Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Brown Bag Apple Pie and Father's Day

To this day my husband will tell you it was this pie that won me his heart. Now there might have been a little part of me that was trying hard to win it, but nonetheless, I succeeded! But still, I too give credit to this golden gem of a pie. I think there's something magical about the way it bakes as the paper bag holds in all the apple and cinnamon flavors. And the smell as it bakes is smokey and sweet. 

Don't get me wrong, the first time I baked this I was checking the oven every two minutes thinking the bag would erupt in flames, but that has never happened. The oven temp is 425, so by Bradbury's rules we're safe! 

So in honor of father's day I baked this pie especially for my husband. We enjoyed the day cooking out with my family and then the boys left for the golf course. Jason couldn't have asked for a better day. Family, 18 holes, and brown bag apple pie. It was a good day.

 This little contraption makes the prep time go about 5x faster, no joke! It's an apple/potato peeler that can be found at any kitchen store. 

 It's so easy to make the crust right in the pie plate. No rolling out dough!

 Once you add the wet ingredients you start by mixing with a fork.

 Kole likes to "help" me. I'll take it.

 Not going to lie...it's hard to resist snacking on the apples once they're all coated!

 Then you soften the butter to make the top crust. 

 Then it goes in the paper bag and gets stapled up.

 You just have to make sure the bag isn't touching any parts of the oven.

 This is my favorite part! 

 I swear this pie comes out perfect every time. It's not fancy, just easy!

 Dad was a happy camper.

 Sonja too. First taste of apple pie, she loved it!

If you're interested the recipe is at the end of the post. Let me know if you have any questions about it! Enjoy!

Here are just a few more snapshots from our Father's Day!

Brown Bag Apple Pie

Remove one oven rack so only the bottom rack remains. Preheat oven to 425.

1 and 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 T milk

Mix and pat in pie plate

6 large apples peeled and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 T flour

Coat apples and put into pie crust

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter slightly melted 

Mix and then crumble onto the top of the pie

Open a large brown paper bag on top of a cookie sheet. Place pie plate in the bag and staple shut. Carefully carry the cookie sheet and place in the oven making sure no part of the bag is touching the oven.

Bake for one hour at 425. 


  1. I absolutely loved your Father's Day post. I sat there reading it at 11 last night, and each picture made my mouth water a little bit more! I thought there was no way you would share such an amazing recipe. So imagine my delight when you did! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life!

    1. Thanks Alissa, I hope you can try it out sometime, it's a winner!

  2. Thank you for sharing your Father's Day with us. Love the pictures. I used to make homemade apple pie all the time, but never in a paper bag. My next apple pie making day, I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your family.

    1. No problem Layla. Glad you enjoyed it. Don't be making a pie anytime soon, you got lots to do! :)

  3. I love seeing all the pictures of your adorable kids. I don't know how you tear yourself away from them to come to class. I will definitely be getting an apple/potato peeler now. That is my very least favorite cooking/baking task. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I think I got my peeler at Bed Bath & Beyond. It was $15 I think. I love it!

  4. So Beautiful!!! Your story about winning your husbands heart via the apple pie is very cute. I love how you embedded so many gorgeous pictures of your children and the deletable apple pie. I wish I could print the pie and eat it. I'm definitely trying this unique recipe. Where did you find it?

    1. 3D printing is up and coming! The recipe is from my mom. She's been making this pie for as long as I can remember.

  5. Wow JeanaLe! I love everything about your blog! You have just the right amount of text and pictures. I'm not a baker at all, but I really want to try the apple pie, mostly because of the bag-thing...that makes it a little fun and scary. I'm looking forward to your future posts.