Upside-Down Apple Pie Recipe

This apple pie, complete with a crust, is made in a camp Dutch oven and is served upside down.

| May/June 2019

Upside-Down Apple Pie. Photo by Zac Williams.

Yields 12 servings.


Pie Crust:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons orange juice


  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 cups thinly sliced sweet apples (such as ‘Golden Delicious’)

Pecans are a tasty addition to apple pie filling. Photo by Getty Images/Neydtstock.

Glaze, optional:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice


To make pie crust:

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Gradually add orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, until dough forms a ball.

2. Divide dough into 2 balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

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