This is a wonderful, unique pie recipe I’ve made for Christmas Eve dinner for the last couple of years. It is becoming a solid tradition because my husband can’t do without it after the big dinner.

It is sweet and tart at the same time and utterly fulfilling after a heavy meal. I have to confess, though, I am tragically horrible at making pie crust. I tried a new pie crust for this pie with a simple recipe list of flour, salt, crisco and ice water.

I usually make my pie crust with butter because I like the flavor but our company for Christmas Eve dinner has dairy allergies and I wanted to accommodate them…hence this pie crust.

It was actually really flaky and tender, but it was lacking the flavor I like. So I’m still on the hunt for a great pie crust, if anyone has any suggestions, PLEASE send them my way. The butter pie crust I usually use is hard to roll out and I usually end up cursing the entire time. Incidentally, the pie crust I used this time had some hefty tearing issues also, hence the cutout hearts adorning the top of the crust.

Each heart is hiding some major flaw and I need some extreme practice with pie crusts. Overall, though, this pie is so delicious it hides whatever is lacking in my crust, which is a good thing. Serve with ice cream and…well, it COULD almost be a complete meal in itself. Pretend I didn’t just say that…I have no ethics when it comes to eating dessert for dinner.

Apple Raspberry Pie






  • 2 3/4 pounds assorted baking apples (such as Rome, Cortland or Golden Delicious), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 12 ounces fresh or thawed frozen raspberries, well drained if frozen
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Sugar, for sprinkling
  • 1 recipe for double crust pie dough (here is a good, easy one)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Stir apples, raspberries, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 disk of dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into a 12-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Fill with apple mixture. Dot with butter.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining disk of dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into a 12-inch round. Drape over filling. Trim overhang to 1 inch. Press edges to seal. Fold overhang under, and crimp as desired. Make five 3-inch slits in top crust. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  4. Whisk egg yolk and cream in a bowl; brush over top crust. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until crust is golden and juices are bubbling, 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. Place foil on rack below to catch juices. Tent pie with foil if browning too quickly. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool 4 hours (up to overnight).

Recipe Source: adapted from Martha Stewart

6 Responses to Apple Raspberry Pie

  1. Bonni says:

    Melanie, I am new to your web-site but just loving every bit of it! Thanks for sharing your recipes – which all sound really good. I too am one to make/bake everything from scratch. I usually make my crust from Crisco or Spectrum organic Shortening – which is Non-hydrogenated (better for you). I have trouble with the butter recipe as well. The Spectrum all vegetable shortening isn’t as flaky as the Crisco but better for us.

  2. Melanie says:

    Cassandra – sorry, the recipe was a bit confusing. Pate Brisee is a fancy name for pie dough. I’ve edited the recipe to be a bit more user-friendly.

  3. Cassandra says:

    What is pate brisee? And how do you use it in this recipe. I don’t see it in the instructions.

  4. Melanie says:

    Jen – I hope you check back here to see my reply! And hello – I would LOVE your pie crust recipe. I was just thinking today I’ve still got to conquer my fear of making pie crusts. They turn out ok but I want them to be AWESOME and I need to get more confidence in pie making. So send it to me, if you don’t mind! You can email it: [email protected].Also, on the pizza crust, no kneading! That’s the beauty of it. I’ll leave a comment on that post, too, just in case you check there.

  5. Merianne says:

    Mel, you are the most amazing wife/mother I have ever met. I can’t believe the time you spend on some of these meals you make. Hopefully one day, when I’m not working full time, I’ll be able to spoil my husband like you spoil yours. I am so impressed!

  6. jen says:

    Melanie – I just sent a post about kneading the slow-rise pizza dough but I just thought that now that I know how to leave a comment that I would tell you that I have a pie crust recipe that I really love if you are interested. It uses butter and has never torn for me when rolling out. It’s my favorite! This is my first time leaving comments and I actually don’t know where I should check for your reply, so hopefully I can figure that out!Thanks,Jen

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