This Paper Bag Apple Pie is so amazing and so simple to make. A little scoop of ice cream and drizzle of caramel sauce and you have an amazing dessert.
Apple pie baked. . . how?
Yes, in a paper bag!
Are you asking why?
Because it turns into the most amazing pie ever with a glorious flaky crust, and perfectly cooked apple filling.
I think the smell of apple pie baking is one of the most amazing, comforting and heart warming smells ever.
If I could, I’d bake an apple pie every single day just so my house would have that heavenly scent. But that would be an awful lot of pie to eat, so I’ll just have to settle with my candle warmers doing the job.
Anyway, this pie is one of my all time favorite apple pies ever. I remember the first time I made it, I was so intrigued by the fact that you bake in a paper bag. I wasn’t sure how it was going to crisp up baking inside the bag, but it does and it’s delicious, and fabulous, and ridiculously good. Just look at that yummy topping.
If you have a pie crust phobia, no need to worry because I promise this crust is so simple to make. There is no rolling required. You just combined all the ingredients and press it into the pie plate. Easy peasy! And it is the most flaky, delicious crust.
This has been my go-to apple pie for years. It’s not complicated, it’s incredible and the gooey mess from it bubbling over stays in the bag (lol!).
Isn’t that the most beautiful thing? The streusel topping bakes up nice and golden brown. It’s sweet, buttery and soooo fabulous!
You’ll want to devour this entire pie all by yourself. Well, at least I wanted to. And if the pie wasn’t good enough on it’s own, I had to go add a scoop of vanilla ice cream (duh, no brainer) and caramel sauce. . . I’m speechless.
With the holidays just around the corner, you need this pie in your life. Your family will thank you (or me).
One last thing, the originial name of this pie is Apple Pie En Papillotte. In French, en papillotte means a method of cooking where the food is put into a folded pouch or parcel and then baked. I decided that name is just waaaay to fancy and hard to pronounce so I just call it Paper Bag Apple Pie.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons cold milk
- 6 cups peeled , sliced apples
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt, oil and milk together with a pastry blender until crumbly (you can also use a food processor). Press into a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
Filling: In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well and pour into the pie shell.
Topping: Using a pastry blender or food processor, combine the flour, sugar and cold butter. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly on top of pie. Carefully place the entire pie into a large paper bag and seal with staples or paper clips. Carefully place on a large cookie sheet and bake for 90 minutes.
Carefully remove the pie from the paper bag (you can use scissors to cut the top of the bag open or just remove the staples/paper clips and carefully pull it out from the opening.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from A Pinch of Salt Lake Cookbook (one of my favs!)