Thanksgiving Apple Pie

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My husband loves to tell everyone and anyone that I am not a great cook. It’s part of his regular humor routine.  I always go along with the jokes because quite honestly I don’t try particularly hard at the task; I would gladly defer all meal making to local pizza parlors, take-out restaurants and any free food event I can find. We’re trying to build a successful custom shed business, have two kids growing up before our eyes and I try to help out some non-profit organizations along the way. Being a Gourmet Cook, much like Keeping a Spotless House, is not on my current list of goals, and might just be the item that tips me over the edge if I added it to the To Do List. Maybe someday I’ll find the joy of cooking, but right now it’s just a task that has to be done well enough not to poison anyone. That said, Craig does rave about one item I cook: my Sour Cream Apple Pie. Since it is one of the few items I will be contributing to Thursday’s dinner (my mother’s cooking the turkey and most of the sides), I thought I’d share the one thing that bails out my otherwise unimpressive array of food offerings. Maybe it will help you out too.

Happy Thanksgiving! May you have lots to be thankful for this year.


Sour Cream Apple Pie

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups apples, peeled and chopped (2-3 apples)
  • 9 inch single crust pie


  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Stir together 2 tablespoons flour, salt, 3/4 cup sugar and nutmeg in bowl. Combine egg, sour cream and vanilla in another bowl; mix well. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in apples and spoon mixture into unbaked pie shell.
  2. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F (205 degrees C) oven 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake 30 minutes more. Remove pie from oven. Increase temperature to 400 degree F (205 degrees C).
  4. To Make Cinnamon Topping: Combine 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon in bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter or regular margarine until crumbly.
  5. Prepare cinnamon topping and sprinkle over pie. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes more. Cool on rack.

This blog post is part of Let’s Blog Off, a twice-monthly event where bloggers from all aspects of life blog on a single post topic. This week’s topic is “It’s Thanksgiving, so let’s blog about food.

Posted on November 22, 2011 12:10 pm
  1. Joe Freenor

    Actually, for someone who doesn’t like to cook, this sounds like a pretty slick pie! Hey, my youngest brother married a woman who didn’t care to cook. Whereas both my brother and I made our living as cooks for a period of time. The deal they cut was he cooked; she ironed. Personally, I have always loved being in kitchens, to such an extent that from time to time I will break out the cleanser and scrub hell out of it and enjoy every minute of it! The Thanksgiving meal is a piece of cake, as I was an Army cook for three years and prepared this meal for 500 men, so what’s a dozen or so? But I have always loved it. Interestingly enough, when my brother and I visited each other’s homes (he passed some years ago), we never offered to help in the kitchen because we didn’t want to spoil the other guy’s fun!

  2. L

    this apple pie recipe sounds delicious, and I will be passing this along to my husband who loves to bake pies. actually, he is the one that loves to cook. I like cooking with him, and I don’t mind it when it usually falls to me to put dinner on the table, but it is a chore more than a highlight of my day. “Being a Gourmet Cook, much like Keeping a Spotless House” isn’t on my list of goals either; nor is it to be the one at the family gathering bringing anything other than the innocuous side dish.

    1. Historic Shed

      I’d love to hear how his apple pie comes out with this recipe. Aside from how delicious it is, I like that you only have to peel and chop a couple of apples. Thanks for the comment 🙂


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