Monday, November 19, 2012

Grandma Oke Doke's Apple Slices

     My grandparents were two of the most incredible people you would have ever met.  They raised 5 children and have 23 grandchildren, not including those who have married into the family, and 12 great-grandchildren.  They have both passed away and are missed daily by their family and friends but we keep their memory alive.  They originally lived on the Southside of Chicago but moved to Wisconsin in the last few years of their lives where they had a summer home for many years.  The property has numerous apple trees that my grandfather kept pristine care of over the years.  My grandmother would make apple slices every time she had family coming over.  She would bake them right before any of us were to arrive so that the house smelled of apple pie.  We were allowed to "sneak" a piece when we got there but nothing else until dinner.  There was always something magical about those apple slices, they tasted like Heaven (if Heaven had a taste I guess...).  Since they have both passed away, my Mom and her siblings have tried many different times to recreate her apple slices.  We've never  been able to get the recipe perfect - I think the secret ingredient that my grandmother added was her unconditional love for each and every one of us.  I know that sounds cheesy but it is true...  So I have taken it upon myself to bring the apple slices to our major holiday parties, to bring a little bit of grandma to the holidays.  I hope you enjoy, it is definitely a family favorite!!

Grandma Oke Doke's Apple Slices:

You will need:
    ~ A deep cookie sheet
    ~ An Apple peeler
    ~ Knife

    ~ 4 Sarah Lee Pie Crust (because of time I often buy the premade ones)
    ~ 12-16 Apples depending on the size of the apple
    ~ 1/2 cup Butter
    ~ 1 sp Cinnamon
    ~ 1/2 cup Sugar
    ~ 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
    ~ 1 tsp Nutmeg
    ~ 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
    ~ Powdered Sugar
    ~ Milk/Water
    ~ Pam, or a non-stick cooking spray

   1. Start by peeling and cutting the apples into small bite-sized pieces.  Place the apples in a bowl with the lemon juice, be sure to mix while adding more apples.  The lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown.
  2. In the bowl with the apples mix in the cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar, and nutmeg until all the apples are coated.  If you need more of these ingredients feel free to add!
  3. Spray the cookie sheet.  Unroll 2 of the pie crusts and place them together on the bottom of the tray, so that the entire cookie sheet is covered.  Feel free to use a rolling pin and some flour to help the crusts fit the tray and go up the sides. 
  4. Add the Apple mixture to the tray.  Cover with the last two pie crusts, same process as before, crimp the edges so that  the pie doesn't ooze out.  I wouls place a piece of tin foil in the over under the tray just in case the apples ooze over the sides.
  5. Bake at 350 for 45minutes - 1hr or until golden brown.
  6. Let the Apple Slices cool.  While waiting for it to cool, take the powdered sugar and a 1/4 cup of milk mix together to make the icing.  Adding powdered sugar until you get the consistency you desire.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

Looking for some other great thanksgiving recipes??? Try these:

Appetizer - Keenly Kristin
Adult beverage – ModlyChic
Side Dish – I’m Gonna Fly
Squash Dish – Cute-Ecakes


  1. Looks very yummy. How is this different than apple pie?

    1. It is basically the same thing, but it is cut into slices and holds together better than an apple pie. The icing makes it a little sweeter too!

  2. This looks awesome! I love that you have handed down recipes, I wish that I had bothered to learn my grandma's recipes before she passed away. I hope that I will have a ton of recipes to pass on to my kids!

  3. I would love to see one of those slices, I bet it is just warm and gooey- Seems like it might be messier? How does it hold together better? I'm sure it's great a-la-mode!

  4. What a great memory you have of visiting your grandparents! Sounds like your grandmother was a great cook. Does your family still own the property with the apples your grandfather grew?

  5. yummy, yummy, yummy! It's wonderful that you are passing on the tradition!

  6. That looks so delicious!! Just yummy!!

  7. I must say, this recipe is being made tonight!

  8. Oh yum!! I love anything apple!! I will try this recipe on the weekend!

  9. apple pie is one of my favorite pies, this looks delicious!


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