Paper Bag Apple Pie — Recipe

A copycat Elegant Farmer paper bag apple pie recipe on Gift Style Blog Gave That
With apple picking season just around the corner we've made Dulce de leche candied apples and Buttered Mulled Apple Cider, but I've been meaning to share for the longest time this particular way of baking an apple pie. One that involves wrapping it in brown paper to bake... the paper bag apple pie. Even better it makes a no mess way to bring and give a pie as well! Inspired by the Elegant Farmer's sugar cookie crust and using my recipe from the 1920's with caramel baked right in, here's how this yummy pie was baked and shared over the weekend:

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Paper Bag Apple Pie Recipe
A yummy classic apple pie with the twist of a sugar cookie top crust and a unique baking method... inside a paper bag!
  • 8 large tart baking apples
  • A single favorite pastry for 1 pie crust (the bottom)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 dark brown sugar firmly packed
  • NOTE (the last two ingredients are reserved for use to create the caramel sauce at the bottom of the pie)
  • Sugar cookie Top Crust: This easy recipe works great.
Pre-heat your oven to 450º f.

1) After pressing your pie crust in place into the pie pan (or using a pre-made pie crust), take the butter and evenly spread over the bottom of the crust. Then top with brown sugar. Chill. 2) In a bowl combine all of the above ingredients and mix the apples well to coat. 3) Also mix up your sugar cookie dough (see this easy recipe here) and form into 2 squares. Chill until the dough is very stiff.4) Pour apple mixture into pie crust and really mound it up in the center. Take the two squares of sugar cookie dough and mold them on each side of the apple filling mound. Don't worry if there are holes are gaps, as the pie bakes the cookie dough will expands to fully cover the pie.5) Taking a paper bag (free from ink) or brown baking paper place the pie inside and close the bag or edges to wrap the pie inside. I like to fold my own bags (see the tutorial here) to be sure there is no glue or ink fumes potentially being released into the baking pie. Then pop it into a preheated 450º f oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350º f for an additional 45 to 50 minutes.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12

Mounding the apple pie filling nice and high.

Next comes the sugar cookie dough on over top to form the top crust. Sliding everything into the paper bag for baking. 

The paper bag apple pie right out of the oven.

Slice of Paper Bag Caramel Apple Pie à la mode.

When I first made one a couple years ago the one concern that popped into my mind was what if the paper bag would prevent the pie crusts from browning. Did it need a hole in the top? But no, the apples steam inside, intensely infusing everything with their flavor and the crusts turn a lovely golden color without burning. Plus it catches spills and popping oil. Popular since the turn of the century before last this method of baking works great on almost any fruit pie with a top crust. Sort of gift wrapping a pie to bake! Makes it perfect for here. Happy baking and Autumn apple picking everyone!

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