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Psalm 17:8 - Apple Pie Recipe

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Guest written by Sew for Christ.

"Keep me as the apple of Your eye;

Hide me under the shadow of Your wings." (Psalm 17:8 NKJV)

This psalm of David is imploring God to keep us safe, to watch over us. David explains how he called out to God, begging for God to hear him and keep him safe from his enemies. Having the benefit of the rest of David's story, we know that God did indeed protect David from those who rose against him. We can see that David, in the midst of a trial, called out to God to help him, not believing in his own strength but God's ability.

Just as God wrapped David in His protection and love, pies wrap up the fruit filling in a protective crust. Want to more like God? Try this pie recipe:

This is my favorite apple pie recipe. I use it every year for Rosh Hashannah, Sukkot, Thanksgiving, Shabbats, and my brother's birthday (post on this variation coming soon).

You can make the pie filling on the same day as the pie, but it also cans very well. I used this pie filling for my first time canning food ever. We had a bumper crop of apples from our orchard this year and canned about half of them into pie filling.

Apple Pie Recipe


- 6 cups apples (cut in your preferred style. I like 1/2" - 3/4" chunks)

- Lemon juice

- 1 cup brown sugar

- 1/2 cup white sugar

- 1 cup water

- 1/4 cup cornstarch

- Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice (and any other fall spices)

- Salt

1. Peel and cut your apples. Place them in a bowl and toss them in a small amount of lemon juice to prevent browning.

2. Take a large pot and heat the water, sugar, and spices until the sugar is dissolved. Add the apples and cook until the apples are cooked down and the liquid is thick.

3. Using a measuring cup, carefully remove some of the liquid into a small bowl. Sift in the cornstarch and stir to create a slurry.

4. Add the slurry back into the pie filling. Lightly simmer on stove until liquid is thick and holding the apples well.

5. Let the apple pie filling cool down (warm apple pie filling messes up any crust designs). Alternatively, fill your canning jars.

6. Get started on the pie crust.

Crust (makes 2 crusts)

- 2 cups flour (+ more for reaching perfect consistency and rolling)

- 2 tbsp sugar

- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter

- 1/2 cup cold water (max)

1. Combine flour and sugar (also any spices) in a bowl.

2. Cut cold butter into small pieces, add to dry materials.

3. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or forks. The butter should become smaller and mix with the flour, but not be completely combined.

4. Add small amounts of cold water until the dough can hold its shape. Pieces of butter should be clearly visible in the dough.

5. Divide the dough in half and flatten into disk.

6. Chill the dough for 1 hour.


1, Preheat oven to 425ºF

2. Roll out your bottom pie crust to 1/4" thickness and place in the pie dish.

3. Fill the pie dish with the pie filling.

4. Roll out the top pie crust to 1/4" thickness for a plain top, or slightly thicker if doing a lattice top.

5. Egg wash and sprinkle crust with sugar

6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

7. Lower temperature to 350ºF and bake for 30 minutes, or until filling is bubbling through vents. Enjoy!

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