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Discover the Best Apple Pie Recipes: Celebrate Fourth of July with Kitchen Switchen’s Delicious Apple Pie Journey!

Discover the Best Apple Pie Recipes: Celebrate Fourth of July with Kitchen Switchen’s Delicious Apple Pie Journey!

Hey there, pie lovers! Did you know that apple trees, which we often associate with the USA, actually came over from Central Asia? The history of the all-American tradition of apple pie on the Fourth of July might catch you off guard. So, grab your Kitchen Switchen pie tin, and let's dive in!

From the Orchard to the Oven: A Brief History of Apple Trees

Our story starts with the apple tree, a remarkable plant that has been journeying through history for thousands of years. The wild apple, called Malus sieversii, came from Central Asia. Early farmers grew it for its tasty fruit. These early apples weren't the sweet, crispy fruits we know today; they were more like tart little nuggets of potential.

As trade routes expanded, apple seeds traveled the world, spreading their fruity goodness. They landed in Europe where the Romans, always the innovators, started grafting apple trees to create specific varieties. In the 17th century, European settlers brought apple trees to the New World. They planted the first orchards in what is now the United States.

Apple Pie: An All-American Classic

Now, let’s discuss apple pie! Fruit pies have been around since medieval England. People began to bake their beloved apple pie when they introduced apple trees to America. By the 18th century, apple pie had become a staple dessert in American households. It was simple, versatile, and downright delicious!

The tradition of baking apple pies on the Fourth of July is a sweet slice of Americana that emerged over time. What better dessert than one made from a fruit that represents the diverse spirit of America? Apple pies became a popular treat for Independence Day, representing the country's farming and the cozy feeling of home.

Start your celebration at Kitchen Switch and snag everything you’ll need for an Apple Pie Adventure!

Ready to bake your own star-spangled apple pie? Here’s what you’ll need to embark on this culinary adventure:

  1. Pie Tin: Your pie's home. Make sure it’s deep enough to hold all that juicy apple goodness. Kitchen Switchen has a fantastic selection of pie tins that are perfect for this!
  2. Rolling Pin: For flattening that flaky crust. Roll it out evenly for the best results.
  3. Mixing Bowls: To mix your filling and dough. Get a few sizes to keep things easy. Check out Kitchen Switchen for a variety of mixing bowls.
  4. Peeler and Corer: Essential for prepping those apples. Make quick work of the skins and cores.
  5. Measuring Cups and Spoons: Precision is key to nailing that perfect flavor.
  6. Knife and Cutting Board: To slice and dice your apples into the perfect size.
  7. Pastry Brush: For that beautiful golden-brown finish on your crust.
  8. Oven Mitts: Safety first, friends. Keep those hands protected when handling hot pans! Kitchen Switchen offers some stylish and durable oven mitts to keep you safe.

Riding the Recipe Wave: The Most Searched Apple Pie Recipe Online

We’ve done the research and found the most searched apple pie recipe is none other than “Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie.” This popular recipe has been shared often because of its special ingredient—caramelized sugar syrup that makes the filling even better. Here’s a quick rundown:


  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  3. Place the bottom crust in your Kitchen Switchen pie tin. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350°F (175°C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.

Making a special caramelized sugar syrup is a simple process that adds a delicious, rich flavor to many dishes, including apple pie. Adding heavy cream to your sugar is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July dinner.  Kitchen Switchen is about keeping it simple. Here’s a straightforward method to make caramelized sugar syrup according to internet experts!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Optional: 1/4 cup heavy cream or butter (for a creamier caramel)


  1. Combine Sugar and Water: In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1/4 cup of water. Stir gently to ensure all the sugar is moistened, but avoid over-stirring which can cause crystallization.
  2. Heat the Mixture: Place the saucepan over medium-high heat. Without stirring, allow the mixture to come to a boil. You can gently swirl the pan occasionally to ensure even heating, but do not stir.
  3. Watch for Color Change: As the sugar melts and starts to caramelize, it will change color from clear to light yellow, and then to a deeper amber color. This process takes about 5-10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the pan as the sugar can go from caramelized to burnt quickly.
  4. Remove from Heat: Once the syrup reaches a rich amber color, remove the saucepan from the heat immediately.
  5. Optional – Add Cream or Butter: If you want a creamy caramel sauce, carefully add 1/4 cup of heavy cream or 1/4 cup of butter to the hot caramel. Be cautious as the mixture will bubble vigorously. Stir until smooth.
  6. Cool Down: Let the caramelized sugar syrup cool slightly before using it in your recipe.


  • Avoid Crystallization: To prevent sugar from crystallizing, avoid stirring once the mixture starts to boil. You can also use a wet pastry brush to wash down any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan.
  • Color and Flavor: The darker the caramel, the richer and more intense the flavor. However, be careful not to burn it, as burnt caramel tastes bitter.
  • Storage: If making in advance, store the caramel syrup in a heatproof jar or container. It can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. Reheat gently before use.

Summertime Apple Pie

There you have it, folks!  You can bring this tradition to your kitchen on the Fourth of July. It is as sweet as a summer day.  So grab your apron, preheat that oven, and let’s make some pie magic.

For more tips and recipes, check out the Kitchen Switchen regularly. Don't forget to tag your pie photos with #SummertimeApplePie and #FourthofJulyRecipes for a chance to be featured on the Kitchen Switchen Facebook page!


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