American as Apple Pie

Nothing tastes more homey and comforting than apple pie if you ask me. Apple pie, it turns out, is beloved in many countries and cultures around the globe. Apples originated in Asia, and this fruit has spread across the world. In fact, apples are one of the most popular fruits on the planet. Often, apples are baked into tempting desserts.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “as American as apple pie.” This beloved dessert, however, did not originate in the United States, the English take the crown for this one. Another American phrase, “for Mom and apple pie” became famous during World War II when this was given as the answer by soldiers when asked why they were heading off to war. This, in turn, likely transformed into apple pie being known as a symbol for America. This dessert’s popularity amongst so many cultures may be another reason apple pie has become a staple of Americana because the U.S. is where so many cultures blend together.


Serves 4

Cooks in 60 minutes



5 medium granny smith (green apples), peeled, cored and diced 2cm.

1/2 cup castor sugar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


Crumble Topping

1 1/2 cups plain all purpose flour

3/4 cup castor sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup rolled oats

8 oz salted butter



  1. Preheat oven to 350F or 180C. Place the apple, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix to combine.

  2. Transfer to an ovenproof dish.

  3. To make the crumble topping, place flour, sugar, cinnamon, oats and butter in a large bowl and mix until combined.

  4. Spoon crumble topping over the apples. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the crumble is golden and apples are tender. Spoon a portion into a jar or bowl, Ignite your Piccalo smoke infuser and full with smoke, cover and allow to infuse for about 2-4 minutes, depending or how smokey you like it.

  5. Remove cover table side (insert dramatic music here) and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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