Maida’s Big Apple Pie {ModBak}

This is the second of three apple pie recipes in the Sweet Tarts & Pies section of The Modern Baker. The first one, Breton apple pie, is based on a French cake recipe and actually reminded me more of cake than pie. The third recipe, sour cream apple pie, is a classic crumb-topped apple pie, albeit with a sour cream twist.

This recipe to me is less like a pie than an apple tart. In fact, it is very similar to the rustic apple tart I made last Fall using a mix from Fowler’s Mill.

As large and impressive as this tart is, it’s really simple to assemble. Other than the sweet dough, there are only five ingredients: apples, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

I began by cooking the apples — a mixture of Granny Smith and golden delicious — in butter with the sugars and cinnamon.

As the mixture cooked, the softer golden delicious apples began to break down, while the firmer Granny Smith ones held together. This would provide contrasts of both texture and flavor to the tart.

While the apple mixture cooked, I rolled out the dough. The recipe calls for a double recipe of sweet tart dough, rolled out to a 16-inch circle, which is then draped over a large pizza pan.

Once the apples had cooled, I spread them over the filling, then folded in the edges, leaving the center open

I brushed the edges of the tart with egg wash, and sprinkled with finishing sugar. I baked the tart at 375°F for about 40 minutes, until the crust was golden and the filling bubbly.

I let the tart cool, then cut and served it for dessert. It was sweet, spicy, flavorful, and the mix of apples gave it a subtle complexity. The tart was delicious on its own. But of course, a little ice cream wasn’t amiss, either.

I thought about cutting this recipe in half, as I knew it would be absolutely huge. In the end, I’m glad I didn’t, since part of what made this tart so impressive was its sheer size.

And regardless of how big it was, none of it went to waste.


  1. October 12, 2011 at 7:37 am

    […] extraordinary. Probably not one I’ll make again. But then, I have a lot of great apple pie, tart, and cake recipes to choose from. LD_AddCustomAttr("AdOpt", "1"); LD_AddCustomAttr("Origin", […]

  2. Summer Rose said,

    August 11, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Hey Phyl , am so glad to be here again !!
    U know before i baked this one , i hadnt even realized it was an open pie like this and it was ur post and pics that made me realize it 🙂
    Thannxx a ton!
    Ur pie looks delish and i know exactly what that means when i say it 🙂
    Im very impressed u made all the apple pies and most of the pie’s in the section!

  3. Renee said,

    July 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Nice!! I did a 1/4 recipe and it was huge so i can only imagine how big the real thing is.

    • gaaarp said,

      July 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      It’s HUGE!! It would be great to take to a family dinner. You could bring this instead of two (or three) pies.

  4. Kayte said,

    July 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I was going to make a smaller one but now reading your post and seeing it, I don’t think I will have a bit of trouble getting rid of one this size…very nice photos of it.

    • gaaarp said,

      July 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      There’s something about the sheer size of this that makes it an adventure. I could see doing a smaller one sometime, but for the first go, I had to make the whole thing.

  5. July 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

    […] Baker, is the only one that really seems like pie. The other two — Breton apple pie and Maida’s Big Apple Pie – are more of a cake and tart, respectively. Each one is delicious in its own right, but […]

  6. Margaret said,

    July 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Enjoyed this a lot when made. Easy and tasty. Great process picks. Think would rather have apple ‘pie’ this way than reg pie.

    • gaaarp said,

      July 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      I enjoyed this one, too. In fact, of the apple recipes in this section, this was my favorite.

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