Ree’s Dreamy Apple Pie

Winter driving is new to me.  I didn’t drive until I was 18, and then my car stayed at home all through college.  It was only on the rare occasion over winter breaks where Mother Nature graced us with a fresh coat of snow that I even experienced a bit of what winter driving entails.  Today I had the pleasure (sarcasm alert!) of driving back to school after a moderate winter storm, and while it could have been much worse it still meant two hours of white-knuckle-driving and an excess of curse words.  At one point I tried to stop and slid a terrifying four to five feet before finally stopping just short of the SUV in front of me.  About 50% of my excessive curse words were said in that five seconds of slippage.

It also was exceedingly windy, which made for a wonderful time on the highway.  I have a taller car, and the entire time I felt like my car was going to blow away like a scene out of The Wizard of Oz.  I’m pretty sure I tempted fate at least twice by the time I got back to Champaign.


After the drive from hell, I would have really loved a slice of this apple pie.  I used to never like apple pie.  I thought it was boring next to its more adventuresome pie cousins, like french silk or Oreo cream, not to mention lemon supreme.  Don’t even get me started on my love for lemon supreme pie.  I mean, it literally states its superiority in its name.

This apple pie is a game changer, though.  A cross between a pie and an apple crumble, this pie takes the the best features from both desserts and creates something truly unique, and has pushed its way to the top spot in my pie ranking.

Step aside, Lemon Supreme, there’s a new supreme in town.


Side note – I just searched a good fifteen minutes for that “supreme” GIF.  I really need school to start up again.

Dreamy Apple Pie


1 whole unbaked pie crust

For the fillings:

3 large apples, cored and sliced thinly

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp flour

1 cup heavy cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp cinnamon

For the topping:

7 tbsp butter

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup pecans

dash of salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put the apple slices in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix together the cream, brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tbsp flour, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Pour into the bowl with the apples and mix until the apples are coated.  Put the apples in the pie crust.

For the topping, combine the butter, flour, sugar, pecans, and salt.  Pour on top of the pie, pressing down gently.

Cover the unbaked pie with foil loosely.  Place the pie on a rimmed cookie sheet (some of the filling will probably ooze out during baking) and bake for one hour.  Take off the foil, and let bake for another 15-20 minutes.  The pie is fully baked when it is bubbly and golden brown on top.

Source:  The Pioneer Woman

8 thoughts on “Ree’s Dreamy Apple Pie

  1. I have to tell you, I thoroughly enjoy your GIFs so I’m glad you spent that 15 minutes searching for it. They always make me laugh. 🙂

    Also, I love Ree and everything she makes so this recipe can only be a winner!

    And finally, I remember the first time I drove in wintery road conditions and it was pretty terrifying. Actually, scratch that. It’s STILL terrifying when it happens. We so seldom have ice on the roads here (maybe once or twice a year) so I never really get a chance to get the hang of it before it all clears up. Yucky weather. I’m glad you made it back okay!

    • Thank you!!! I have to admit – I get a pretty big kick out of the GIFs too.

      I’m lucky (or maybe unlucky) that we get pretty serious winters here, so I’m sure after just a few weeks this year I’ll be pretty well-versed in winter driving. With that said, though, I can’t wait for spring to get here!

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