A Winning Apple Pie from Blue Duck Tavern Recipe

Slice of Apple Pie
Courtesy of Arthur Bovino


For pie dough:

  • 1 pound cold butter, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 pound all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces cake flour
  • 1 ounce sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For the pie:

  • 2 ounces butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges (preferably chilled)
  • 2 ounces apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar, for sprinkling

In 2006, this classic American apple pie recipe was selected as one of the top 25 dishes of the year by USA Today. It's as scrumptious as promised, and even more so with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt on top of a warm, buttery slice.  

From Chef Brian McBride of Blue Duck Tavern


For pie dough:

In a mixer with a paddle, mix butter, flours, sugar, and salt just until combined (make sure not to overmix). In a bowl, mix egg yolks and cream together. Add to the flour mixture. Mix very quickly, just until everything comes together. Chill dough before using.

For the pie:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a sauté pan, melt the butter.  Add the brown sugar and cinnamon sticks. Cook until caramelized, and then add the apples. Cook until they are just soft but retain their firmness (chilling the apples before cooking helps this process).

Roll pie dough out until 1/8-inch thick and line the pie tin with it. Add apple sauce to the bottom, spreading it out with a spatula, and then fill the pie tin with the cooked apples. Cut out one round piece of pie dough and place on top. Whisk together egg and milk to create egg wash and brush it over the pie. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

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Calories per serving:

1,029 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 524g 805%
  • Carbs 818g 273%
  • Saturated 323g 1,616%
  • Fiber 38g 152%
  • Trans 17g
  • Sugars 347g
  • Monounsaturated 139g
  • Polyunsaturated 24g
  • Protein 84g 169%
  • Cholesterol 1,983mg 661%
  • Sodium 2,718mg 113%
  • Calcium 773mg 77%
  • Magnesium 229mg 57%
  • Potassium 2,407mg 69%
  • Iron 35mg 194%
  • Zinc 7mg 49%
  • Phosphorus 1,259mg 180%
  • Vitamin A 4,718µg 524%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 5mg 326%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 237%
  • Niacin (B3) 36mg 180%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 55%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,169µg 292%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 44%
  • Vitamin D 13µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 19mg 94%
  • Vitamin K 60µg 74%
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