I hate when people do this, but here I go. I've never made the recipe exactly as written. I read some of the suggestions in other reviews and decided to try those as well as just wing it. Using my recipe, my family LOVES this pie. Easily our favorite ever. Here's the changes we use: add 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of nutmeg, and 1 tsp of vanilla to the sauce mixture. I add the vanilla only when its simmering. Not sure if it matters, just thought it made some kind of sense. I also don't use a lattice topping because my family likes a crumble type topping. I made it with 1/4 c butter, 1/2 flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/3 c oats. The recipe says the butter and flour should be a paste, but mine is never pasty. The last time I added 1 more Tbsp of flour but it didn't get much pastier so I just left it along. I use empire apples and cook it a little shorter (15 min @425 and 25-30 @ 350). If I go longer, the applies turn to mush, but of course that's my oven, not yours. Just don't over cook it.
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I hate when people do this, but here I go. I've never made the recipe exactly as written. I...