Rustic Heirloom Apple Pie

Heirloom apples are the stars of this Apple Pie Recipe, cherished for their unique flavors and textures. In this Apple Pie Recipe, the heirloom apples' natural sweetness and subtle tartness are perfectly enhanced by the blend of cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a symphony of flavors in every bite. The flaky, buttery crust complements the tender, spiced apples, making each slice a delightful treat. As you embark on this baking adventure, enjoy the process and the delicious outcome of your efforts.
Rustic Heirloom Apple Pie
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
90 minutes
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
120 minutes
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Rustic Heirloom Apple Pie
- 6 cups thinly sliced heirloom apples
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (pie crust)
- 1 teaspoon salt (pie crust)
- 1 teaspoon sugar (pie crust)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced (pie crust)
- 4-6 tablespoons ice water (pie crust)
- 1 egg, beaten


Step 1 - Prepare Filling

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

In a large bowl, combine sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss gently to coat the apples evenly. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes.

Step 2 - Make Pie Crust

In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, and sugar. Add chilled butter, using a pastry cutter or fingers to blend into a coarse, pea-sized mixture. Gradually add ice water, stirring until the dough comes together.

Divide dough in half, form into discs, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Step 3 - Assemble Pie

Roll out one dough disc on a floured surface to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Transfer it to the pan, and trim the edges. Add the apple filling. Roll out the second dough disc and place over the filling. Trim and crimp the edges. Cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Brush the top with the egg wash.

Step 4 - Bake, Cool & Serve

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let the pie cool before serving.

What are Heirloom Apples?

Heirloom apples are traditional varieties of apples that have been cultivated for generations, often predating modern agricultural practices. Unlike commercial apple varieties that are bred for mass production and uniformity, heirloom apples are valued for their unique flavors, textures, and often quirky appearances. They are typically grown in small-scale orchards or family gardens, with many varieties having deep historical or regional significance. Heirloom apples come in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes, and they are often celebrated for their distinct taste profiles that can range from sweet to tart, and aromatic to spicy.

What do Heirloom Apples taste like?

Heirloom apples offer a diverse palette of flavors that can vary significantly from one variety to another. Unlike the standard, commercially grown apples that are bred for a consistent taste, heirloom apples can have complex and nuanced flavors. Some may be exceptionally sweet with hints of honey or caramel, while others might be tart and tangy, reminiscent of citrus or berries. The textures also vary widely, from crisp and juicy to dense and creamy. Aromatic qualities in some heirloom varieties add another layer of experience, offering floral, spicy, or even wine-like notes. This rich diversity in taste and texture makes heirloom apples a favorite among culinary enthusiasts and apple connoisseurs.

Where can I buy Heirloom Apples?

Great question – check out our marketplace where you can buy heirloom apples directly from foragers and cultivators.

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