Holiday Apple Pie

Bursting with sweet and tender apples, apple pie is the perfect after-dinner holiday treat! Dish it up warm with ice cream and a mug of spiced cider, and relish in the flavors and scents of the season.

Here in Sonoma County we are blessed with an abundance of apples. Try using out local celebrity apple, the Gravenstein! If you don’t have Gravensteins available, Braeburn and Golden Delicious make great pie apples.

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour


  • PIE CRUST: 2-1/2 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-1/2 sticks Clover unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pats
  • 6 tablespoons cold water
  • PIE FILLING: 1/2 cup Clover unsalted butter, 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash allspice, nutmeg & cloves
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 8 Gravenstein, Granny Smith or Braeburn apples - peeled, cored and sliced
  • Milk (for brushing over crust)
  • Cinnamon-Sugar


  1. PIE CRUST: Combine two thirds of flour with sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse twice to incorporate. Spread butter chunks evenly over surface. Pulse until no dry flour remains and dough just begins to collect in clumps, about 25 short pulses. Use a rubber spatula to spread the dough evenly around the bowl of the food processor. Sprinkle with remaining flour and pulse until dough is just barely broken up, about 5 short pulses. Transfer dough to a large bowl

  2. Sprinkle with water then using a rubber spatula, fold and press dough until it comes together into a ball. Divide ball in half. Form each half into a 4-inch disk. Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before rolling and baking. PIE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl combine the flour and cornstarch. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour/cornstarch mixture to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

  3. In a bowl, toss the apple slices with half of the syrup mixture. Keep the remaining syrup warm on the stovetop.

  4. Place the bottom crust in your pie pan. Fill with the apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust, or any other type of top crust. Gently brush the remaining syrup over the top of the pie, letting any additional sauce run into the pie itself.

  5. Bake for for 35 to 45 minutes. Toward the end of the bake, before the pie is done, brush the top of the pie with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, until apples are soft. Let the pie sit after baking so the filling can set, if you cut it right away the filling will be too runny. Best to let sit overnight, if you can wait!

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