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Apple Pie Twist: how to make a simple apple pie

Whenever you need some inspiration in the kitchen just remember it doesn’t have to take a long time or require fancy steps to taste delicious! My grandmother was given a very special name due to this recipe, Mama Pies! Once I gave her this grand title it lasted her through my life, my siblings, her grandchildren, and even a couple of great-grandchildren.

Prep Time: 30 min Bake Time: 30-45 min



  • 1 set of your favorite deep dish pie crust
  • 4-5 apples (red are best) thinly sliced peeled with no core or seeds
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 4-5 cups fresh or frozen and thawed blackberries, rinse well (I typically choose fresh as they are juicier)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water or whole milk



  • Line your 9in pie pan with the pie crust. Mix together your egg and water or milk and then using a basting brush put a thin coat over the bottom layer of your pie crust in the pan.
  • Grab your handy saute pan and warm over medium heat your apples, 1/2 of your sugar, and cornstarch until the apples become somewhat tender about 5-10 min. (if you wish to add in the blackberries to soften them as well you can do so)
  • In a medium mixing bowl mix together the apple slices, blackberries, vanilla extract and the rest of your sugar making sure they all mix well.
  • Put the whole mixture into the pie crust and cover with the other available crust on top. Make sure to use a knife and put slits in the top and trim off any excess crust. *if you want the criss-cross look then roll out the pie crust on a cutting board and use your handy pizza cutter to make straight line cuts for long strips and then place them on there one at a time.
  • Cook on 375 degrees for 35-45 min until the top is golden brown and the gooey center is boiling.


Spice it up: If you want to add a little extra add some cinnamon or vanilla bean to the mix or sprinkled on the top of the pie crust. It’s delicious.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and if you have any questions about the Apple Pie Twist or want to leave your own personal review or tweaks please leave a comment below.

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  1. I can almost taste the pie!! I have the perfect gluten-free pie crust for this too!! Would be great with some fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream too. Now I am going to have to get up in the morning and make me one! Thanks for sharing this with us,I can see why your grandma was called Momma Pies..

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