Easy Skillet Apple Pie

  • jims409 Posted: 09/08/11
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    My husband enjoys making hot sauce from peppers we grow in our backyard garden. This year, besides habaneros & jalapenos. He also grew the ghost chile pepper. When he makes his sauces, I vacate the premises. Coughing, sneezing, and crying are the norm as he blanches his peppers in vinegar. Recently, I noticed the recipe for Easy Skillet Apple Pie in the September issue of Southern Living and thought it would make a great dessert for our Bible group. The pie in the photo on page 101 looks delicious in a cast iron skillet. I decided to prepare the pie and it turned out perfectly. Or so I thought. The first people to receive their servings began making comments such as, “Wow, I have never eaten pie like this before” and “My goodness, this pie is spicy.” I was thinking, what is spicy about aoon of cinnamon, when it hit me. My husband had used the skillet to blanche his peppers! I took a bite and it exploded in my mouth. I began apologizing, but my friends kept on eating. HOT HOT HOT

  • JackieWinch Posted: 08/24/11
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    Mine looked just like the picture and it was so easy to make. The best part is that it was so delicious especially with the toffee on the bottom surprise. I used Trader Joe's organic natural sugar for the top and because it's in large crystals, it gave a professional and sparkly look to the pie that ordinary sugar just can't. My guests loved it and we didn't really need ice cream or whipped cream however I made my whipped cream with a touch of instant coffee granules and no sugar so it gives a slight espresso flavor. Although I love to make apple crisp, this was just as easy and better in my opinion. I used Marie Callander's crusts and they were fine. I'm going to share this with all my (out of town) friends. The locals will just have to come here for it! Even my pastry chef son will be impressed. Jackie Winch, Palm Springs CA

  • mgray5308 Posted: 08/28/11
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    I altered the recipe: instead of apples, I used fresh South Carolina peaches. I also added a cap full of pure cocoa bean extract. The cooking time was 45 -50 minutes. Delicious. Can't wait to try the fresh apples this fall.

  • JaniceCh Posted: 08/27/11
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    This pie was so simple to make and my family loved it! I would recommend this to anyone wanting a great apple pie recipe

  • agoudy Posted: 09/08/11
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    My husband, who adores apple pie, said that this pie was even better than a regular apple pie! The only alteration I made was to reduce the sugar in the apples to 1/2 cup, rathan than 3/4 c. I might try even less next time.

  • sparkie1957 Posted: 09/09/11
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    YUM!!!! The butter pecan ice cream really enhanced the flavor. This was a family favorite!!

  • Peppermtpatty Posted: 08/21/11
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    This was amazing and easy. It is delicious and again...EASY! I will never buy a frozen pie again!

  • TimmysWife Posted: 10/01/11
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    AWESOME! This was the best apple pie....everyone loved it. This will make an appearance for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I did add more cinnamon, however it was the BEST..

  • SharlotteHughes Posted: 08/26/11
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    Easy as Pie! Truly! It was so easy and it turned out just like the photo. I'm thinking that it would taste better with home made crust, but that would defeat the "easy" part. I have shared this link to the recipe with all my facebook friends. Follow up: We found the filling too sweet and too juicy. I think that halving the amount of sugar that is stirred into the apple pieces and draining all the dissolved sugar before adding them onto the bottom crust would help. We do like it though. :)

  • No Longer Registered Posted: 10/01/11
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    Absolutely the best apple pie! My husband who enjoys apple pie said it was the AWESOME! Did not change a thing!

  • nancyscooking Posted: 09/26/11
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    We tried this the first time few days ago, and the brown-sugar & butter burned during baking. We were so disappointed...then I saw all the 5 star ratings...and I tried it again today! I altered it to not "cook" the brown sugar in the butter, and just melted the butter took the pan off of heat, and added the brown sugar, mixed it well, and then proceeded with the top crust, apple mixture and top crust. I chose to use all granny smith...it turned out perfect and was truly worth trying it again. This will be my favorite pie now.

  • simigal5288 Posted: 08/29/11
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    I made this pie for my family & everyone (including me!) loved it. It was simply delicious. It was so easy to make and looked just like the picture in my Southern Living magazine! I used Trader Joe's frozen pie crusts. I had two issues: the (organic) brown sugar wouldn't dissolve in the melted butter so I added just a small amount of orange juice (only juice I had) and the sugar melted and formed a nice, rich caramel sauce. I also used only 1/2 C of the granulated sugar instead of the 3/4 C and added a 1/2 t of cinnamon to the sauce; the other issue was that some of the caramel sauce oozed out of the pan onto my foil covered cookie sheet while baking (I'm glad I used a cookie sheet under my pan). Otherwise, this apple pie was excellent, I served it with a good quality vanilla bean ice cream. I can't wait to make it again!! YUM!

  • Lollylou4585 Posted: 09/09/11
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    I have a question. Recipe says put first crust over the "hot" sugar mixture...doesn't tat melt the crust and make it mushy even after cooking? Is the bottom crust mushy or crisp after cooking? I'm about to make this pie and was concerned.

  • Emerald8703 Posted: 09/19/11
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    This pie turns out beatifully. I have made this four times and everyone has loved it. I've altered the recipe a couple of times. Used fresh pears and apple pie filling and didn't add anything else to the filling. The next time I did blueberries and strawberry pie filling. Also did blueberries and blueberry pie filling. Each time it came out perfect. This will be at the top of my dessert list for a long time!

  • ericaragin Posted: 09/10/11
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    My family loves apple pie and this was the best and easiest recipe that I have ever made. This recipe puts Mrs. Smith's apple pie to shame (sorry Mrs. Smith)! I used to use Mrs. Smith but always had to doctor it up with butter, cinnamon, a little lemon juice and vanilla for it to taste homemade. No more because I have a recipe that needs no doctoring up! Thank you Southern Living for such an awesome recipe.

  • HollieHawkins Posted: 09/18/11
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    Delicious! Added a dash of vanilla and nutmeg. Took to a dinner party, and it was a total hit! I've made it twice, once with Braeburn and once with Honeycrisp apples. Both worked beautifully!

  • bigalotbunches Posted: 10/17/11
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    This recipe was so easy and came out perfect. It looked just like the picture in the magazine! My guests gobbled it up with NO leftovers. Darn! I made it exactly the way it was written and it came out perfectly. I was skeptical using refrigerated pie crust and not from scratch, but it was dee-lish!

  • HoydSanders Posted: 10/03/11
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    As Forest Gump would say "I am not a smart man" however, it was not a great challenge for me to bake. Everyone loves it and want more. Looking forward our Family Thanksgiving when all the Children and Grandchildren come home. They all love Apple Pie. Will have a couple of these waiting.

  • LivParr Posted: 10/03/11
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    We made this last weekend and it was absolutely delicious!!! The PERFECT apple pie!! We enjoyed it sans ice cream and it melted in our mouths.

  • janiehoo Posted: 10/08/11
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    Wonderful! We loved it and thank you for sharing!

  • jenifferg Posted: 11/18/11
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    okay..this is the VERY FIRST apple pie i have made..and i followed the recipe exactly. I took the first bite and OMGosh!!!!!! this is absolutely THE BEST apple pie i have EVER eaten. So darn easy to make and everyone raved over it...just 3 days later my family is asking me to make another one! I was soooo proud! and to add the vanilla ice cream just adds more crazy sounds coming from everyone's closed lips as they munch away :D thanks for such a beautiful and yummy recipe..oh BTW it looked JUST like the pic.

  • PATRICIAJHENRY Posted: 11/26/11
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    I have to agree that this was the very best apple pie that I have ever tasted. Made for Thanksgiving dessert and received rave reviews. I do have one question regarding the carmelized layer on the bottom of the pan. I had no carmelization and I was dissapointed in that. I followed the directions to a tee, does anyone have any suggestions as to what they did to attain this wonderful sounding addition. I read all reviews and RuthBrittain also asked the same question but I noted that there were no posts responding to it. If you did get the carmelized layer would you share what you did to get that yummy sounding benefit. Thanks and happy baking!

  • 1srmasters Posted: 12/03/11
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    I have made this apple pie twice. Everyone loves it! I make the crust using a family recipe with whole wheat flour, and it's really easy (ww flour, baking powder, salt, shortening (I use butter) and water AND my KitchenAid mixer). I also use Splenda in place of the sugar and at least 4 different kinds of apples (Braeburn, Honeycrisp, granny smith and Fuji or Macintosh). I did forget to add alittle flour to the apples, so the filling wasn't as thick, but it was still delicious. I have a 12-inch pan, so had to increase the ingredients a little. The only problem I have is adding the bottom crust to the pan with the butter & light brown sugar mixture....it's so hot. I added half the amount of sugar too. I wonder if I should just skip this last part and only spray the pan with cooking spray, hopefully it will work.

  • delawaredeb Posted: 10/23/11
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    have made this several times to rave reviews (cut sugar to 1/2 c based on reviews). Wondering if I'm getting the intended benefit of the butter/sugar mixture that is placed under the crust. Once baked, I'm not sure it brings anything...is there suppose to be a crunchy or caramel-like layer on bottom? Am I not cooking long enough? or not letting cool enough? Just wondering if it is necessary (since that is tons of extra calories!)

  • RuthBrittain Posted: 11/12/11
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    What an incredible apple pie recipe!!!!!! Simple to make but tastes like you spent hours to make!!! LOVED IT...LOVED IT

  • debbysdelights Posted: 01/01/12
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    My husband said it was the best apple pie he had ever eaten, and I loved the fact that it was so easy. I have shared the recipe with all my friends and everyone that has tried it loves it. My husband requested it for Christmas dinner. Thank you for the recipe (~.~)

  • Hooper2 Posted: 11/25/11
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    There are very few recipes that you make in your kitchen which turn out exactly like the picture in the magazine. This is the second I've managed to duplicate. I did halve the butter and sugar under the bottom crust because I didn't want a really sweet pie but everything else was according to directions. I've made 5 already and they all look like the picture. I've been making apple pies for 45 years and this is the first I've made without making the crust from scratch; I'll still make mine on occasion but I have taken this one as a gift and everyone agrees that it's one of the best they have ever tasted. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

  • MissLaurieD Posted: 10/31/11
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    Wonderful recipe! I won 1st place in a pie contest this evening! :) I did reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup as suggested by several reviewers. I also drained the "juice" from the bowl before adding to the apples to the pie as suggested by SharlotteHughes. I used 1/2 Piipin apples and 1/2 Fuji and a homemade pastry for the crust as mandated by the contest. Beautiful appearance and great flavor. Thank you! :)

  • MahJonggMaven Posted: 11/03/11
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    So easy to make and the pie looked like the one on the cover. My guests raved over this pie. It was delicious. I've made many apple pies from scratch but this is the only one I'll make from now on. I still don't understand people who write a review for a specific recipe like this and go on about how they changed it by using different apples, peaches, sugar or no sugar. You DID NOT Rate or Review this particular recipe!! Why bother?!

  • brm12450 Posted: 11/25/11
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    I've made and ate my share of apple pies. This is the best ever. It was perfect, and with a mixture of different apples, it was delicious. The apples didn't collapse--the height of the apples was the same going in the oven as presented on a plate. The bottom crust was a little soggy but that's what makes it good. A bonus is that it looks wonderful on your thanksgiving table.

  • Favfoods2009 Posted: 11/11/11
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    OMG. This was the best dessert. I make my pies from scratch. This was quick and easy. Everyone loved it.

  • TroyStateMom Posted: 01/10/12
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    This pie tastes wonderful and is very easy to make. I would have liked the "juice" to be thicker. Any ideas on how I can make that happen, anyone??

  • carsonish Posted: 12/30/11
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    There is nothing healthy at all about this - and that is why it has been made 2 times in a week! My father made this for Christmas and when we got home I made it for my mother. The second time I made it I used a deep dish stoneware pie pan and it still worked. Will make it again! As for the 'bottom crust' concerns, I don't think it is supposed to be a crust. I think it is just a 'thickener' type of thing.

  • kittybell Posted: 01/28/12
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    Easy and delicious. I've made this one several times with a few tweeks along the way. When I cooled it on the countertop, I got the carmalized bottom. Cooling it on the rack (as suggested) juicy bottom. Allowing it to sit (if you can wait) gives it a thicker middle. Wonderful either way.

  • HarryA Posted: 10/09/12
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    I have learned the hard way to cover the crust the first 30 minutes or so. Otherwise someone burns his hand. We make this pie recipe half the time we bake an apple pie, The other half we bake our family recipe pie. Everyone likes this pie. To make the juice inside of the pie thicker, I used instant tapioca for the thickener. Remember that tapioca does not thicken until it cool. Compare it to cornstarch which thickens when it is hot.

  • Jhertel Posted: 11/11/12
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    I added about 1/2 tsp nutmeg and about a tablespoons of all-purpose flour so the juice was a little thicker. Other than that it is GREAT! And yes - I use a cast iron skillet all the time!!!

  • Emi3315 Posted: 09/29/12
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    Possibly the best apple pie I've ever had - definitely the easiest. Be sure to put something under it as the juices will bubble over and smoke your oven up. Make just as the recipe directs - the juices thicken as it sits. Yum, yum

  • 2012Lily Posted: 02/11/13
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    Oh sooooooo good! Quick and easy, this is a family fav. I did cut down the quantity of apples. Four to five cups of the sliced apples works for me. This dish is best while still very warm.

  • HALAINE Posted: 11/18/12
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    I made this with a homemade crust and rolled it out so it was larger than needed. After the pie filling was in, I put a crumble topping over the top of the apples. The same kind you would use for apple crisp. I then folded the crust up and over the crumble topping...then baked. It was awesome. My son has requested it again for our Thanksgiving dinner.

  • SurelyShirley Posted: 09/20/12
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    I love cooking in cast iron and couldn't wait to try this recipe. It is beyond good and the iron gives such a nice crunch. I did make some changes because I didn't want to wait til I bought the right ingredients. I used Fuji apples, margarine instead of butter, and I smeared soft butter on the top crust instead of egg whites. I used some "sparkling" sugar and a little turbinado sugar on top for extra crunch. When I make it again, I will go right by the recipe except I will use less sugar if I only have Fuji apples as this was a bit too sweet. I will also still use the soft butter and turbinado sugar on the top crust. . As my husband and I say of good recipe, "This is a keeper!" Oh, I almost forgot...I saw an earlier post about the juice being runny, so I did as I do with apple pies...I added some flour to the sugar and cinnamon mixture before putting it on the apples.

  • vmaccardi Posted: 10/29/12
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    Can I use a non cast iron skillet?

  • sffiero Posted: 10/06/12
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    This Pie is the best ever! My husband said "make me none other"!

  • Milady82 Posted: 11/25/13
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    Very good and simple apple pie recipe. I liked the rustic look of it being in an iron skillet and the butter pecan ice cream was perfect with it. Will make again. So easy and good:)

  • MorrisP Posted: 04/05/14
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    Awesome Apple Pie! Looks beautiful, tastes even better! Followed the recipe as stated but did cut back on the sugar from 3/4 to 1/2 cup. Very easy to make, I'll definitely fix this again! Hubby loves it!

  • Nannypie Posted: 11/29/13
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    This pie was so good and so,so easy! I didn't make any changes to the recipe. My pie looked beautiful and tasted great.

  • HappyHomeMom Posted: 11/29/13
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    I have made it twice now in the past two weeks. My husband says it is the best apple pie he has ever eaten. I followed the recipe exactly as written. My brother-in-law placed his order for Christmas dinner after I brought it to our Thanksgiving meal. We call my cast iron skillet the "magic pan". Everything made in it seems to be over-the-top delicious. This pie lived up the skillet's reputation.

  • tarheelsrock Posted: 02/18/14
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    Beautiful presentation and taste, and so easy too. I got rave reviews.

  • blw3474 Posted: 09/29/13
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    This apple pie is so easy to make and is a hit every time. My family will usually only eat homemade pie crust, but they LOVE this pie. I would recommend it to anyone!!!!!!

  • PurpleCollie Posted: 10/04/13
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    Turned out fantastic! I didn't need all the apples I bought, but otherwise followed the recipe as listed. It's so good, that I have a hard time keeping to just 1/8 of the pie. It's really easy, too. Love having another use for my skillet. Thank you!!

  • kckookie58 Posted: 11/11/13
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    Absolutely amazing! Followed the recipe exactly, including the pecan ice cream . . everyone LOVED it. Made me look like a professional baker. Will definitely make this again!

  • Peppygirl Posted: 10/01/13
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    I made this pie exactly by the recipe. The pie was beautiful and really delicious. My pie looked exactly like the pie on the website. Thanks Mrs. Wright for this outstanding recipe!

  • mamamix Posted: 11/22/13
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    Truly outstanding! Have made this more times than any other apple pie and can't really improve on it! It's the simplicity of the pie with just the right amount of spices. You can reduce the sugar a bit and it doesn't change the outcome. The egg white wash at the end makes it fantastic - I love to use the larger sparkling sugar crystals. Makes a beautiful finish.

  • laura49 Posted: 01/26/14
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    So very easy and so very good!!! It IS my go to desert!!! Perfect for any occasion and any meal! Thank you!

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