Note: This post initially appeared over 2 years ago as a simple recipe. While the concept remains sweet and simple, I’m re-sharing this with you today with added learning benefits! I hope you enjoy the pie…and the bonus educational ideas – whether it’s back-to-school or any other time during the year!

Bake an apple pie AND read a book together...sweet ideas to bring you closer to your kids - at any age!When my oldest son was in the first grade we read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. And there, in the back of the book, was a recipe for making apple pie. I had, up until that point in my life, been perfectly content with the fact that I had never baked this iconic American dessert. After reading the book and coming face-to-face with my own failure, I did what any self-respecting, blue-jean jumpered, overachieving new homeschool mom would have done: I planned a trip to the grocery store (a.k.a. a field trip) and bought the ingredients needed to make what would become the first of many, many apple pies.

I’ve since retired the blue-jean jumper (this makes my husband happy), left behind the need to overachieve (this makes me happy), and lost the original recipe. Thankfully, I kept some jotted notes that have become my go-to recipe for apple pie baking. It may or may not be the exact recipe from the book.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 pie crusts
  • 6 cups sliced apples (peeled and cored, of course)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 425°. Combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, & salt in a large bowl. Spoon into crust-lined pie pan. Place 2nd pie crust over the filling. Seal the edges. Cut slits (or fancy little shapes!) in several places to vent. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. If your edges start to brown too quickly, you can place aluminum foil around them while the rest of the pie finishes.

Try your hardest to wait for it to cool a bit before eating. It’s safer on the lips and the gigantic scoop of ice cream you put on top won’t melt so fast.

Now…how can you turn this into homeschool fun?!

Put a Unit Study together!

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Plug into some reading time together…

Use this activity to introduce or wrap up reading time. I mentioned the book above, but if apple pie isn’t your cup of tea…perhaps a cherry pie is a little closer to home?

How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA


This is a great series (right), and all 5 books are available for Kindle download for a whopping $.98 each (as of this post publication date)! Each of the 5 books in the set highlights foods from a region of the world: Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America. A great way to introduce world culture studies…all starting from baking up a simple, US favorite!!


Take a cooking class together!

A while back, my daughter and I got started on cooking lessons through Craftsy. We started out making homemade pizza dough and worked up to sweets and more ethnic dishes. They offer some free classes on a regular basis, which are always fun to try out.

Just think: all of this from a simple apple pie!  What are some things YOU whip up with your kids that are family favorites that could also be doorways to greater learning?! Let us know in the comments!

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