Light Apple Pie Recipe + Apple Picking Traditions + Recipe for Gluten Free Baked Apple

Every year we go apple picking in September or October. One of our favorite orchards has dwarf apple trees, which has been nice with little kids. Though next year we may be able to graduate to an orchard with normal sized trees since our kids are getting taller.

Photo of an Apple Orchard

One treat we make after apple picking is home-made apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Last year I posted a recipe for a delicious recipe for apple pie that had lots of cinnamon. This year we made a light pie, with less sugar. This recipe has more of a lemon flavor, which we surprisingly liked a lot! The same night we had the pie, my son’s friend ate over. His friend can’t eat gluten. So I made for him a baked apple with cinnamon sugar. I’ll post both recipes below.

Photo of an Apple Pie

Apple Pie Recipe

2 Frozen Pie Crusts
8-10 small to medium Apples (7-8 cups sliced)
2 1/2 t. Lemon Juice
1/4 t. Grated Lemon Rind
1/3 c. Sugar
1/4 t. Salt

Mix to Sprinkle on Top
2 t. Sugar
1/8 t. Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Take out the 2 frozen pie crusts. Turn one of the pie crusts out of its pan and onto wax paper. Leave the other in its pan. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/4 inch slices. You should have 7 to 8 cups of apple slices. Then mix the apples with the sugar, lemon juice, lemon rind and salt.

Pour apple mixture into the pie crust that’s in the pan. Wet the rim of the crust with a little water. Gently place the second crust over the pie, trying to match up the ends of the bottom crust and the top crust. With a fork, press down around the ends of the crust, pressing the 2 crusts together. Make four neat slits on the top crust to allow the steam to escape. Sprinkle mixture of 2 t. sugar and 1/8 t. cinnamon on top of pie.

Place a cookie sheet, covered with aluminum foil, under the pie. Bake for 15 minutes at 425°F.

Reduce oven heat to 375°F and cook for about 45 more minutes. The pie is done when the apples feel tender when poked with a butter knife.

If the crust is starting to get too dark at any point during baking, you can put aluminum foil loosely around the edges of the pie crust to prevent it from burning.

To reheat the pie later on: After the pie has cooled you can reheat it in a 325°F oven for about 15 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


This baked apple was extremely easy to make. My son’s friend loved it. Though I have a confession to make: it’s filled with sugar and cinnamon.

Photo of Baked Apple

Gluten Free Baked Apple

2 Apples
1/8 cup Brown Sugar
1/8 cup White Granulated Sugar
1/2 – 1 t. Cinnamon (to taste depending on who’s eating it)

-Mix the brown sugar, the white sugar and the cinnamon.
-Horizontally cut off the top 3/4″ of the top of the apple and set to the side (this top you can put back on for cooking).
-Core the apple.
-Put the sugar mixture into the apples and then cover with the apple tops.
-Wrap the apples in aluminum foil and bake on 375F for about 20-25 minutes, until soft.

Take off tops and serve in bowls with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

If there’s any sugar mixture left over you can use it for the top of the apple pie.

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2 Responses to “Light Apple Pie Recipe + Apple Picking Traditions + Recipe for Gluten Free Baked Apple”

  1. Aya Says:

    I like Apples. So nice posting.Thank. You.

  2. Aya Says:

    Looks so yummy.!! Great.

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