Old Fashioned Apple Pie

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Apples are one of my favorite local fruits to eat.  Choosing local foods is a good idea for so many reasons. First, these foods are fresher, maintaining more available nutrients. Second, buying local is good for our economy, supporting local farmers. Third, it is better for the environment because of the shorter transportation that is required. It makes sense to eat local foods, and apples are in season right now!

Unfortunately, apples do fall into the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list, according to the Environmental Working Group (source:  This means they have been tested high in pesticides.  For this reason, I recommend apples that are grown organically.  If you decide to eat apples that are not organic, at the very least remove the peel first.




  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • Approximately ½ cup ice water


  • 8 apples, sliced
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon



  1. Mix flour and sea salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add butter and cut with a knife until it creates a crumbly mixture.
  3. Option: You may also use a food processor or pastry blender.
  4. Gradually add ice water and form into a ball.
  5. Divide dough in half, flatten each piece and wrap in plastic.
  6. Chill for 2 hours or overnight.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk maple syrup with cinnamon and vanilla.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Roll out dough on a floured surface and place bottom piece in pie plate or cast iron pan, cutting off edges to fit.
  4. Spread apple slices inside and pour in maple syrup mixture.
  5. Place top layer of dough, pinching edges and cut off excess dough.
  6. Insert vent holes with a knife.
  7. Bake for one hour.
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