Do you ever come across a recipe that sounds too good to be true?

This happened to me last week.

I had some home-made pastry to use up, and hadn’t made an apple pie in a very long time, so I thought I’d try a new recipe vs my usual go-to.

As I was searching Pinterest, I came across a recipe named Grandma Ople’s Famous Apple Pie. Of course, I was immediately curious, wondering what’s so famous about it and who is/was Grandma Ople? So … off to Google I went. I’m becoming convinced that I’m a Googleholic.

I couldn’t find anything about Grandma Ople, but I did learned that the recipe I found on is the most loved apple pie recipe on the internet, with an overall rating of 4.8 out of five from 12,596 reviewers!

I decided to give it a try. After all, that many people couldn’t be wrong. Aside from two mistakes that were entirely my own fault, this pie was hands down the best apple pie I’ve ever tasted, and this includes my Mom’s apple pie, which is famous in my world (sorry Mom).

My two mistakes? Well, because I hadn’t made a lattice top crust in over 30 years, I rolled my pastry too thick, and cut it unevenly. This didn’t affect the taste – all it did was poke my OCD-ishness a bit. The second mistake was that the Granny Smith apples I used were way too large, and I bought seven of them when the recipe called for eight medium apples. Being a person who doesn’t like to waste food, I cut them all up into the pie. You can’t see it in the photo, but that pie was tall! Hubs asked me if I had baked Mount Everest, haha! Again, this didn’t affect the taste and in a 1/6 of the pie slice, we certainly got more than the recommended “apple a day”.

You can find the recipe I used here .

Photo Note: I shot my feature photo in my phone’s portrait mode. The only post processing I did was to crop and use all three perspective tools in my phones native photo app in order to get the lines in the counter tiles and the lines of the cooling rack as straight as possible. (Yep – ocd-ish)

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”

Jane Austen