Friday, October 21, 2011

Apple Pie with Whole Grain Crust

apple pie with whole grain crust recipe

I love apple pie.  I've always preferred traditional apple pie, with a flaky crust and just apples, cinnamon, and sugar.  No funny business like crumb toppings or caramel.  Just pure apple goodness.  The apple pie that I made for Canadian Thanksgiving was different though.  N has recently developed a man-crush on Chef Michael Smith and we have been watching his old show on Food Network On-Demand (sorry American friends, it's a Canadian thing).  Michael Smith made a lovely apple pie on one of his shows, with a whole grain and oat crust.  It sounded delicious and intriguing, because he said it was easy and it actually looked easy!  On a day where I was making a full Thanksgiving dinner, an easy pie crust sounded ideal.  So we went with Michael's crust and I'm really glad that I did.  Not only was it a cinch to make, it was also delicious!  The rest of the pie is the way I normally make it, just apples.    We went to the market and asked for the best pie apples, and we were given Cortlands and Wolf River apples.  The best apples for pie are local apples, so hurry and make this one soon.

apples for apple pie

Apple Pie with Whole Grain Crust

10 apples (mixed)
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons corn starch

From Michael Smith
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup or so of water

Slice the apples into eighths.  Mix the apples with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and let the apples sit while you make the crust.

Whisk the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Add the oil and mix well. Add the water and stir just until the mixture comes together. Knead it once or twice to gather up all the dry ingredients. Add a few drops more of water if needed. Divide into two, with one ball slightly larger than the other, and form into 2 flattened discs. Chill until ready to use.

When you are ready to put the pie together, pre-heat the oven to 350°F.  I like to roll my crust out between two pieces of wax paper (plastic wrap works as well).  Place the larger disc of dough in the middle of the wax paper, cover with the other piece.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 15 inch round (12 inches if you use a regular pie pan).  Fold the dough into fourths and place the dough into a deep dish pie pan.

Fill the crust with apples.  Take a few tablespoons of the liquid that will have formed at the bottom of the bowl of apples and mix it with the corn starch.  Pour the liquid over the apples.  Roll the second disc out into a 12 inch round.  Place it on top of the pie, trim, and pinch the edges of the crust.  Poke a few vents in the top of the crust.  Bake for 1 hour at 350°F.

apple pie with whole grain crust michael smith


  1. Here's the Apple Pie online video. There's also more awesome Michael Smith video-recipes listed here. Warning: He's a bit corny.

  2. Great job with this pie, it looks beautiful. It looks like I may be replaced as the family pie maker!

  3. No way mom, I still like your pies the best!


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