impossible.

I even tried to open my pop top containers with the gloves and it took me forever. I found myself leveraging my body to do these simple kinds of tasks. I honestly can’t imagine what it would be like to have these difficulties in my life everyday.

The Arthritis Foundation Let's Get a Grip campaign, food blogger Julianne from Beyond Frosting using the arthritis gloves to make an apple pie

After everything was said and done, I had to make a whole other pie to photograph and share with you today because it was impossible for me to make a “pretty pie” using the gloves.

I had the luxury of taking off the gloves when I needed to do things like crimp the edges of my pie crust, but that is not something you have the option for if you’re someone who lives with arthritis everyday.

The Arthritis Foundation Let's Get a Grip campaign, food blogger Julianne from Beyond Frosting using the arthritis gloves to make an apple pie

How to make this Cinnamon Apple Pie

  • Start by preparing two single size pie crusts. Use your favorite crust recipe, I prefer the classic Crisco recipe myself. You’ll need one batch for the crust and one batch to make the lattice topping.
  • After the dough has had time to set in the fridge, prepare the crust in your pie dish and place it back in the fridge while you’re prepare the filling.
  • For the apple, you’ll need 6 medium to large size apples. I used a mixture of green and gala apples to offer a little variety in taste.
  • Slice your apple into thin pieces, about 1/8” thick. Then toss the apples in the lemon juice.
  • In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients and then toss the apple in the dry ingredients. Make sure to get your hands in there and really work the dry ingredients in, tossing from the bottom to the top.
  • Finally, drizzle the maple syrup over top then pour your apples in your prepared crust. Cut the butter into 9 small pieces and distribute over the apples.
  • Next, use the second batch of pie dough to make the lattice on top. If you’re not familiar with how to do a lattice, do a quick search, there are plenty of great tutorials out there and it was easier than I thought! Brush the top of the crust with a simple egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Finally, use the leftover dough and some small, festive cookie cutters and cut shapes out of the dough. Place around the edges of the pie. It’s helpful to brush some of the egg wash on the back of each piece to help them stick to the dough.
  • Bake the pie at 400° for 15 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 350° and bake for another 30 minutes. Allow the pie to cool for a couple of hours before serving.

A gorgeous slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top and a big bite taken off the end

I even shocked myself with just how good this Cinnamon Apple Pie is, so I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you just how good it was.

If you have a couple extra minutes, join the Arthritis Foundation and me by visiting the  Let’s a grip on arthritis website to learn how you can join the #LetsGripArthritis movement, donate and learn more about living with arthritis.

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Cinnamon Apple Pie

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 slices

Description

This Cinnamon Apple Pie is so simple to make and for us, it’s the perfect apple pie recipe. Flavored with white and brown sugar, loads of cinnamon and maple syrup. If you need a basic apple pie recipe, this is it! 

Ingredients

  • 2 single pie crusts, dough prepared
  • 4 medium granny smith apples
  • 2 medium gala apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • Coarse sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare two single size pie crust dough. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Remove one crust from the refrigerator, roll and prepare the crust in your pie plate.
  3. Slice the apples about 1/8” thick and toss with the lemon juice.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients and then toss the apples thoroughly in the dry ingredients.
  5. Finally, drizzle the maple syrup over top then pour your apples in your prepared crust.
  6. Cut the butter into 9 small pieces and distribute over the apples.
  7. Next, take a large chunk of the remaining pie dough and roll it out into 10” long strips. Build your lattice.
  8. Brush the crush with the egg and then sprinkle with a coarse sugar (optional).
  9. Use any remaining dough and small cookie cutters to make cut outs of the pie dough and place along the edges of the crust. Brush the front and back sides with egg wash.
  10. Bake the pie at 400° for 15 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 350° and bake for another 30 minutes. Allow the pie to cool for a couple of hours before serving.

Notes

  • 2 single pie crust recipes are necessary if you’re making a lattice crust
  • My go-to pie crust is the classic Crisco recipe
  • You can use all granny smith apples, or another type of apple of your choosing
  • If you don’t have maple syrup you can omit it from the recipe
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