Organic Apple Pie
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Pie Filling
  • 1 pie shell (homemade or store-bought)
  • 8 medium granny smith apples*
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
Top Crust
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick, room temperature)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. In a large bowl, cut in flour and brown sugar into the stick of butter with a pastry blender or a fork until you make a crumbly pie crust topping. Set aside.
  3. Peel and thinly slice apples and toss into a large bowl.
  4. Add flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir well (~3 minutes).
  5. Add apple mixture into pie shell (layering makes it easier to cut and it looks nicer when cut, but it takes longer because you have to place one slice at a time into the pie shell in a circle), and pour the crumbly crust topping over the apples.
  6. Place in the oven for 15 minutes at 425° F.
  7. After 15 minutes at 425° F, take out and cover the edges of the pie crust with aluminum foil (or a pie crust edge cover if you are lucky enough to have one of those!).
  8. Turn the temperature down to 375° F, and carefully place back into the oven for 45 minutes.
  9. Place a drip tray underneath, because apple mixture may boil out of the pie towards the end and make a mess in the oven.
  10. Take out of the oven and cool on the stove for 3-4 hours.
Recipe by My San Francisco Kitchen at