Ola Rokita

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Apple Pie

Ola Rokita05 December 2020Comments (0)

apple pie

This simple apple pie recipe reminds me of the fall season and Thanksgiving.

When I came to America and celebrated my first Thanksgiving meal, it’s the apple pie that I was most excited about. My American friend shared this recipe with me, but I made a few small modifications to enhance the flavor.

I hope you enjoy making this classic apple dessert as much as I do. For this recipe I used wheat flour from Poland called “Poznanska” type 500, but given that this an American classic, all-purpose is probably most suitable.

Still, try it out with the flour from Poland and see if you like the flavor as much as I do. I found that the crust turns out a little lighter than the one made from the all-purpose flour.

Apple Pie Crust


  • 2 cups wheat flour (all-purpose or Polish type 500)
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • tbsp ice water
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, add the sugar, chop the butter into smaller chunks and combine all together using your hands.

    sifted flour
  2. Add the salt, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and ice water, and using your hands knead the dough just until combined into a solid ball.

    knead the dough
  3. Wrap it in foil and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes. While the dough rests in the fridge, prepare the apple filling (see instructions below).

    dough ball
  4. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius or 350° Fahrenheit.

  5. Remove the dough from the fridge, divide it in half and roll one portion flat (about ½ cm or ⅕ inch thick) using a rolling pin. Use plastic wrap to prevent the dough from sticking to your working surface and the rolling pin.

    flat dough
  6. Place the rolled out dough into a pie-baking dish.

    pie crust
  7. Cover it with a parchment paper and weigh it down with some rice or other lose grains.

  8. Bake the pie crust for 20-25 minutes.

    baking pie crust
  9. While the pie crust is baking, roll out the other portion of the pie crust dough in the same way as above.

  10. Once the crust is pre-baked (blind-baked), add the apples (see instructions below on how to prepare the apple filling).

    adding apples to the crust
  11. Cover the filling with the rolled out pie crust dough and remove the excess edges.

    cover the pie
  12. Press the edges tightly together using a fork to make a nice pattern.

    press the crust edges
  13. Make 6-8 cuts in the top pie crust to allow for the steam to release during baking. You can use any extra dough to decorate the top crust of your pie.

    pie crust cuts
  14. Bake for additional 30-35 minutes until the the pie starts to become golden in color.

  15. Remove from the oven and let it cool on your kitchen counter for about 15-20 minutes. Then enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

    baked pie


Apple Pie Filling


  • 8-10 medium apples
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Fill a medium mixing bowl half way with water and add the lemon juice.

  2. Peal the apples, remove the core, slice them into small pieces and place them in the bowl filled with water.

  3. As you fill the bowl with the sliced apples, stir them to make sure they're covered by the water, this will prevent them from browning.

  4. Once you peal and slice all the apples, drain them using a colander and then leave the apples in the colander for at least 10 minutes so that the excess water drains.

    draining apples
  5. In a large skillett, over a low heat, melt the butter. Make sure not to burn the butter.

    melt butter in a skillet
  6. Add the brown sugar and mix it with the melted butter.

    butter with sugar
  7. Add the apples, and using a wooden spoon, stir them so that they are mixed in with the butter and brown sugar. Increase the heat to medium and stir the apples for about 5 minutes or until they start to soften.

    add apples to skillet
  8. Place them once more in a colander for a few more minutes so that any excess liquid drains.

  9. Your apples are ready to be added to your pre-baked crust (see instructions above) and you can finish baking your delicious apple pie.

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