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.
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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.
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
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
- Rice Krispie Treats – reader favorite!
- Apple Crumble
- 2 pie crusts homemade or store-bought
- 4-5 medium apples cored and sliced thin
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
- 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces
- 1 large egg for egg wash
- 1 Tablespoon water for egg wash
- 1 Tablespoon coarse sugar optional, for topping
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Place sliced apples into a large bowl. Add sugars, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss well to combine. Set aside for a few minutes.
- Make the egg wash in a small bowl by whisking the egg with water. Set aside.
- Roll out pie crust dough and place in a pie plate, trim edges if desired. Carefully pour the apple mixture into the uncooked pie shell.
- Place dabs of butter around the top of the apples.
- Place the second pie crust over the top and trim edges, crimping first to seal them together.
- Brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Place pie on a baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 35-40 minutes more.
- Allow pie to cool before slicing.
- To prevent over baking or burning of crust, wrap edge of crust in foil for second part of baking (or use pie crust shields).
- I use a standard size pie plate (not deep dish) for this recipe.
- The best apples for apple pie are firm and tart- like Granny Smith
- I don’t peel my apples, it’s an extra step I don’t find necessary. You can certainly peel if you prefer.
- Allow pie to cool before slicing, this will ensure the filling doesn’t ooze.
Flaky pie crust filled with delicious apples. This classic Apple Pie recipe is a family favorite!