Papa's Apple Cardamom Pie

September 13, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 1 pie
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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8 Reviews

Midnite B. October 10, 2010
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.
Sunchowder September 15, 2010
I love that this is your father's recipe!!!
Culinista A. September 16, 2010
Yes I love family recipes!
mrslarkin September 14, 2010
Yes, the cardamom sounds great!!
TheWimpyVegetarian September 14, 2010
I love your use of apples and cardamom along with traditional spices! Thanks for sharing your father's recipe - it looks just wonderful.
Culinista A. September 14, 2010
My dad is very flattered from all the attention!! He says "merci!"
lapadia September 13, 2010
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.
Culinista A. September 13, 2010
Yes I'm sure substituting for another type of apple will not ruin this pie! Happy baking!