Wash apples and remove core. Thinly slice apples. (Thick apple chunks will take longer to soften in the oven and may cause your pie crust to burn before the apples get soft.)
If you're making your own crust, prepare the crust in your pie dish.
Put half of the apple slices in pie pan; sprinkle with half of the dry ingredients (1 t. sugar, 1 t. flour, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. nutmeg). Put remaining apple slices on top, sprinkle with remaining dry ingredients (1 t. sugar, 1 t. flour, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. nutmeg). Sprinkle 1 t. vanilla extract over top.
Place pastry top on top of pie and use fingers to press pie edges together. Remove excess pie crust. (Eat or discard, I love to eat it but "technically" you're not suppose to because it's not cooked yet.)
Cut several slits in the top to allow heat to escape.
Bake 15 minutes at 425°, reduce heat to 350° and bake 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender. Poke apples with a fork to test for tenderness. If crust is getting too brown, cover with foil.
*The apples make the pie, so get a really flavorful apple. I really like the gala, fuji, or pink lady apples.
I prefer a nice warm pie with frozen vanilla yogurt on top. Frozen yogurt tastes the same as ice cream (depending on the brand), and is much better for you. I prefer Edy's Frozen Yogurt. If you get it at Target it's half the price as Harris Teeter. And of course there are other delicious flavors you can try as well. The frozen yogurt still has a decent amount of sugar in it to give it a delicious flavor, but yogurt has many benefits for the body including good bacteria that help the stomach.
For this recipe I have included a store-bought pie because it's delicious and super easy. I buy them when they're half-off so it's hard to beat the price. But for those that want to be even healthier, I will include a homemade crust recipe in a future post.
Servings: 1 pie
Prep and Cooking Time: 15 minutes prep; 50 minutes cook time