17 November 2009

My Classic Apple Pie

Okay, I know it's strange posting the deserts first, but I like to make them a few days in advance. This way, they are not only done and out of the way, but it also allows the flavors to blend together longer. It may seem strange to use Crème Fraîche (a rich sour cream) and black pepper in an apple pie, but one taste of this pie and you may be hooked. Anyway, this is one of two pies that I make for Thanksgiving. I will share the pumpkin pie recipe tomorrow.

Apple Pie with Crème Fraîche and Black Pepper

What you will need:

Pie Crusts...2
Granny Smith Apples...2 ½lbs.
Sugar...about ¾ cup plus 1tsp.
Fresh Lime Juice...2 Tbsp
Black Pepper...¼ tsp. (freshly ground, if possible)
Flour...4 Tbsp
Calvados or Brandy...¼ Cup
Crème Fraîche...½ cup click here for recipe
Milk...about 1 Tbsp

Putting it together...

  • Preheat oven to 4250F

  • Place 1 pie crust in pie pan

  • Peel, core, and cut the apples into ¼ 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 ¾ 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 about 11 years ago and 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.


Originally published as... Apple Pie with Crème Fraîche and Black Pepper


  1. Lots of different things in there that I never thought of in an apple pie but it sure sounds yummy!

  2. BeadedTail: I know, I said the same thing when I first tried this, but this pie tastes fantastic!


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