Shelburne Orchards

Nick's Favorite Apple Pie Crust

There are certainly a few apple pie recipes out there. One or two. Ok, maybe a few more. This is Nick's favorite. And he has cooked up a pie or two in his lifetime!


  • First and foremost, "The Pie can not know that you give a @#$#$% how it turns out.. Pie's can smell fear!! The whole time you're making the pie you have to pretend you don't care!!"
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter (yes, I use butter!)
  • 1/3 cup ice cold water
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a food processor - Add the flour, butter (cut into 1/2 inch chucks), water and salt.
  2. Mix until the mixture starts to thump around, less than a minute. If you don't have a food processor then put the flour on a cutting surface and make a pond in the middle of it for the water.
  3. Add the cut up butter and salt.
  4. With a large knife, chop the butter into the flour, using the knife to keep the water from running off.
  5. Chop until mixed, knead into ball, cover and cool.

Pie filling Recipe

8 good size apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch to 1/2 inch pieces 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to taste 1 tablespoon instant tapioca

Simmer everything in a large skillet until the apples soften a little and all sugar is melted (just a few minutes) Let cool.

Special crust Treatment

1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2, granular sugar, Soften the butter and mix with the cream.. With a natural bristle brush, brush on the pie after it's been cooking for 15 minutes.. and then again 5 minutes before it's done. The second time you bush this on.. sprinkle the sugar over the pie.

Cooking the pie

In a preheated oven (350 F) place the pie in the center of the oven. In about 15 minutes the pie will start to perk or bubble, Its when the kitchen fills up with that wonderful smell of pie cooking!! Now.. for McIntosh apples its 10 to 15 minutes more.. I stick a fork through the vent hole in the pie crust and push against the apple pieces.. If the fork pushes the apple away.. it's not done.. but if the fork slides into the piece, doesn't push it away and the piece is holding it shape still.. then it's done. Take the pie out and let cool on a cooling rack.. Good luck and may the force be with you!! ... Nicholas