Gus McCall's winning apple pie recipe, just in time for the holidays

Making apple pie for your holiday gatherings? You can't go wrong with Gus McCall's award-winning recipe he "borrowed" from his dad to enter in the best apple pie kid division at last year's Apple Festival in Hendersonville. He won first place and he was 13 years old at the time. McCall's family owns Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville.

Daddy's winning apple pie recipe by Gus McCall


2 pounds Crimson Crisp apples

2 pounds Honey Crisp apples

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 package Pillsbury sheet pie crusts

1 egg white

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Peel and cut apples into 1/2 inch thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and flour. Melt butter in a 10 inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and place one pie crust in a skillet over brown sugar mixture. Add apple mix to pie crust and lay a second sheet of pie crust on top. Cut slits in the top layer of crust. Bake at 350°F for about one hour, cover with aluminum foil during the last 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving.

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