20 November 2008

Apple Pie with Crème Fraîche and Black Pepper

What you will need:

Pie Crusts...2
Granny Smith Apples...2 1/2 lbs.
Sugar...about 3/4 cup plus 1tsp.
Fresh Lime Juice...2 Tbsp
Black Pepper...1/4 tsp. (freshly ground, if possible)
Flour...4 Tbsp
Calvados or Brandy...1/4 Cup
Crème Fraîche...1/2 cup click here for recipe
Milk...about 1 Tbsp

  • Preheat oven to 4250F

  • Place 1 pie crust in pie pan

  • Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/4 inch slices (you may also cut them into cubes, if you like; I've done it both ways

  • Place them in a bowl and add 3/4 cup of sugar, lime juice, salt, pepper, and flour

  • Toss to coat the apples evenly

  • Add the Calvados and the crème fraîche

  • Toss to mix well

  • Cover and let set at room temperature for 20 minutes

  • Taste the mixture and add sugar if necessary

  • Transfer mixture to the prepared pie pan and distribute evenly

  • Brush the edge of the dough with milk and place the second crust on top and seal

  • decoratively crimp the edge

  • Brush the top with remaining milk and sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of sugar

  • Cut 3 vents in the top of the crust

  • Place on a baking sheet and place in oven

  • Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 3750F, and bake for an additional 55 minutes

  • Crust should be crisp and apples tender when pierced with a knife

  • Remove from oven and allow to cool 30 minutes

Recipe courtesy of Michael Kalanty of the California Culinary Academy

This is a pie I first made 9-10 years ago. After that first year, it has since become a Thanksgiving tradition.
This pie also makes a great gift. Prepare as above, but do not bake. Make a copy of the baking instructions and include that with the pie. I believe that the smell of an apple pie baking is also a gift.


Next time... Spinach and Artichoke Casserole


  1. There's that Crème Fraîche again! We're drooling over here!! Mom can't wait for the spinach and artichoke one!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  2. Oh yeah, Mom's got her pen and paper ready for the spinach and artichoke recipe! She's not going to move all day. ;-)

  3. Liza: Thank you. It is very easy, the only hard part, or I should say time-consuming part is peeling the apples

    Gandalf and Grayson: I know, it makes the entire house smell wonderful.

    Furkidsmom: That Crème Fraîche will have you licking your paws for hours afterward:)

    Lux: You will love this recipe, I've made it once before and it was a hit:)

  4. Yep, diet needs to be thrown out the window! Life's too short to pass up these goodies!

  5. BeadedTail: That is so true:)

  6. I'm going to try this recipe for Thankgiving this season. Looks great! Thank you for sharing it.

  7. Anonymous: You're welcome. Please let me know what you think:)

  8. that's really easy to make. i love apple pie so i'm gonna try your recipe next time. i also like your gift idea ;)


    Edited to remove dead link. Comment originally published on...21 November, 2008 01:57

  9. Gandalf and Grayson25 December, 2010 15:11

    Mmmmmmm. Mom says she can almost smell this baking! We love the holidays around our house!

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    21 November, 2008 03:54


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