it will always remind me of my Gram.
This is one of my favorite vintage photos with Gramma at a family beach house in Marshfield, Massachusetts sometime in the late ’70s. How hilarious is it that my brothers and I all have various lengths of the same haircut?
My Gramma was Eliza Gavigan Tunney and I am happy to share the same Gaelic name with her:
Eilis, pronounced el-leesh.
I was the twelfth of her fifteen grandchildren and I will always remember what a wonderful cook she was. She had a natural ability with food, and I think of her often as I work in my kitchen. How I wish I could see her method for putting together a Thanksgiving turkey or what ingredients she put into her yummy apple pies.
Now let me just tell you that I have made lots of pies but they never come close to the taste of hers. That amazing pie exists only in my memory. I have tried so many different recipes over the years but this is the only one that really knocks my socks off – I would have to say it’s the closest that I think I’ll ever get to Gramma’s perfection! And the best part – this is a grandmother’s recipe! Not my grandmother, but another treasured grandmother – whose memory lives on in her rockin apple pie!!
This recipe is adapted from Apple Pie by Grandma Ople. Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie is the #1 apple pie recipe at allrecipes.com, earning 5 out of 5 stars, reviewed over 4,000 times and saved by over 116,000 people! I incorporated some minor changes from commenters and while my end result doesn’t look so beautiful the taste was divine….even with store-bought crusts (gasp!!) (Sorry Gramma! I’ll make homemade crusts next time and try to make the top look a little more presentable.)
This apple pie recipe basically calls for making a syrup with butter & sugar that is added to the apples, and also spread on the top of the crust.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
- Place the bottom crust in your pan. Brush with egg white (this prevents the crust from getting soggy when baked.)
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the butter/sugar syrup. Add apples to remaining syrup and toss to coat.
- Fill bottom crust with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with second crust.
- Brush top crust with reserved syrup. Make sure the syrup is still warm before spreading or it will clump.
- Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
What food conjures up a fond memory for you?
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What a delightful post!!
So true how food is intertwined with our memories. I'll always remember my Italian grandma and all of her delicious food. That 70's picture is a classic…I think I had the same hair-do.
I love your stories! That looks like THE BEST apple pie!! I really would love a slice Lisa!!
I love the shirt you are sporting in the pic….Wow Lisa! 🙂
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Your story about your grandmother was so touching and reminded me of my own. Whenever I'd help my grandmother bake an apple pie, she'd always make me a little apple turnover with the leftover apples and crust as a treat for helping her 🙂
Your pies and memories made my day. I was also close with my grandma. Makes me think of her today. Although she was not a good cook lol
What a beautiful story:) Love those haircuts! And for sure trying out that pie!
Wonderful post! Grammy looks so happy in that picture! No kidding, I had a Dorthy Hamill hair cut too….I should post a picture, that would be too funny! I was thirteen when I had mine, I think I was in 8th grade. Great memories!
What a sweet post and yes, many family memories are created around food. I am making an apple crisp this weekend, but now I'm wondering if I should try this recipe instead.
How cool was your gram!!! I LOVE apple pie and will make this for Thanksgiving. Thank YOU
I also love that Buffy is in the pic! Xoxoxoxo
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