What’s homier than an apple pie made from scratch? Just like mom used to make, this homemade Apple Pie recipe is a classic you need to have in your baking repertoire.
Easy as Pie
If it were possible for a warm hug to become a dessert, I think it would be Apple Pie.
Spiced apple slices baked in a flaky crust, served on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream makes for a pie that’s stood the test of time.
Best of all, apple pie is one of the easiest homemade pies out there!
I’m a big fan of pie in general, as you may have gathered by the abundance of pie recipes on this site. When you put sweetened fruit together with pastry, how can you go wrong? I mean, really.
As much as I love all kinds of fancy pies, there’s something unbeatable about a simple Apple Pie.
No frills. No gimmicks. Just buttery cinnamon apples bubbling beneath a layer of perfect pastry crust.
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We almost always have an Apple Pie of some kind at Thanksgiving but I can rarely wait that long when fall arrives.
The scent that fills your kitchen when a homemade Apple Pie is baking is intoxicating. It’s nostalgia, comfort and happiness all in one. Even if I didn’t enjoy eating apple pie, I’d probably keep making it just to fill my kitchen with that aroma.
Apple Pie is the most popular pie and an American classic for a reason. People love apple pie. I doubt I will ever get sick of it!
The recipe I’m sharing today will teach you how to make the best apple pie. It’s just like the one your mother probably made–along with her mother and, probably, her mother.
There’s just no need to mess with perfection, folks.
What Makes This Pie the Best?
A good crust is key for making the best apple pie. Truth be told, I often use a refrigerated pie crust to make my homemade pies. They taste just as good as a homemade pie crust and make it extra easy to make this apple pie.
If you do want to make you own pie crust, you’re welcome to! But certainly don’t be afraid to take advantage of the ease and convenience of the crusts you can find ready made at the store.
What’s the other key to making the very best apple pie? Choosing the right apples.
What Apples to use?
The best apples for apple pie are crisp, firm and tart. I prefer Granny Smith apples. Pink lady, golden delicious and honey crisp apples are other great options for your pie.
Time saving tip: Don’t peel your apples!
Unless a little bit of apple skin really bugs you, I’ve found that it’s just not necessary to spend all that extra time messing with the peeler. The skin is thin enough that as it bakes it gets soft and soaks up some of those good spiced apple juices.
Plus, less time peeling = more time eating pie!
Here’s all you need to make a perfect apple pie, along with your prepared pie crusts:
- White and brown sugar
- Lemon juice
- Cinnamon and nutmeg
- Unsalted butter
How to Make Apple Pie
First, you’re going to core and thinly slice your apples. I like my apples sliced very thin for pie; about 1/4 inch thick. Toss the apples with flour, sugars, spices and lemon juice and let them sit for a few minutes to “marinate.”
Pour the apple mixture over your uncooked pie shells (pressed into a pie plate). Dab butter all over the top of the apples. Top with a second pie crust and pinch the ends together to seal.
Brush the top of the pie with an egg wash and, if you like, a little bit more coarse sugar. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Let the pie cool entirely before slicing! I know it’s hard to resist sticking your knife and fork into that fresh-from-the-oven pie, but if you slice too soon the filling will ooze everywhere!
- Use a standard sized pie plate rather than a deep dish for this recipe.
- Burning edges? Pie crust shields can help eliminate that. If you don’t have pie crust shields, try wrapping the edges of the crust in foil during the second stage of baking .
- If you prefer, feel free to substitute Apple Pie Spice for the cinnamon and nutmeg.
You don’t have to with my recipe. Some people do it so there is no gap between the top crust and the apples.
Brush the bottom crust with an egg white wash before placing the apple slices in the pie. This creates a seal and allows the crust to crisp.
Let the filling bubble around the edges, and the top crust will be golden brown.
More Easy Dessert Recipes
- Lemon Bars
- Taffy Apple Salad
- Lemon Meringue Pie
- Peach Hand Pies
- Easy Apple Crisp
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- Apple Crumble
Flaky pie crust filled with delicious apples. This classic Apple Pie recipe is a family favorite!