Apple Pie

I first made this apple pie in Philadelphia back in the 1970s. Someone gave me a book called “Living on the Earth”, by Alicia Bay Laurel. A beautiful book all hand hand written and illustrated with line drawing. This woman had everything you needed to know to live a bohemian country living: from herbal medicine, to leather working, woodcarving, gardening, beekeeping and much more. Things that a first time away from home woman found very useful. This recipe was in the book. She had it as a fruit pie and I changed it to apples.

My father in law was diabetic and I always made this for him. It is still pie and it is still sweet. But it has no added sugar and it is very sweet because you start out with very sweet apples. It doesn’t have anything but good stuff.

Apple Pie


  • 6-8 Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji or any other kind of very sweet apples
  • About 1/4 cup apple cider or Apple juice (I have even used orange juice or lemonade)
  • About 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • About 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • About 1/4 tsp ginger
  • Dash of salt and dash of pepper

1 package rolled crust or you can make your own


After you make this pie a few times you begin to make it yours. My measurements are all approximated. I add condiments to taste.

This pie will be moist and delicious without the added sugar. As it cools it will get less runny.

The Crust also came from the book. Click Here for that recipe.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

FILLING: Peel Apples and core them with apple corer. Cube apples into quite small pieces so that you don’t have to precook the apples and drop into a large bowl.

Step 2

Add all ingredients and toss until apples are completely covered with spices.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 400°F.


Step 4

PRE-MADE CRUST: I like to dust the counter top surface with flour before I roll out the pie crust. The crust should be at room temperature before you try to roll it out. Otherwise, it will crack. If you wait until it is too warm, it will stick and you won’t be able to unroll it. If you make your own, then follow those instructions.

Step 6

Place the apple mixture in the pie crust. We have a lot of fun decorating the top pie crust with stars, flowers, or leaves. Cover the pie. Trim the edges and seal with a small fork. Wrap crust edges with aluminum foil to prevent them from burning before pie is ready.


Step 7

Bake at 400° for 45 minutes. Remove aluminum and bake another 15-20 minutes until pie is golden.

Step 8

Let pie cool before serving. Serve by itself or with vanilla ice-cream.

Cored & Cut Apples

Peel, core and cut apples.

Cut apples with spices and sugar

Cut in smaller chunks and add ingredients. Toss.

Place top pie crust on the pie

Cover the pie with the top crust. Trim and press edge.

Cover edges with aluminum foil

Cover the edge with aluminum foil to prevent edges from burning. Remove after 45 minutes and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Take out of oven and let cool

Let pie cool.