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:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 524g 806%
  • Carbs 814g 271%
  • Saturated 323g 1,616%
  • Fiber 42g 167%
  • Trans 17g
  • Sugars 338g
  • Monounsaturated 139g
  • Polyunsaturated 24g
  • Protein 86g 172%
  • Cholesterol 1,983mg 661%
  • Sodium 2,718mg 113%
  • Calcium 754mg 75%
  • Magnesium 228mg 57%
  • Potassium 2,480mg 71%
  • Iron 35mg 195%
  • Zinc 7mg 48%
  • Phosphorus 1,264mg 181%
  • Vitamin A 4,751µg 528%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 5mg 327%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 235%
  • Niacin (B3) 36mg 182%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 49%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,168µg 292%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 44%
  • Vitamin D 13µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 19mg 93%
  • Vitamin K 75µg 94%
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