With the 4th of July just a couple days away, I thought I’d share with you one of my most favorite recipes – my homemade apple pie. I started making this pie many years ago from a recipe shared with me by husband’s family, and over the years I’ve modified it to make it my own. In 2005, as some of you might remember, I turned my casual pie baking into an actual business with Mary Beth’s Apple Pie Co. I had no real business experience, so it was a whirlwind for me – selling more than 3,000 pies on QVC, finding my way through the trials and tribulations of shipping and eventually modifying the pie to little minis that sold on Williams Sonoma for several years. There were highs and lows, and more than a few points when I asked myself “what in the world am I doing,” but looking back it was an amazing experience that taught me so much.
While I’m not currently doing the pie business anymore, my apple pie is still one of my favorite things to bake and share. A couple of years ago, my sister invited me to teach a pie baking class at her cooking school, The Farm School on Los Rios (if you’re ever in the San Juan Capistrano area, I encourage you to take a class there!). We just so happened to video the whole thing, so I thought what better way to share the recipe with you!