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Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie can sound intimidating but it really isn’t complicated. This homemade apple pie is simple but delicious and the perfect dessert any time of the year. 

First, if you are scared of making your own homemade pie crust, don’t be! I have a whole tutorial on how to make perfect pie crust. I walk you step-by-step through making the crust and have pictures of what every stage should look like. Check it out! You can make it days in advance so there is no stress come pie assembly time.

Homemade apple pie is a classic recipe that isn't complicated to make. Simple but delicious, this homemade apple pie is perfect for any time of year!

One of the most important parts of making homemade apple pie is getting the right kind of apples and cutting them the right thickness. I like to get tart apples for baking, usually Granny Smith apples. They also tend to be more firm and hold up better when baked. Any apple similar to that will do. If you like a little more sweetness than a granny smith provides, try mixing two types of apples – one tart and one sweet.

Homemade apple pie is a classic recipe that isn't complicated to make. Simple but delicious, this homemade apple pie is perfect for any time of year!

I keep the spices for the homemade apple pie pretty simple, just a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. If you don’t have allspice, you can leave them out or substitute cloves. Essentially, you’re just making your own homemade apple pie spice.

 

Apple slices mixed with apple pie filling in a pie shell for homemade apple pie.

I also like to slice the apples with varying thickness. This ensures that some apples are super tender and falling apart, while others still have a slight bite to them. I like the overall texture of the pie when the slices vary a bit.

Homemade apple pie ready to go into the oven.

When you go to fill your pie, you will wonder if all the apples will fit. You will curse my name as a few spill out BUT I promise you – smoosh all of them in there! You won’t regret it. Everyone will thank you for providing them with such a delicious pie. Ha! Use your hands wiggle the slices in and make sure they all fit. Definitely, use a deeper pie dish for this pie!!

Slice of homemade apple pie on a white plate topped with vanilla ice cream.

The beauty of filling the pie so full is that as the pie and crust bake down together, the crust forms these beautiful divets and bumps on top making it a real show stopper. You also have a delicious amount of filling to eat! This really is a simple apple pie recipe! Nothing too fancy.

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Please note, if you wanted to do a lattice top on this pie, which is totally fine, leave out 2 apples so you have fewer slices. Lattice tops need to be placed and bake at approximately the same level, otherwise, it will break.

Slice of homemade apple pie next to whole pie.

Another important tip for making homemade apple pie is to let it cool at room temperature before slicing it. This lets that liquid in the pie distribute and gel a little bit so you’ll get those perfect slices without any runniness. Believe me. I have tried not waiting and cooling it in the fridge. Neither work very well!

Close-up of homemade apple pie slice.

I know the amount of sugar listed for sprinkling on the top seems excessive, but it creates a beautiful crispy crust on top that makes every bite incredible. If it gets too brown during the cooking process, cover the edge with foil to keep it from burning. We love this simple apple pie recipe!

This recipe is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen 2001-2010 Cookbook, it’s one of my favorites!

Baked homemade apple pie near some apples and a pie server.
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Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie can sound intimidating but it really isn't complicated. This homemade apple pie is simple but delicious and the perfect dessert any time of the year. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy apple pie, homemade apple pie, simple apple pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 537 kcal
Author Alli

Ingredients

For the Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, very cold, sliced
  • 3 tablespoonos sour cream very cold
  • 1/2 cup water ice cold

For the Apple Filling

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 7 apples see note
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon water

Instructions

For the Pie Crust

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients. 

  2. Cut very cold butter in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pea-sized pieces. 

  3. Mix a couple tablespoons of water with the sour cream and pour it into the dough. 

  4. Add a couple more tablespoons of water to the dough and mix until just combined. 

  5. Gradually add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together and isn't crumbly. You may not use all the water! Do not over mix!

  6. Divide dough into 2 portions, wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. 

For the Apple Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat (see note). The pie should be baked on the lowest oven rack. 

  2. Peel all the apples. Slice half of the apples 1/3 inch thick and half of the apples 1/4 inch thick.  

  3. Combine apples, flour, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, spices and salt. Mix until combined. 

  4. Roll out one pie crust to about 12 inches in diameter and place it in the bottom of the pie dish. A deep pie dish works best for this recipe. The easiest way to transfer pie dough is to fold it over the rolling pin and gently glide it over the pie dish. 

  5. Gently work the pie crust into the pie dish and if there is more than 1-inch excess crust around the edge, trim it to be only 1-inch. 

  6. Fill the bottom crust with the apple mixture. You will have to use your hands to wiggle and gently press the apples into the crust. They will be slightly mounded. 

  7. Roll out the second pie crust to about 12 inches in diameter. Gently place it over the apples, using the same method detailed in step 9. Trim the edges if you have more than 1-inch excess dough around the edge.

  8. Tuck the edges under and then flute them by placing two fingers from your right hand on the edge of the pie and using your index finger from your left hand to pull the dough between your fingers towards the middle of the pie. 

  9. Combine the egg and 1/2 teaspoon of water and brush it gently over the top of the pie. 

  10. Cut 4 vents in the top of the pie with a sharp knife. 

  11. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of the pie. 

  12. Place pie on the preheated baking sheet in the oven (line the baking sheet with foil in case the pie leaks for easy clean-up) and bake at 425 for 25 minutes. 

  13. Leave the pie in the oven but reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking for an additional 35 minutes until the inside is bubbly and the top crust is dark golden brown. Cover the top of the pie loosely with foil if it becomes browned too quickly. 

  14. After pie is finished baking, let it cool completely at room temperature. This allows the pie filling to set up, preventing it from being runny. 

Recipe Notes

You can use any kind of apples you like, but a tart apple like a Granny Smith will hold up better in the oven. I like to combine a tart apple and a sweet apple in my filling. 

If you have a baking stone, you can bake the pie on the stone instead of preheating a cookie sheet. However, I'd still recommend placing the pie on a baking sheet lined with foil to catch any drips or spills from the filling. The point of baking on a preheated sheet or stone is to apply maximum heat to the bottom crust of the pie so it cooks through. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 537 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 432mg 18%
Potassium 245mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 38g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 16.5%
Vitamin C 17.6%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 13.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    Alli
    September 26, 2018 at 7:07 AM

    Such a classic recipe! Love it.

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