One Woman’s Quest for Her Grandmother’s Lost Apple Pie Recipe

It all started with a memory. Two years ago, Courtney Page Ferrell was contemplating what she would take to her family’s annual Thanksgiving dinner in Montpelier, Virginia, and couldn’t get an image out of her head. “I had the clearest picture of my grandmother’s old pie safe,” says Ferrell. “When my sister and I stayed at her house as children, she would wake us up for midnight snacks.” The trio would sneak downstairs to the pie safe, a three-shelved wooden cabinet with a glass front and two swinging doors used for storing pies. “Sometimes it was homemade peach or chocolate, but my favorite was her apple. She’d cut a thick slice and top it with PET vanilla ice cream, and I thought there was no better treat in the whole world,” she recalls.

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