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Rustic Apple Pie

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Makes:10 to 12 servings
Freezing:not recommended

This yummy take on classic apple pie is made without a pie pan, so no two will ever be quite the same. It has a rich, flaky crust and a hearty apple and cinnamon filling.



2 cups 500 mL Robin Hood® Original All Purpose Flour
¾ tsp 3 mL salt
1 cup 250 mL Crisco® All Vegetable Shortening, room temperature
1 egg
2 tbsp 30 mL cold water
1 tbsp 15 mL white vinegar


4 apples,  peeled, cored and thickly sliced
½ cup 125 mL packed brown sugar
1 tbsp 15 mL grated lemon zest
1 tsp 5 mL cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp 45 mL coarse sugar
Add Cranberries as optional garnish


  1. Crust: Combine flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Tip

    The best way to combine flour and shortening to make pastry is by hand. Have your kids wash their hands then start mixing!

  3. Beat, in a small bowl, egg, water and vinegar together to blend. Pour liquid mixture over flour mixture. Stir with fork until moistened. On a piece of plastic wrap, flatten into a circle about 8” (20cm) Wrap and chill dough 15 minutes for easier rolling.
  4. Tip

    Get your kids to practice measuring! Have them measure and cut out 8” and 16” circles as templates using parchment paper or wax paper.

  5. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Filling: Combine apples, brown sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.
  7. Roll, on a lightly floured surface, refrigerated dough, into a 16” (40 cm) circle. Don’t worry if it comes out a different shape! Transfer pastry to prepared baking sheet.
  8. In middle pastry, pile apples and other fruit in a 9” (23 cm) circle. Fold pastry up over apples, leaving a hole in the centre. Apples will show in the middle.
  9. Tip

    Let your kids customize their pies by adding their own colours to the coarse sugar. Just put it in a small plastic bag, add a few drops of food colouring and rub it all together!

  10. Brush pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F (190°C) and continue to bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until crust is golden and apples are tender. Serve warm or room temperature, tastes delicious with ice cream.
  12. Tip

    Can your kids guess why you brush the pastry with a beaten egg? It has 2 benefits. It holds the sugar in place and it makes the crust shiny and a beautiful golden colour. Ask them what would happen if you used the beaten egg to paint patterns on the pastry.

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