Papa's apple cardamom pie

By • September 13, 2010 8 Comments

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Author Notes: This is my father's best and favorite fall pie. When he first made it for me, it was devoured in minutes. It's his pie, his recipe, he gets full marks for it... I'm just glad he showed me how to make it and I can now share it!Culinista Annouchka

Serves 1 pie

  • Pie dough, enough for 2 standard pie dishes (homemade with french butter for best results
  • 3-4 large Cortland apples, peeled, cored & sliced
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground almonds
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Calvados
  • 1/4 cup butter, diced in small cubes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat the oven at 375F. Butter a pie dish and roll the dough into 2 disks of 1/2 inch thick. Place one of the disks on top of the pie dish
  2. Mix together the sugar, maple syrup (or sugar), cardamom, ground almonds, nutmeg, cinnamon. Set aside
  3. Mix the apples and the Calvados together
  4. Place 1/2 the spice mixture as a thin layer on the dough, then place 1/2 the apples. Repeat with the rest of the spice mix and the apples. Cover the apples, dot with the small butter cubes and top with the 2nd pie disk. Seal the pie bottom & top together with a fork and cut a slit on the top layer. Brush the egg wash over the pie (you can also sprinkle with sugar if desired)
  5. Place in the oven for 35 go 45 minutes, let cool and feast!

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almost 5 years ago Midnite Baker

Love all the spices and will have to give it a try. Although, I am not a pie maker. Could you explain the term "with french butter"? Thanks for replying and your papa's recipe.


almost 5 years ago Sunchowder

I love that this is your father's recipe!!!


almost 5 years ago Culinista Annouchka

Yes I love family recipes!


almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yes, the cardamom sounds great!!


almost 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love your use of apples and cardamom along with traditional spices! Thanks for sharing your father's recipe - it looks just wonderful.


almost 5 years ago Culinista Annouchka

My dad is very flattered from all the attention!! He says "merci!"


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Very Tasty! Thanks for sharing your father's pie; Cortland was a plant breeders result of crossing with the McIntosh, an apple I can easily find around here, I may try with that if Cortland is not available.


almost 5 years ago Culinista Annouchka

Yes I'm sure substituting for another type of apple will not ruin this pie! Happy baking!