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Top 10 Reasons my Happy Apple Pie is Smiling

August 30, 2010

By Kath Dedon


Here are the Top 10 Reasons why my Happy Apple Pie is smiling!


(Drum roll, please!)


10. He’s made with just-picked Gala apples from our tree.


9. His crust is an easy pie crust for anyone to make.

8. His crust is made with heart-healthy olive oil.

7. The sweetener used is 100% honey!

6. This is the first pie my daughters learned to bake. Now they’re experts!

5. This is an extremely popular fellow at all gatherings of friends and family.

4. He knows that it’s not Thanksgiving without him!

3. This All-American was a big hit on the 4th of July this year.

2. When our Gala apples are gone, he can still be made year-round with Granny Smith apples.

And the #1 reason:  He loves making children smile when he appears the next morning (especially on a school day) for breakfast! ……  (You got your wheat, you got your fruit….just add a glass of milk and you’re good to go!)



Everyone seems to love apple pie. I developed this recipe years ago because I wanted to make a pie that was totally sweetened with honey. I buy a big container of plain honey for baking. You don’t want a fancy, flavorful honey here. Save the fancy honeys for your morning toast or for drizzling on fancy desserts.

Sometimes I use my food processor to quickly slice the apples. I just peel them, quarter them, take out the core, and put them in the food processor. This time I felt like slicing them by hand.

I have always called this pie my “Happy Apple Pie”. Truth be told, I usually just cut slits in the top crust for steam vents. I thought it would be fun for a change to give this happy pie a happy face!


Happy Apple Pie


(print the recipe)


1 recipe of Easy Pie Crust for a Two Crust Pie


About 6 medium, or 5 large, apples (you should have about 6 cups, sliced)

2/3 cup of honey

¼ cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Put a large rimmed baking sheet larger than the pie plate in the oven, and preheat to 375˚. (The baking sheet will catch any juices that boil over.)

2. Make the pie dough and set aside.

3. Wash and peel the apples and cut them into quarters. Cut the core out of each quarter.

4. Cut each quarter into slices and put in a large bowl.

5. Stir together the honey, ¼ cup flour, and cinnamon together.

6. Pour the honey mixture over the apples and gently stir.


7. Roll out the bottom crust for the pie and put it in the pie dish. Put the apples in the pie.


8. Roll out the top crust and place it on top of the apples.

9. Finish off the edge of the crust the way you like. (I just press the edge with a fork.)

10. Cut steam vents in the top crust.


11. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the crust is golden. Cool on a rack.



40 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2010 1:25 pm

    excellent….. so is that from your backyard

  2. Laura permalink
    August 30, 2010 1:42 pm

    Mmmm, I think I may have to swing by and pick up some apples…

  3. August 30, 2010 3:14 pm

    That looks like the perfect apple pie!

  4. August 30, 2010 5:01 pm

    I am smiling too as I read about your olive oil pie crust! Bookmarked the recipe! Thanks! Wish we had an apple tree in our back yard…at one time we had 4…midwest winters and storms took them one by one. 😦

    • September 6, 2010 7:02 am

      Sorry you lost your apple trees! Those must have been powerful storms! Hope you enjoy the recipe.

  5. August 30, 2010 7:08 pm

    since my Dad was originally from Wisconsin we always had a slice of cheddar on top!

    love apple pie~

    • September 6, 2010 7:02 am

      That would add some protein when you have apple pie for breakfast! 😉

  6. August 30, 2010 8:00 pm

    You are so lucky to have your own apple tree, I would be smiling if I was eating your pie! Can’t wait to get some apples!

  7. August 30, 2010 9:37 pm

    Kath, I now see why that is one happy, healthful apple pie! Good for you. I enjoyed your fun post with the Top 10 list, Dan

  8. August 31, 2010 7:48 am

    My mouth is watering!!! This looks delicious!!

  9. August 31, 2010 12:37 pm

    Wow — it’s awesome that you have your own apple tree! (Sadly, my apartment’s courtyard has no space for plants, so I’m limited to herbs in containers, for now.) Your pie looks delicious 🙂

    • September 6, 2010 7:07 am

      Apple trees wouldn’t work in containers. It’s great to have fresh herbs in pots, though!

  10. August 31, 2010 1:26 pm

    Awwww, I dream of having some backyard with fruit trees. Actually I could totally move to a farm. LOL.
    Your pie looks adorable, must be delicious. Have a great week.

  11. August 31, 2010 3:01 pm

    Apple pie is my husband’s favorite and it’s getting that time of year where we’ll go pick our own apples to make pie! This recipe sounds great, we’ll definitely have to try it this fall.

    • September 6, 2010 7:09 am

      That’s great that you can go someplace to pick your own apples, Rachel! Hope you enjoy the recipe.

  12. August 31, 2010 6:56 pm

    haha! That’s hysterical!! LOVE the happy face!

  13. September 1, 2010 5:58 am

    wow, that apple pie looks perfect!

  14. September 1, 2010 6:13 am

    I have never seen a pie crust made with olive oil. It looks really flaky. In fact the entire pie looks fabulous. How nice for you to have a tree that produces such yumminess. It would put a smile on my face, too!

    • September 6, 2010 7:16 am

      The olive oil works really well, Kristen. I should mention, though, that I have learned from experience (and from the advice of Cook’s Illustrated) that King Arthur all-purpose flour works best for pie crust. I got flakier results with my oil crust recipe when I switched.

  15. September 1, 2010 7:31 am

    Your pie looks happy and beautiful. I like the use of honey with the apples in the filling. How nice to have an apple tree in the back yard and the apples are such a pretty color!

  16. September 1, 2010 2:50 pm

    I would start to smile just as he does if I had the chance of getting one bite from it.

  17. Denise permalink
    September 2, 2010 5:10 pm

    Now that is just a ridiculously CUTE apple pie! You have yourself a new follower based just on this pie alone.

  18. September 5, 2010 7:41 am

    That is a cutie pie!!!!

    My mom used to give us apple pie for breakfast once in a while – what treat!!!!

    I love that used fruit from your own backyard. ~jealous!~

    Georgie Fear RD

    • September 6, 2010 7:20 am

      “Cutie pie” – I love it! Thanks for your comment, Georgie!

  19. phylliskirigin permalink
    September 13, 2010 4:29 pm

    Hi Kath,
    Love your blog. I find that your food philosophy is very much like my own. We seem, too, to have posted our takes an many of the same recipes. I have posted a link to your blog. Happy cooking!

    Phyllis aka


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