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.