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Upside-Down Apple Pie Recipe

Upside-Down Apple Pie Recipe

This upside-down apple pie has won eight ribbons at area fairs. People say it looks and tastes like a giant apple-cinnamon bun. I take time off from work around the holidays to fill pie requests from family and friends. This recipe is everyone's favorite. —Susan Frisch, Germansville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons orange juice
  • FILLING:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (about 1/8 inch thick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Gradually add orange juice, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough into two balls. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • 2. Line a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with heavy-duty foil, leaving 1-1/2 in. beyond edge; coat the foil with cooking spray. Combine 4 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and pecans; spoon into prepared pie plate.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining butter; toss gently.
  • 4. On waxed paper, roll out one ball of pastry to fit pie plate. Place pastry over nut mixture, pressing firmly against mixture and sides of plate; trim to 1 in. beyond plate edge. Fill with apple mixture.
  • 5. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim to 1/4 in. beyond plate edge. Fold bottom pastry over top pastry; seal and flute edges. Cut four 1-in. slits in top pastry.
  • 6. Bake at 375° for 50-55 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown (cover edges with foil during the last 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary).
  • 7. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Invert onto a serving platter; carefully remove foil. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over pie. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 613 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (60g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein .

Reviews for Upside-Down Apple Pie

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sdsparkles
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"My family has not stopped asking me to make another one. It was gone in 1 day!"

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love2cook54
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"All I have to say is I have never been a fan of apple pie, but I decided to make this because my husband is, and it was amazing!! I have my 2nd one this week baking right now to take to a friends house tonight. The only thing I changed was I used milk in the glaze instead of orange juice. But the crust was the best! Some other reviews said that the top didn't get dark enough when flipped, but I used dark brown sugar and the top looked fine. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!!"

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Birdbrain777
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"This is my family's new favorite apple pie. It was delicious! I had to stop my kids from eating a second piece."

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breadmaker22
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"This pie is so much better than classic apple pie...and that's the verdict of a family that loves classic apple pie!

Since I don't have a deep-dish pie pan, I used a standard 9-inch pan and ended up using only 5 cups of apples, but I kept the amounts of the spices the same and it was fine.
A word of advice: put a pan or cookie sheet under the pie while it bakes...it drips a lot, and it could get messy to clean up!"

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mlc311
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"This pie was fantastic! I tried flipping it upside down but then realized that I didn't have the ingredients for the glaze so I put it right back in the pie plate, right-side-up so it was less messy and easier to serve. It was wonderful even that way! I think I will serve it that way from now on and save a little on those extra calories :)"

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dyoder1957@msn.com
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"awesome apple pie that makes you drool for more. I put a layer of prepared caramel you use for apple dip as a layer in the apples. Gave it a caramel apple flavor. Love this pie"

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rsimsk
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"This pie is soo good!! I used Fuji apples and left off the glaze. I will definitely make this as my go to apple pie!!! LOVE!!"

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GrandTina
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"This is the second apple pie I have made. My Sorority Sisters said it is a keeper. And my husband said why haven't you made this before! The only thing I did different was to add a full teaspoon of cinnamon. I liked the hint of orange in the crust and glaze. It was not over powering. Since I just bought a bushel of yellow delicious apples I WILL be making this several more times."

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GrandTina
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"This is the second apple pie that I have made. My Sorority Sisters said it is a keeper. One gal even tried to hide it so she could take it home. I did add an extra 1/2 tsp of cinnamon."

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BooBooZ
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Fantastic recipe! The crust turned out nice and flakey and the topping was perfect."

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tlwoodard
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"This pie is delicious. I will be making this again for sure!"

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dmasseo
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"Made this yesterday. Used store-bought pie crust and water in the glaze. Cut sugar to 3/4 cup. Came out great! This recipe is definitely a keeper."

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zucchini lady
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"MADE THIS TO TAKE TO A FALL AFFAIR WE ALWAYS ATTEND..WHAT A HIT THIS WAS!! HAD TO TAKE NAME/EMAIL'S OF ALL WHO WANTD THE RECIPE..WENT OVER VERY WLL/WHAT CHANGE FROM REGULAR APPLE PIE.. WILL BE COME ONE OF MY FAVES."

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EDIEWADE
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"613 CALORIES AND 26 GRAMMS OF FAT IN ONE SLICE???? THER IS NO WAY THAT i WOULD USE 1/3 OF MY DAILY AVERAGE CALORIE INTAKE ON A PIECE OF PIE, NO MATTER NO GOOD. THIS RECIPE IS NOT FOR ME!"

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chrross
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"I was wondering if anyone made it without the pecans? I have an allergy but love the sound of this pie! Can someone come up with a idea for a substitute?"

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Baking412
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Is the carb count correct 92 carbs seems like a lot? Please, please be lower!

I love apple pie. It looks so good. Congrats on winning so many ribbons at the fairs."

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jane428
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"First time I ever made a pie, this pie was easy and very good. I used store bought crust. YUMMY"

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Spiffy64
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"Very good apple pie...I saw this made at one of the TOH cooking school shows and couldn't wait to try it. It looked pretty and tasted good too. I really liked the pecan topping, yum! I agree that it was a little pale on the bottom, and it probably would've benefited from being stuck into the oven to brown more after being inverted onto the plate...However, overall it was tasty!"

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Libby T
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"This was the BEST apple pie. I even had a piece for breakfast. Definitely a hit with my family."

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JoyEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"My husband requested this recipe as soon as he saw it in the Country magazine. I waited until fall to make it. It is easy to make & tastes wonderful!"

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LollyBlue
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"My family loved this delicious and out-of-the-ordinary pie. Next time, though, I'll put it back in the oven after flipping it upside down just so it browns more on top. The taste was scrumptious but it looked a tiny bit pale. YUMMY!"

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hobbes_181@yahoo.com
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Amazing. Gets raves every time."

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awapuhi22
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"I made this pie for the first time on Memorial Day. My whole family raved about it. I thought it would be difficult to make but it was very easy and definitely delicious!"

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laskew1019
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"This is truly the best apple pie I have ever tasted!!!"

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jillmhb
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I bought refrigerated pie crust; and I did not make the orange glaze. Was really tasty!"

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thebrisketpit
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"This recipe rocks. The directions were very easy to follow and it came out wonderful. I didnt have a deep pan, so I just didnt use as much filling and it still came out great. I think my favorite part it is the crust....I now use this as my standard pie crust. I think next time I bake it, I am going to try to incorporate caramel into it, maybe on the bottom (or top, however you look at it) with the pecans."

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shannonlady
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"I have made this pie several times. Everyone loves it. I have been handing out the recipe. Best apple pie."

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Jellybug
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"Absolutely delicious...."

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darlyn29
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Great tasting pie! I did have to double the recipe for the crust as it was bursting at the seams due to the amount of filling- but it's great!"

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binajoshua
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"One of the best apples pies I have made, it is my sons favorite. Easy to make and stands out from the traditional apple pie because it is flipped over. Everyone flips over it!"

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spinman62
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"Can it be made without the pecans."

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gleann
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2009

"This pie was delicious. I will make it again and again."

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Bonnie Hattery
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2009

"I agree! Absolutely the best apple pie. I was asked to make this instead of the usual birthday cake for my son-in-laws birthday!"

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stephanie1
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2009

"Absolutely the BEST Apple Pie I've ever tasted!! Made 2 for my Thanksgiving dinner at work and "everyone" asked me for the recipe! YUMM-O"

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kimbdds92
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"I made this pie last Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. Very easy to make. I made it with prepared pie dough to save some time and it was still delicious. I also used water for the glaze instead of orange juice and it turned out fine. I've already had numerous requests to bring it to Thanksgiving dinner again this year."

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aliagal
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2008

"Re: Upside-Down Apple Pie

I made three of these pies just a couple of weeks ago. We didn't get all of them eaten right away. I also used 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Splenda. Worked great. Taste was good also. We ate the last pie after it had been made a week. It was still delicious. I heated it up a bit in the microwave to make it more like a freshly baked pie. Wonderful. Thanks.
Joyce"

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Lambolena
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"I just made this pie this P.M. and it turned out pretty good. I cut back on the sugar for the filling to 3/4 cup but I thinkit is still to sweet but it was good and everyone seems to like it! I tryed to jack with the crust and made it wi oil and butter instead of shortening but it made it tough.. The over all flavor of this pie was excellent... we used not quite ripe gravenstein apples... Yumm!

Lori"

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gongalski
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"This is the first pie I have ever made and it is amazing! The orange juice in the crust is awesome! Best crust I've ever had."

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kedi
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"looks good - cut down on sugar if too sweet"

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KJ1
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2008

"I'm gonna have to try this one soon!!!"

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Arlyne Welch
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2008

"Re: Upside-Down Apple Pie

What a disapointment! Was Way too sweet and crusts were soggy. I even baked it l0 min. longer than directions, but apples not quite done. Not worth the work involved."

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Miss Sarah
Reviewed May. 13, 2008

"Every time I've made this pie it's been a big hit! I even won a blue ribbon for it at a pie contest a few days ago. :) Great recipe!"

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