Saturday, December 3, 2011

Iron Skillet Apple Pie Recipe

Funerals receptions are a time to remember, a time to grieve, and a time to share your best dishes.  Last week at the luncheon following my grandmother's funeral, the ladies from her church in Millington, Maryland  lovingly served fried chicken, ham, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, a variety of jello salads, and a table full of home baked sweets.  Before the preacher had even said grace, a kind lady who was helping to serve the food found my father peering at the desserts. She pointed out a pie that was baked in an iron skillet and advised him to grab a slice because it would surely be gone by the time he was done his meal.  He took her advice and sat his piece of Iron Skillet Apple Pie next to his place at our table.

A little later my father-in-law approached the desserts area.   As he was perusing the caramel cake and white potato pie, another nice woman asked him what he would like.  He replied that he favors apple pie.  She pointed in the direction of the iron skillet and he served himself the last slice.  It seems that in my grandmother's town this pie is not only delicious, but it also has a reputation - a good reputation! 

I came to hear about this apple pie while I was enjoying my meal.   A family friend stopped by our table to say hello, offer her condolences, and ask us if we got any of that skillet apple pie.  My dad proudly said, "Yes!" as he gestured to his piece that was patiently waiting next to his overflowing plate.  Of course, being one who is always on the hunt for unique and scrumptious recipes, I took my fork and dived right into my father's precious slice of Iron Skillet Apple Pie.  My bite was so delicious that I immediately headed to the dessert table only to find an empty iron skillet that had been scraped clean of all its apple caramel goodness.  

My mother tracked down the recipe for me so I could share it with my family back in Texas.  They were equally as impressed with this unique and delicious pie.  We all love the crisp texture of the crust that floats on a layer of sweet caramel and encases a heap of soft and flavorful apples.  Next to a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream it is heavenly.   It is also easy to prepare and portable.

The pain of my grandmother's death is still fresh.  I know she is greatly missed by many people including her family, her friends, and her community, but I also know that her legacy of family, friendship, and food remains.  Next to my desk I have a stack of handwritten recipe cards and stained cookbooks that are a part of my inheritance from her.   Over the next months I will remember and I will grieve as I sort though them.  I will also add the recipe for Iron Skillet Apple Pie to this precious collection.

Iron Skillet Apple Pie
          from Southern Living 

for the pie filling:
2 pounds Granny Smith apples
2 pounds Braeburn apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar

for the crust:
1 package Pillsbury pie crust (2 crusts)
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons white sugar

1 10 inch cast iron skillet
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Peal apples and cut into 1/2 inch chunks.  Toss apples with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 3/4 cup white sugar.  Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add brown sugar and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.  
  4. Removed iron skillet from heat.  Gently place bottom crust into skillet.  Spoon apple mixture into bottom crust.
  5. Add top crust.  Crimp edges with a fork.  Brush top crust with egg white and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons white sugar.   Cut 5 slits in top crust.
  6. Bake pie in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until edges are bubbly, top crust is brown, and a knife easily inserts into the center of the pie.
  7. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Tip:   Place a baking sheet covered with foil on the rack below the pie while it cooks as the juices from the pie will drip down as it bakes.

Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Peal and cut the apples in chunks.  Toss with cinnamon and sugar.
Melt the butter over medium heat.

Add brown sugar to the melted butter.

Stir the melted butter and brown sugar constantly for a few minutes.

Remove skillet from heat and gently place the crust in the bottom.
It will float on top of the butter and brown sugar mixture.
Crust will not go over the edges of the pan like it does with a regular pie plate.

Add the apple mixture.

Add the top crust, crimp the edges with a fork, and brush with egg white.

Cut slits in top crust and sprinkle with white sugar.
Carefully place pie in preheated oven.
Be careful skillet is very hot.

Remove from oven and begin the arduous task of waiting for it to cool.

Hide the last slice to enjoy straight from the pan with a cup of hot coffee!

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  1. Delicious looking apple pie! I love the rustic quality of it being cooked in a cast iron skillet! The picture of the last piece in the pan looks so good.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi! Stopping by from Chef in Training. This amazing! I wish I had a good cast iron skillet.. I would make it tomorrow if I did! Thanks for the recipe.. and Im adding skillet to my Christmas list. Hehe :)

    If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party going on now :)

  3. Oh wow! I love finding new apple recipes as a way of dealing with the galillion ( yes, I know that is a lot) pounds of apples that we harvest from our apple tree each year. AND I love cooking with cast iron, so this looks like a winner to me!! And if is as good as all of that we may be thanking your grandma too. So sorry for your loss, it is so lovely of you to carry her memory on in this way.

  4. Mmmmm. Definitely have to make this!

  5. Oh my, this sounds wonderful & I do have a cast iron skillet...I'm making this!! I'm visiting from Miz Helen's.

  6. this looks delish I'd love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at

  7. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother and I am sure she will love that you found such a wonderful recipe at her funeral of all places :)

    Now as for that pie OH my does it look sooooo good, I am making this immediately. I pinned the recipe.

    I hope you will stop by my blog next week I am hosting a Holiday Treats week with linky all week long.

  8. Oh, I am so sorry that you have lost your grandmother, but finding a treasure of a recipe like this at her funeral is part of her lasting legacy. I can just tell that you will make this many more times in the years ahead, and I know that I will too - I just can't wait to try it.
    Sue :-)

  9. Hi Heidi,
    What an awesome Apple Pie, I just love that it is made in the Iron Skillet. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. That looks so beautiful - I can just imagine serving this on Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing at last week's Taking A Timeout Thursday party. Hope to see you again this week :)

    -Trish @ Mom On Timeout

  11. Hi Heidi! Thank you for joining my party. This skillet apple pie looks wonderful! I am sure your grandmother would be so proud. I am sorry for your loss.
    ~Kara (following you too :)

  12. I found you over at Petals to Picots and this is by far one of my favorite posts so far (I couldn't resist pinning it here: I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I lost mine two years ago and I still miss her terribly. Your grandmother's funeral reception sounds as though one made with love. Hugs to you as you grieve.

  13. Sounds so so good! 1 question though. Do you beat the egg white or just spread it on like it is?

  14. Thank you all for your kind words and condolences. Natalie, good question! Yes, lightly beat the egg white before brushing over the crust. I added that to the recipe. Happy New Year!

  15. First time baking: thanks to you, my apple pie was edible, it didn't look like your picture, but I'm patient and don't give up easily. THANKS!

  16. Heidi, this was my first visit to your blog (through a search for apple pie recipes), and this apple pie was my first ever. It came out perfectly! Your recipe (and especially the photos) made this so easy to create...I feel like I can tackle more baking now!

  17. I'm on vacation and my plan to bake individual apple pies in the apples didn't pan out (tiny apples). So, finding a cast iron skillet in the rental's kitchen I searched for and found your recipe and instructions and made your wonderful pie. I'm totally renaming this OMG Skillet Apple Pie and will be posting on my blog with links back to you.

  18. can you use a pie crust made from scratch? if yes what recipe of pie crust you tried with the skillet?


    1. 2 cups flower, 2/3 cup lard and 3 to 5 tablespoons of ice cold water

    2. Just put one in the oven. My six year old granddaughter helped me so I know it has to come out good!