My (Practically) World Famous Apple Pie Recipe

Do you harvest or can or preserve food?
I’m up to my eyeballs in apples this week.

I’ve spent hours and hours
peeling, coring, slicing, saucing, & freezing …

I have
apple sauce,
apple pies,
apple crisp,
apple cobbler
ready to go!

As I’m sure I’ve told you,
I’m practically famous
(at Mr. 4-Ever’s deer camp)
for my delicious apple desserts.

So, by popular demand,
I’m sharing my best applesauce and apple pie recipes.

Easiest Ever Applesauce


8-10 cups of peeled and cored apples*,
cut into slices or chunks.
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
dash of salt
Up to 1/4 c. sugar (optional)

Put everything in a crockpot
cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Your house will smell wonderful
and your applesauce will be delish!

Serve warm or cold.
Freezes well, too.


Mr. 4-Ever’s Favorite Apple Pie:

4-6 apples*, peeled, cored, & thinly sliced.
1 c. sugar
2 Tbls. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. salt
9″ unbaked pie crust

Mix dry ingredients, then combine with the apples.
Dump into an unbaked pie shell.

If you use a store bought pie shell,
(which is totally not cheating in my opinion)
I recommend the kind in the dairy case
that you unroll and lay in your pie plate.

1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. brown sugar
4 Tbls. butter

Mix flour and sugar,
then cut butter into dry mixture till crumbly.
Spread over apples in pie shell.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
Pie is done when topping is browned and filling is bubbling.

*These apple desserts are most successful when you use good baking apples.
I ALWAYS use Northern Spy apples.
Sometimes I mix in some Empire or Jonagold apples.

Don’t skimp on the apples!
You’ll thank me later.

Bon appetit!

In the comments, let me know how it turned out!





  1. Karen Herteg on November 13, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Thank you! I am going to make both of these recipes! YUM!

    • Robyn Dykstra on November 13, 2017 at 1:08 am

      Karen, You will really enjoy them!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. Lynn west on November 13, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Sounds yummy!

    It’s a boy…had a gender reveal party and my
    First grand baby is a precious boy!

    Love your way.


    • Robyn Dykstra on November 13, 2017 at 1:07 am

      Hey Lynn, Congratulations. That’s wonderful news.

  3. Kendra Brubaker on November 13, 2017 at 3:31 am

    We have amazing old variety Northern Spy apples if you need more apples next fall!! Come visit Grass Lake Orchard in Rockford! I’m trying the recipe out too, love apple pie for breakfast!

    • Robyn Dykstra on November 13, 2017 at 3:34 am

      Apple pie for breakfast. Now that’s an idea I can get behind.
      Thanks, Kendra. Are you in Rockford IL or Rockford MI?

  4. Donna washington on November 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks Robyn,We have an apple tree and I have already done Apple sauce, Apple butter and canned Apple pie filling. I’m going to use your recipe for the Apple pie topping, though, It really looks tasty . All the others I tried have not turned out so good. I appreciate you sharing that one. Blessings, Donna R.

  5. Michael W Tews on September 27, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks For great Apple Recipe.very good. mix different apples. Honey Crisp, Cortland, two don’t know what it was. Turned out Great. We had it on a fall day.
    thank you Mike

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