Apple Pie with Butter Crust
2 crusts
  • 20 Tablespoons butter (Plugra is recommended for flakiest crust)
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. ice water (plus a few extra tablespoons in case needed)
Egg wash
  • 1 egg mixed with 2 tsp. water
  • (Sanding sugar)
  • 5 pounds apples (I used Gala, Honeycrisp & Granny Smith)
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice from half a lemon (2 tablespoons)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 T. flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Cut 10 T. butter into tiny cubes and 10 T. into slices or pats of butter. Chill both in separate bowls.
  2. Add flour, sugar, salt to a bowl and combine with hands.
  3. Add in the diced butter cubes and press them into the flour to create coarse crumbs with your hands.
  4. Once combined, add the larger "pats" of butter and flatten with fingers to coat them with flour. These pieces will stay large to create flaky layers.
  5. Slowly add water and mix with hands until dough starts to come together. Once it holds together, dump onto work surface and use hands to mold it into a circle. Wrap in plastic and chill 1-2 hours.
  6. Unwrap dough on a floured surface and dust top with flour. Cut dough in half and stack on top of each other. Cut in half again and stack so you have 4 layers stacked. Use a french rolling pin to slightly bang on the dough. Use hands to mold back into a circle. Roll out to 1½ inches thick. Cut in half and make each one a circle.
  7. Chill each crust 1-2 hours.
  1. Add zest to a large deep pot along with the lemon juice.
  2. Peel and slice one apple at a time (1/8 inch slices) and add the slices to the lemon juice in pot, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once all apples are in, put heat on medium.
  4. Add sugars, flour, salt and cinnamon,
  5. Stir very carefully so you don't break apples up.
  6. Once moistened, cover the pot. You will cook it 20 mins approx and stir it every 3 minutes. It is done when the apples are the right level of "done" you want in your pie! So be sure to taste one or two.
  7. Off heat, stir in vanilla.
  8. Lay apples on a sheet pan to completely cool.
  9. Roll out your first dough and lay in 9 inch pie pan.
  10. Add cooled filling.
  11. Roll out and Use second crust to cut 10 strips and make a lattice.
  12. Brush egg wash only on the center-not the edges.
  13. Sprinkle on sanding sugar.
  14. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. (Preheat oven w baking sheet in it and bake pie on pan-use convection setting if you have one.)
  15. Cool a few hours before slicing.
Recipe by Hugs and Cookies XOXO at