Award-Winning Pasty Chef, Karyn Tomlinson Shares Her Grandmother’s Recipe for Apple Pie!


Watch Karyn Tomlinson make this pie in a segment of The Happi House!


  • 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into large chop, to make four cups
  • scant 2/3 cup lard
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cup plus 2 T. flour (divided)
  • 1 t. salt (divided in half)
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 T. distilled vinegar
  • 4 T. water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Peel and chop your apples into large pieces about 1 inch in size.

In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, and lard. Work the lard in to the flour with a pastry cutter until the mixture forms small pieces. Add 4 T. of water and 1 T. distilled vinegar and mix lightly with a fork until the dough starts to come together and it looks like you could form it into a ball with your hands. Don’t overmix. Divide the dough mixture into two equal parts. Place first amount onto a floured work surface. Form a disc and then roll out to a shape larger than your pie pan. Repeat with second disc of dough. Use a long flat spatula to run underneath your dough to lift it off the surface and prevent sticking. Then roll the dough up on your rolling pin and gently lift the first crust onto the bottom of your pan.

Place your apples onto the bottom crust.

In a small bowl, combine: 1 c. sugar, 2 T. flour, ½ t. salt and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix and pour onto your apples. Don’t worry about spreading it out as it will cook down and distribute among the apples.

Cut 2 T. butter into large pieces and sprinkle over the top.

With your hands, lightly brush water onto the outer edge of the bottom crust. Then lift the 2nd round of rolled-out dough onto the top of your pie. Press down the edges so the two layers of dough stick together. Trim some off the outer edge, and then turn the edge up and pinch to seal, making whatever decorative edging you prefer. Make a hole in the middle of the pie and four smaller almond-shaped holes for venting. Sprinkle the top with sugar and cinnamon.

Place pie on a rimmed cookie sheet or pan and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Then turn down the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until you see sugar spilling onto the pan that is starting to caramelize. Enjoy!

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