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Ma's Apple Pie Recipe


Hello everyone!

Stopping by to share my Ma’s Apple Pie recipe with you – in case you still need a Thanksgiving dessert. 

It's incredible – if I do say so myself! :-)  When my sisters and I were very young, my Italian immigrant parents knew nothing of Thanksgiving, turkeys, pilgrims and apple pie.  We had an apple tree in our back yard though and one of our neighbors taught my mom how to make this pie – in exchange for some of our apples.  It was a WIN-WIN!  Over the years, my mom has refined the recipe into the one I share with you today.



3 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. sugar

4 sprinkles cinnamon

1 ½ cups butter-flavored shortening

1 tsp. vanilla

7 tbsp. water

Mix flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon.  Cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs.  Sprinkle vanilla then water, one tablespoon at a time, over mixture.  Knead dough until it is soft.  You may have to add more water, but add it slowly.  Separate into two balls.



10 cups apples, peeled and sliced

2 cups sugar

5 tbsp. flour

3 dashes cinnamon

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup powered sugar

2 tbsp. vanilla

1 dash of nutmeg

Stir all ingredients together.


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out one dough ball for bottom of pie.  Place in 12-inch cast-iron pan.  Add apple filling.

Roll out remainder of dough and cover apples.  Fold over edges to seal and reinforce by forking those closed edges.

Slit top of pie with a knife all the way around so it can breathe.  Sprinkle top of pie with sugar and cinnamon.

Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.  



Xoxo   A  {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}



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bannyboy1353543974.915 PostsRegistered 8/29/2010
Looks great can't wait to try it. Thanks have a great Thanksgiving!

Redbare1353552607.445 PostsRegistered 6/18/2010

Anything cooked in an iron skillet is good food! Never seen a apple pie recipe cooked in an Iron skillet that is pretty intresting.... Great Idea! Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family May God Bless each and everyone of you! :)

Maltipoomom1353557654.16355 PostsRegistered 5/26/2010

Happy Thanksgiving Antonella, Wishing you and yours a blessed day. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe...my hubby and I were just saying that we needed a good Apple Pie recipe, so please thank your Mom, also.

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Last edited on 11/21/2012

shiangel1353977871.15720 PostsRegistered 11/8/2007
Thank you, I look forward to making this pie. You, are so funny and loving a real treasure for QVC!

Carol151354165835.4435 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

Antonella, I absolutely love watching you!! You are so genuinely warm and kind.

My question for you tonight is,while you where doing the Honora show, what

color nail polish are you wearing?? I am such a hand prson!! lol I an always

looking at people's hands to see what color their nails are!!!

vickiebird1354734394.7831 PostsRegistered 12/5/2012

I watched your show on 12/5/2012 and you had on a beautiful silver wide band ring on your right hand.Did it come from QVC ? I would love to know about it if possible ? I love to watch you on QVC.Your personality is above everyones.

Linda Reina

kerz1355712036.921 PostsRegistered 12/16/2012

This is the very best apple pie I've ever eaten! No kidding! I do have a question...I don't have a cast iron skillet ( :( ) I've been baking this in my temp-ta-tion pie plate (soooo pretty!) and have noticed that it is extra juicy. Do I need to adjust the time or any of the ingredients for a ceramic pie plate? Thanks again. You are a such a blast to watch.

Naid1407371335.443 PostsRegistered 1/15/2011

Certainly looks and sounds GREAT. Will try for sure in the cooler weather. Thanks for the share.

pooppa1415751203.08342 PostsRegistered 6/13/2010
Yummy! Looks so good but our Mom's didn't have butter flavored Crico back then! So my Mom used just Crisco? Trisha Yearwood bakes a apple Carmel pie in a cast iron pan also.Your up their with the top chefs..Please do more cooking shows on the Q...thanks for sharing Happy Thanksgiving!

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