Mom’s Apple Pie


My mom makes the best apple pie. I always try to produce a pie worthy of her but it has been a difficult road. I am not giving up because my mom’s apple pie is my all-time favorite food. It is not the same without mom’s pastry recipe that has been passed down throughout the generations in her family. You have to make this pastry the day before.

Mom’s Pastry


  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 pound lard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder


Mix the above 4 ingredients together in a large bowl, use fork to start than by hand (I use my Cuisinart mixer for the entire recipe and it does a fabulous job).

  • Beat 1 egg in a measuring cup
  • Add 2 tsp white vinegar
  • Then add water to make ¾ cup

Add to flour mixture and mix. Mix until lard is almost absorbed. Mixture will be very sticky. Roll into log and cut into 6 even pieces. Wrap in tin foil and freeze for at least 1 day. Thaw and roll out with lots of flour.

Mom’s Apple Pie


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 8 cups thinly sliced apples, I use granny smith for their tartness but you can use whatever you like. (About 8 medium)
  • 2 TBS butter


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the apples. Turn into pastry lined plate. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust and cut slits in top. Seal and flute edges. Cover edges with 3 inch flute of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking. Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through the slits.


Author: Chez Starz

I have a passion for food and travel. I am always looking for delicious recipes to cook and share with my family. This site is simply a way to share family recipes and those I find in cookbooks and online.

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