Ask Chef Mom: Apple pie basics

Oct 21, 2010 at 12:42 p.m. ET

Do you have a question about cooking or planning meals for your family? Chef Mom is here to help! This time, she gives a roundup of tips for making a great apple pie.

The question:

Dear Chef Mom: I'm trying to make an apple pie and I have never done it before. Could you help me out please?

Chef Mom says:

Apple pie

An apple pie is a great place to start your pie-making experience! Not only are they delicious, they're extrememly versatile. In addition to the many different kinds of apples out there, apples combine perfectly with other fruits and toppings.

Some of our favorite apple-based pies include Baked Golden Delicious Apple recipe, Apple Crumb Pie, Virginia Real Whiskey Apple Pie, Caramelized apple pie, Double-crust spiced apple pie and Mile-High Apple Pie. All sound so delicious, they make apple piethievery a real possibility.

Apple varieties recommended for pies include Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Empire, Fuji, and Jonathan, according to the Virginia Apple Growers Association. 

>> Read more: Types of apples and how to use them

As for making your pie, we talked to a real mom chef, Brenda Hyde from She said, "I would suggest that you use premade crust, first of all. You can buy squares of it and then unfold it and press it into your pie plate. This is the most intimidating part of pie making and this way you can work on fillings first then crust later." Brenda also offered this great recipe to try: 

Mom's Apple Pie

Serves 8


1 premade pie crust
1 egg white, beaten
5 1/2 cups fresh, peeled, sliced cooking apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. each nutmeg and salt


3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar and packed brown sugar
1/3 cup margarine


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place crust in pie plate and gently push into place. Cut extra off and then use fingers to press the crust evenly along the top edge of the pie plate. Brush crust with egg white. Bake on cookie sheet until light brown; about 5 minutes. Remove from oven. In bowl, combine apples, lemon,sugars, flour, spices and salt. Mix well; spoon into crust. Combine topping ingredients until crumbly and place evenly on pie top. Bake on sheet for 50 minutes or until filling is bubbling. Serves 8.

Good luck!


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