Presidential Apple Pie


Presidential Apple Pie

Presidential Apple Pie
Presidential Apple Pie

This Presidential Apple Pie is so divine and beautifully-crafted, it's fit for the very best. Made classically-delicious with ingredients you already love, and a little added pizzaz where presentation is concerned, this recipe was inspired by an actual white house chef. Fancy that! This stunning pie gets its reputation from the crust, which requires your time and attention. Trust us, it’s worth it! Plan to make this on a day when you have plenty of time, and allow about 4 hours for preparation steps (which can be done on two different days if necessary). You'll also need to allow another 2 hours for the pie to cool completely before serving. This pie pulls out all the stops for a familiar dessert that will turn heads when it's set on the table. Impress your friends and family with old fashioned charm and heavenly taste when you make this apple pie for a party or holiday. This is a great alternative for a Thanksgiving dessert that will make forget all about that traditional pumpkin pie.

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Yields1 large pie; Serves 8-10

Preparation Time4 hr

Chilling Time1 hr 30 min

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • Pie Crust
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 6 7 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (coarse pastry sugar if available)
  • Pie Filling
  • 3 pounds apples (Gala, Granny Smith or McIntosh or a combo)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon


  1. Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse once or twice. Cut butter into small cubes and pulse into the flour about 20 seconds, until butter is the size of small peas.

  2. With the machine running, add water a tablespoon at a time until the dough just begins to hold together; do not overmix.

  3. Divide dough into two equal size portions and form into 5-inch discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or longer.

  4. Remove dough from refrigerator for 10 minutes, then place one disc on a lightly floured board. Roll into a 14-inch circle, slide onto a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Repeat with the second disc, placing it also on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap or parchment and chill 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and prepare the filling: Core and peel the apples and cut into wedges. Place into a large bowl with the sugar, cornstarch and honey. Add vanilla, cinnamon and lemon zest and juice and toss to coat the apples well. Let stand 20 minutes.

  6. In a large saucepan, bring the apple mixture to a boil, then lower heat to medium and stir and cook until mixture thickens slightly and apples begin to become tender, about 10 minutes, scraping the bottom frequently so the mixture does not stick to the pan. Remove from heat and allow to cool while pre-baking the crust.

  7. Carefully place one of the rolled out crusts into a lightly greased 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Trim the edges to within inch of the edge of the pie plate, line the interior with foil and use pie weights to fill the crust. Bake for 30 minutes - the edges should be lightly browned and the bottom beginning to look dry. Remove pie weights and foil and allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

  8. Fill the pie with the cooked filling. Whisk the egg and salt together and brush the edges of the crust well. Remove the remaining rolled out dough from the refrigerator and slide it onto the top of the pie, trimming the edges to the same size as the bottom crust. Press the two crusts together very firmly with the tines of a fork to seal. Cut 10-12 slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Brush the top with some of the remaining egg and salt mixture, sprinkle the sugar over the top and bake about 35 minutes until the top crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling.

  9. Cool for 2 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

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Is it possible to have a favorite pie? Each one is better than the one before or the next one to come.

Apple pie is my absolute favorite for every holiday or no occasion at all but I have yet to perfect my pie crust. This looks and sounds exactly how a pie crust should be and the filling sounds good too but I think I prefer using half brown sugar and half regular sugar instead of the honey and, personally love adding a few chopped walnuts in the mix for texture.

The best part about this pie was definitely the crust. Perfectly flaky and just the right amount of sweetness. Make this if you want to impress your guests!

Loved the crust, but I thought the filling could be a little sweeter or more flavorful.

The filling was maybe a tad too sweet and gelatin-like for me, but the chunks of apple and the crust were delicious!

A yummy, unexpected take on apple pie. It was a lot like an apple tart. The flavor was fresh and tart, but the filling was more dry than most apple pies- not the usual goopy "pie filling" consistency.

Doesn't matter what side of the political fence you are on - this pie is great. Big, chunky apple pieces surrounded by a flaky crust. What more could you want?! Thumbs up.


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