Preheat oven to 400 degrees (Howard baked it hotter than that, but the difference in ovens might cause you to burn your pie).
Mix the ingredients so they’re well-dispersed, and place in bottom pie crust; top with upper crust and trim to cover. Cut a few slits in crust to vent heat. Cover edges of crust with 3-inch strips of aluminum foil.
Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble up through the slits in it.
Very tart apples might require 4-5 packets of sweetener, though Mother said the pie she ate made with 2 packets of Equal “just was wonderful; it couldn’t have been any better.”
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