Cooking With TechyDad: Apple Pie

It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Cooking With TechyDad segment.  It’s not that I haven’t been cooking.  I’ve just been sticking to tried and true (and somewhat boring) recipes.  Picking 39 pounds of apples gives me the perfect excuse to try something new.  We had some frozen pie crust in our freezer so I figured this would be the perfect time to try making an apple pie.

First, I collected my ingredients: apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and salt.


Next, I peeled and sliced the apples.

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After this, I added the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and lemon juice.

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After mixing, I had my pie filling.


My pie crust had been defrosting during this, so I put the apples into the shell and topped it with another defrosted crust.

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It didn’t look the best, but I knew that looks only matter so much.  I made a few slits on the top and into the oven it went.  Before long, the pie was done.  I was actually surprised at how good it looked.

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Our mouths were watering.  Just look at that delicious crust.


After the pie cooled, I sliced into it and… disaster!  The apples had released their juices, flooded the pie, and soaked the bottom crust.


Taking the first slice out, the slice fell apart.


Obviously, I needed some kind of thickening agent in the filling.  Something to bind or thicken the juices so they didn’t just flood the pie.  The pie tasted terrific, don’t get me wrong, but next time I try this, I’ll tweak the recipe a bit to improve the results.  And, with over 15 pounds of apples left, I will definitely have the chance to try this again.

Have you ever made an apple pie?  How did you avoid a pie flood?


  • Aubrey

    I am not a big crust eater anyway so I think it turned out perfect. 😉

  • Jen

    Funny that I came here, not through your wife’s blog, which I read, but through another source. Anyway. The coating I use on my apples has flour in it (maybe a 1/4 cup?). I’ve never had a runny pie. I also tend to use green apples though which don’t break down easily. Good luck on the next pie.
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  • Jess

    You need flour in your pie. Melt a stick of butter, add 3 tbsp flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, and half a cup of water. bring to a boil while stirring and you’ll have a caramel sauce. Toss the apples in the sauce and you have your pie filling. 🙂