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German Apple Pie

I live in a big apple-producing state, so I think this recipe represents our region well. I tasted this pie many years ago when my children's babysitter made it. I asked for the recipe and have made it many times since.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in the shortening until crumbly. Add vanilla. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of pie plate; flute edges.
  • For filling, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle 3 tablespoons into crust. Layer with half of the apples; sprinkle with half of the remaining sugar mixture. Repeat layers. Pour cream over all.
  • Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° bake for 55-60 minutes or until apples are tender. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 459 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • rosetyler18
    Dec 14, 2015

    I might not eat alot of pies, but this is one of the best pies I have ever tasted in my entire life

  • khegeman
    Mar 2, 2015

    I don't like many fruit pies, but I love this pie. This has become my families favorite apple pie.

  • cathydec
    Nov 8, 2013

    great taste

  • apowlst
    Apr 19, 2013

    This is the easiest apple pie I have ever made, fabulous each time, very moist. Never fail recipe

  • maryanlibrarian
    Jan 27, 2013

    Creamy and delicious! I was a little unsure about this but it is my husband's favorite apple pie now!

  • brodie123
    Jan 7, 2012

    This pie was creamy and very tasty. Don't fill too full or it will bubble over and cream will burn on edges of crust.

  • Khasaundra
    Nov 28, 2011

    No comment left

  • sspillett
    Nov 21, 2011

    Pie is very good took it to a block party and it was a hit. It is now my favorite apple pie recipe.

  • HPAdamson
    Nov 20, 2011

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  • Corrydon
    Feb 20, 2011

    Oh boy, this is GOOD! Used my own pie crust: 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup shortening, 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar (mixed with the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract) and 1-2 Tablespoons cold water. ( The liquid amount changes with the weather and today I didn't need any water at all. Once I add the vinegar mixture I mix it with a fork then add additional water only if it doesn't hold together.) After that I followed the recipe exactly (took only 3 apples to make 6 cups) and baked it an additional 5 minutes - 10 at 400° and 65 at 350°. Perfect!