Grated Apple Pie

| April 13, 2015 | 9 Comments

Grated Apple Pie Recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.
Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this super easy Grated Apple Pie. All you need are about 4 of your favorite apples, just a couple of more ingredients, and you’re all done. Grate the apples by hand, or speed it up even more by placing the apples, skins and all, in your food processor. It’s so easy. Printable recipe included.


Grated Apple Pie, slider.
Grated Apple Pie Recipe

Originally published: April 13, 2015

Sylvia and her husband Fred, are two of my “Auction Buddies,” at the auction house I visit each weekend. They often sit across the aisle from my left, or back behind me most of the time.

Going to the auction has become more of a social thing than anything else. I’ve made a good number of friends, most of whom use to listen to me on the radio a few years back. Some I knew before I started going, other’s I’ve had the pleasure of meeting since I started. We all seem to end up buying “a little something” just about each night. We just can’t seem to help it. (Smile)

Most of us arrive early, which gives us time to “socialize” a bit before the auction gets underway.

I’m the one that usually comes in late, since most of my Friday’s find me out on the road with my older brother delivering cookers, or picking up another load from the shop. Friends in front of me hold my seat if I’m not there, but then again, it’s got my number on it, and most folks just know to leave it open for me. Rank has it’s privileges you know. Or maybe it’s just because I’m older than some of them.

Thankfully, I’m surrounded with lots of ladies that cook the same way I do. I call on them often with questions, or just asking for advice or memories of various dishes that I’ll be preparing for Taste of Southern. They all claim they’re not much of a cook, but I know better. They’re just being kind to an old country boy trying to save some recipes on the Internet.

It hardly ever fails, that sometime during the night, one of the ladies will ask me what I’ve been cooking this week. They seem eager to hear of my latest cooking adventure, and try to get me to reveal the new recipe I’m preparing for Taste of Southern before it appears online on the following Monday. I’m always eager to share what I’ve been working on.

Recently, Sylvia asked me if I’d ever tried a Grated Apple Pie. I had to admit that I hadn’t, and when she started telling me about it, it pretty interesting. I asked her if she’d be willing to share the recipe.

I also asked if she would be willing to “write it out by hand,” so I could add it to my collection. Sylvia said she would make me a copy of what she had, which as I recall, was already a hand written recipe by someone else.

Much to my delight, the following weekend, Sylvia handed me an envelope that contained not one, but THREE handwritten recipes. One of those was for the Grated Apple Pie you see here.

I thanked her for taking the time and effort to write the recipes out, and I’m delighted to share one with you here. I’ll work on the others later. Thank You Sylvia.

Grated Apple Pie is just as it sounds. The apples are grated instead of sliced, which probably helps the pie to cook more evenly than a regular apple pie. The ingredients are similar, and the pie was a breeze to make, even making my own crust from scratch.

Sylvia says she uses her food processor to grate the apples. The apples do not have to be peeled, just grated. Everything else is pretty much tossed into a bowl and mixed together.

According to Sylvia, the recipe will make enough filling for one deep dish crust, or two of the nine inch pie crusts. It was just enough to fill my one crust. And, it doesn’t have a top crust.

I have to “show the ladies up,” by making my own crusts from scratch. Like my Mama did in her later years, most of them have turned to using the store bought crusts instead of making them from scratch any more. I’m not sure why, but it does give me a little something to “brag about,” when I’m telling them about my recipe. (Smile)

So, if you’re all set to grate some apples, grab a couple of your favorites and let’s get in the kitchen. If you’re ready, I’m all set, so… Let’s Get Cooking!


Grated Apple Pie, you'll need these ingredients.
Grated Apple Pie: You’ll need these ingredients. Use your favorite apples of choice.

A variety of apples will be best. A couple of Granny Smith’s will add a little tartness if desired. I had these Golden Delicious and Red Delicious Apples on hand, so that’s what I’m using. Sylvia likes the Gala Apples best she says.


Grated Apple Pie, wash and grate the apples.
Wash the apples under cold running water, then grate them, skins and all.

I’m using my all-purpose hand grater, but Sylvia says she likes to just place her sliced and cored apples in the food processor. Either way, grating the apples for this recipe will be pretty quick and easy. Just watch your fingers if you’re doing it like me.


Grated Apple Pie, you'll need about three cups of grated apples.
You’ll need three cups of grated apples.

You might be able to see the juice that came from the apples around the edge of the plate. I scooped the apples into a large mixing bowl, leaving all the extra juice in the plate. Sylvia didn’t say if she did this or not, but I know it’s going to create even more juice once the sugar is added and I don’t think I’ll need all that in the pie.


Grated Apple Pie, add the melted butter.
Melt your stick of butter and let it cool a bit before adding it to the apples. I started melting mine in a small sauce pan before I started grating the apples.


Grated Apple Pie, stir gently.
Gently stir the butter into the apples to fully coat them.


Grated Apple Pie, sprinkle with flour.
Sprinkle the flour over the apples.


Grated Apple Pie, add a dash of salt.
Add a dash of salt. That would be about 2 easy shakes from a salt shaker.


Grated Apple Pie, add the cinnamon.
Add the Cinnamon.

I’m reading more and more lately about how Cinnamon is good for your health. It can help all kinds of things that might be wrong with you. Or, so they say. Do you use it this way?


Grated Apple Pie, add the beaten egg.
Add the beaten Egg.

I always crack the egg open into a small container, then beat it gently with a fork. By using a separate dish, it’s easier to pick out any egg shells that might end up with the egg after breaking it open.

Gently stir the egg into the mixture.


Grated Apple Pie, add the sugar.
Finally, add the Sugar. Stir gently again until everything is combined.


Grated Apple Pie, roll out your pie crust if making one from scratch.
I made pie crust dough earlier today. You can certainly use a ready made crust if you like. The choice is yours.

I’m not sure why folks these days shy away from making pie crusts. The more you make, the easier it gets, so I hope you’ll give it a try. I’ve got a full step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making pie crusts here on Taste of Southern. You can view the steps by clicking HERE.

The first few you make might be a bit daunting, but you’ll soon find yourself making pie crusts in just a matter of minutes. You can make enough dough for two crusts in one mixing, then divide the dough, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate it a day ahead of time. You can even freeze the dough until needed.

PLUS, you’ll get the great satisfaction of being able to say, “I made the crust myself – from scratch.” How cool is that?


Grated Apple Pie, prepare the crust in the dish.
I buttered my dish, rolled out the dough, then added it to the pie plate.

It really doesn’t matter if your dough breaks or cracks, you can pinch off a piece of extra dough hanging over the sides and use it to patch up any tears. Then, just crimp up the edges and you’ll be ready to add the filling.


Grated Apple Pie, add the filling.
Add the filling to the pie crust.

If you have a lot of liquid from the apples, drain most of it off before adding the filling to the crust. Too much liquid will keep your pie from setting up properly as it bakes.


Grated Apple Pie, baking time and temp.
Place the pie in a preheated oven, set at 350F degrees.

The pie will need to bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until it starts to get golden brown on the top and begins to firm up a bit.

I placed mine in the oven and let it bake for about 15 minutes. Then, I used a pie shield to protect the outer edges of the crust while the pie continued to bake for about 45 more minutes. I removed the shield from the pie, and let the outer crust brown for about 10 more minutes, keeping a close watch on it so it wouldn’t burn.

I use an aluminum pie crust shield that I purchased at an area kitchen supply store. You could just as easily fold a strip or two of aluminum foil and place it gently around the edges of the pie crust to keep it from burning. I’ve done that many times myself.

I also placed the pie on a cookie sheet in case it decided to boil over the edges, but I didn’t see any of that when I removed the pie. Better safe than sorry though. Right?


Grated Apple Pie, cool on a wire rack.
When the crust is lightly browned, remove the pie from the oven. Place it on a wire rack and let it cool completely before serving.

I did sprinkle the top of the pie with some sugar after removing the pie shield. You might see a few large grains of it on top of the pie in the above photo.

Now, look at that crust. Doesn’t that just say “Made from Scratch” to you? Just saying. (Smile)


Grated Apple Pie,

Note: Serve it up with some whipped topping, or add a big old scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream if you like. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy this quick and easy apple pie.

Thank you Sylvia, for sharing the recipe, and for taking the time to write it out by hand for me. I greatly appreciate it.


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Grated Apple Pie Recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern. Printable recipe included.

Grated Apple Pie

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this super easy Grated Apple Pie. All you need are about 4 of your favorite apples, just a couple of more ingredients, and you’re all done. Grate the apples by hand, or speed it up even more by placing the apples, skins and all, in your food processor. It’s so easy.



  • 3 cups Apples, unpeeled, grated – about 4 apples
  • 1 stick Butter or Margarine, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 ¼ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 deep dish pie crust, or two 9 inch crusts, unbaked


  1. Wash apples under cold running water.
  2. Grate the unpeeled apples, place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add melted butter, stir gently to coat the apples.
  4. Add flour.
  5. Add cinnamon.
  6. Add salt.
  7. Add beaten egg, stir gently.
  8. Add sugar.
  9. Gently mix all ingredients together.
  10. Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
  11. Bake at 350F degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until firm.
  12. Remove from oven, let cool.
  13. Enjoy!


Makes 1 deep dish pie, or two 9 inch pies.

Keywords: Grated Apple Pie Recipe, made from scratch, southern recipes


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  1. Karl N Zimmermann says:

    Just like my mothers Swiss apfelcuchen. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Mike Spautz says:

    My favorite appetizer is honey-glazed chicken wings!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi Steve! I made this pie today and I have to say what a great recipe it is!! Than you so much for posting! It couldn’t have been any easier. Like you, I used 2 Granny Smith and 2 Red Delicious apples. Great Flavor! But I cheated and used those rolled up store bought pie crusts 🙂 I will try making your pie crust recipe soon because I would love to learn to make a good crust and have bragging rights too…haha! But just wanted to say great recipe and thank you. I look forward to your recipes! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  4. Pat Nelson says:

    Hi Steve,
    I made the grated apple pie with homemade crust today. It was a hit. I tweeked a few things. I added 1 T. fresh lemon juice to the grated apples, doubled the cinnamon, added 1/4 cup raisins, traded out the flour for culinary thickener and used chilled coconut oil & butter in the crust. Husband liked it. Give my thanks to Sylvia for the recipe. Pat

  5. Cheryl says:

    I made this pie Sunday. I used 2 Red Delicious apples and 1 Granny Smith. (Don’t judge…I used a frozen pie shell!) This pie is delicious! The flavor is perfect and I love the texture of the shredded apples. I did top the pie with sugar and just a touch of cinnamon. On Monday, for breakfast…’s fruit! The pie is even BETTER if you can imagine! Thank you, Sylvia, for sharing your recipe with us!

  6. Lillian Rayner says:

    I am enjoying your recipes and your stories. Plan to make this pie this week. Will keep you posted. Thank you so much for always sharing!!!

  7. Linda Malnati says:

    PS I did refrigerate the Cough Syrup after it sat at room temp. for 2 hours. this was to draw a lot of juices out. If you don’t like the Onion, Then just use 2 tsp. of honey and a pinch of cinnamon on top of honey. this really quiets the cough and soothes the throat. 🙂 🙂 Take Care and as all ways Be Blessed.

  8. Linda Malnati says:

    Hi Steve, well it is all ways a pleasure hearing from you. I Love the Stories you tell as you make different things. I am a Recipe Hoarder, LOL. I Absolutely Love this Grated apple pie, and I happen to have everything to make this. This is a first and I don’t know why I didn’t think to grate the apples. huh. Anyways We had the Flu just a little but the worst was a nagging cough. So after spending money on cough syrup, I went back to when my Grandmother had made her own. There were 5 Kids and 3 Adults. she chopped up 3 large Onions Placed them in a bowl, Added 4 tbs. of Natural honey, 2tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. of Lemon Juice, and 1/2 C. of cold water. this worked really good so with that cough, it worked just fine. Well be Blessed, and I will let you know how I Loved the Apple Pie. Cordially, Linda Malnati. 🙂 🙂

  9. ColleenB. ~ Texas says:

    Looks Wonderful.
    I’ll take mine with a Big scoop of vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce drizzled over top of mine please.

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