Holiday Apple Pie with Spelt Crust

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

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A few weeks ago, I was excited to receive an awesome package containing a couple of different cans of PAM cooking spray (baking and cooking varieties) as well as this beautiful red Le Creuset pie dish.

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I was excited to dream up a delicious holiday dessert to share with you. Except that I was having a few set-backs. I don’t know if you saw my previous announcement or not, but I have been in the throes of morning sickness for the last several weeks and spending as little time in the kitchen as is humanly possible. The second issue is that I seem to have a bit of an intolerance to wheat lately and have been needing to cut back on my sugar intake. How many desserts can you think of that aren’t loaded with flour and sugar? Not so many.

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BSB to the rescue! My husband is actually quite a bit braver in the kitchen than I am and has been instrumental in most of the recipes I’ve shared here in the past. If you haven’t tried his ginger molasses cookies, you are really missing out! We’ve also discovered that I can do spelt and spelt flour where I can’t do wheat. BSB has been making me freshly ground spelt bread and even spoiled me with spelt crepes on my birthday! (Yep! He’s a keeper!) I challenged him to create a spelt pie crust and he came through plus he filled it with a creamy apple pie that is perfect for the holidays!

Apple Pie Prep

Here we see BSB grinding the spelt, grating the butter, and prepping the apples for the pie (Cool corer slicer from Grandma, right?). If you are wondering about the blue cords sticking out of his head, our grain mill is pretty loud and BSB is always prepared–protecting his hearing with earplugs. We sprayed a light coating of PAM baking spray on the bottom of the pan before adding the crust, to make sure the pieces would come out easily and in one piece after baking.  Holiday Apple Pie with Spelt crust-9954

The thing to remember about spelt is that it has more moisture than wheat, so you can adapt lots of recipes if you adjust accordingly. It takes on a darker color, and will give more of a whole-grain flavor than traditional pie dough.

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You can see this is bit of a variation on your typical apple pie. The creamy filling and spices make it just right for Christmas time.

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Our inspiration recipe calls for covering the pie with pecans which sounds yummy and would be even better if you drizzled it all with caramel! Wanting a festive look for ours, BSB took extra pie dough and a cookie cutter and embellished the top of the pie with snowflakes, instead of nuts. He didn’t actually add these on until the last 15 minutes of baking to make sure they didn’t get burned.

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SMART TIP: Using a light coating of PAM cooking spray on your tools before using makes for easy clean-up after the pie is in the oven. The new line of  PAM Cooking Sprays leave 99% Less Residue than other non-stick sprays so you can try it out anywhere. Because really, there is so much going on during the holidays, who has time to spend it all in kitchen cleaning up!? Wouldn’t you rather be eating the pie with your family than scrubbing the dishes?

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And voila! My kids loved this pie, despite the darker color of the crust! We liked the flavor even better after it had chilled overnight than fresh from the oven, so you might want to plan to make this one a little in advance. The layers of apples are sandwiched with the sour cream filling so every bite is moist and flavorful.

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See below for both recipes: The Spelt Crust and the Creamy Apple Pie. And don’t forget to enter to win your own PAM spray and Le Creuset baking dish below so you can create your own culinary masterpiece for the holidays!

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Spelt Pie Crust


  • 2 1/2 C spelt flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 C Lard
  • 1/3 chilled butter
  • 3 T ice water (or less)


  1. Combine spelt flour and salt.
  2. Make sure lard and butter are chilled (or even frozen). Use cheese grater to grate butter into small pieces into the flower. Cut Lard and butter into flour mixture with pastry cutter.
  3. Sprinkle ice water into mixture (3T or just enough to make it manageable).
  4. Blend with pastry cutter.
  5. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, flatten into a disc and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Lightly flour working surface and dough and roll out to desired size, dusting with dough as needed to prevent sticking.
  6. Do NOT handle the dough anymore than is necessary.


Holiday Apple Pie


  • Adapted from Piefection (recipe appeared in AZ Republic)
  • Makes large pie (Le Creuset 10 1/4 baking dish size). Half recipe for small pie tin.
  • 4 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (3-5 apples) (We used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cans (about 14 ounces/ea) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups apple-pie mix (see above)
  • Pie pan prepared with unbaked spelt crust
  • For topping:
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • pie crust cut-outs (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon to sprinkle on top of finished pie
  • Whipped cream (optional, for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. For filling, stir together sour cream, lemon juice and condensed milk until well mixed. Add apple mixture and stir. Place piecrust in Le Creuset 10-inch deep dish baking pan (or 9-inch pie pan). Pour filling into pie crust. Bake 10-inch deep-dish pie for 60 minutes, or standard 9-inch pie for 30 minutes. After baking, top with cinnamon and pecans if desired. Cool completely. Serve with whipped cream.



Read the full Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions

You can win your own PAM cooking Spray and Le Creuset Pie Dish to help ensure your success in your holiday baking endeavors! It’s simple! Just leave a comment below telling me what you like to bake for the holidays!

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The prize for this Sweepstakes is a kit with an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $50including:

  • Full sized varieties of PAM Cooking Spray
  • Le Creuset Pie Dish


Leave a comment on the Blog post to enter for a chance to win. Tell me you love me, or just what you like to bake for the holidays. Facebook comments will not be counted as a valid entry.

Contest ends Dec. 11, 2013. Hurry!

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  1. I’m super excited for this giveaway!

  2. Julie Johnson says

    That looks yummy!

  3. Gingerbread and sugar cookies.

  4. I love making turtle cheesecake

  5. I love to make banana bread

  6. I love baking just about anything, but this I will definitely have to try!! :•D

  7. I’m a sucker for pretty bakewear, so I’d love that pie dish!

  8. Ann Marie Buckley says

    I love to bake cookies!

  9. I love that your husband is taking such good care of you! So wonderful that he knows his way around the kitchen! The pie looks delicious!

  10. I really just prefer to eat all the yummy treats everyone else makes. 🙂 If I win that pan though, I really want to try making a buttermilk pie.

  11. I love to make fudge (the recipe off the marshmallow creme jar)! And I always use Pam on the bottom of the pan first. 🙂

  12. I love to bake Mississippi mud – one of grandma’s recipes. I think BSB should teach Mike a few things about cooking!! Hope you feel better soon!

  13. I love to cook & bake & I’m teaching my 5 year old son to love to cook/bake also. I’d love to use this as a beautiful centerpiece.


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