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This easy apple pie recipe is so simple to make and is full of the best, rich flavor!
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Table of Contents
  1. APPLE PIE RECIPE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE PIE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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There’s nothing like a classic apple pie. Just saying the words “homemade” and “freshly baked” conjures up thoughts of a steaming apple pie filling inside a buttery flaky crust that’s sure to be a hit.

Don’t miss our apple crisp and apple pie bites. Both are delectable apple recipes that you will love.

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APPLE PIE RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 8 cups fresh Granny Smith apples (approximately a 3 pound bag), peeled and thinly sliced ¼ inches thick.
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 unbaked 9-inch pie crusts (check out our homemade pie crust recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (to brush on the crust)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sanding sugar (turbinado sugar) for topping

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

APPLES: The best kind of apples for your apple pie tends to be a personal preference. We like to use fresh Granny Smith Apples in our apple filling. They offer the perfect balance between sweetness and just a little bit of tart. They create a great flavor. You can also opt for Pink Lady or Honeycrisp as two more delicious choices.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE PIE RECIPE

PRO TIP:

I like to bake my apple pies in the morning and serve them after they have had all day to rest and cool at room temperature. This makes serving the slices much easier. You can heat up individual slices in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and then add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a deep-dish 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Place pie plate on a baking sheet to catch any filling that may bubble over when baking.

STEP TWO: Peel and thinly slice apples and place them in a large bowl. I use an apple peeler and slicer to make this super quick and easy.

PRO TIP:

If the apple slices are large, cut them in half so they fit better in the pie and will make slicing your pie a little neater after it is baked.

STEP THREE: In a small bowl mix brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flour. Pour this mixture on top of the sliced apples. Using a wooden spoon, stir the sugar mixture with the apples until the apples are evenly coated.

Apple Pie Recipe process shot of sliced pieces of apples in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Place one pie crust in your pie pan. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust. Your pie will be full and may even mound up in the middle.

Apple Pie Recipe process shot of Apple filling placed onto pie crust

STEP FIVE: Top the apples with the second pie crust. I like to do a lattice top crust on my apple pie as it works best for this pie (we do this for our apple pie cookies, too!). Press the edges of the top and bottom crust together to seal the pie.

STEP SIX: Brush the top of the crust with the heavy cream and sprinkle it with the coarse sanding sugar (aka turbinado sugar).

STEP SEVEN: Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, checking it at the 30-minute mark to see if your crust is browning too much. If it is you can gently place aluminum foil around the edges of your crust and continue to bake your pie until it is golden brown and bubbly.

PRO TIP:

You do not want to completely cover the top of the pie because you do want the steam to escape and not leave you with soggy crusts.

Apple Pie Recipe process shot after apple pie is baked

STEP EIGHT: Let pie cool completely on the counter, for at least 4 hours, prior to cutting and serving. You want to make sure that all the juices have set up or you will not get a good slice of pie.

PRO TIP:

Make sure you use a very sharp serrated knife to get a nice clean cut when slicing your apple pie.

HOW TO SERVE

Apple pie is such a classic recipe, so if you choose to, you can keep it simple and traditional. But, if you want to get a bit creative, there are loads of different ways to serve up your apple pie!

Of course, we have to mention ice cream or whipped cream. These are especially delicious over a warm, freshly baked apple pie. You can also sprinkle a bit of extra cinnamon over the top and it’s like you have your very own cinnamon roll apple pie! Another way we like to serve this apple pie recipe is with caramel sauce. Who doesn’t love caramel?

Finally, we must make not of putting cheese on your apple pie. Many love this option. Most people prefer a slice of cheddar cheese melted over the top. You can also serve a cheese wedge on the side for a nice complement.

Serve it along other pies including our custard pie, no bake pumpkin pie or Jello pie.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: Store leftovers on the counter for 2 to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can most definitely freeze this perfect apple pie. To do so, make sure you use aluminum or plastic wrap. You could also use a heavy-duty freezer bag. It’s recommended to use the pie within 3 to 4 months after storing it.

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All in all, you can’t go wrong with this homemade apple pie recipe. As someone who loves baking, this is a recipe that I must have in my cupboards. I love that this is so easy to put together and tastes amazing with its buttery crust and tender apples.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this pie?

This classic apple pie recipe can be frozen well covered for up to four months.

What are the best apples for this recipe?

It is up to your personal preference which apple you use for this recipe. We recommend Granny Smith as it has the best balance of sweet and tart flavors. You can also use Pink Lady or Honeycrisp for two more great choices.

Can I use store-bought pie crust?

It is up to you whether you use homemade or store-bought pie crust. Both will taste delicious with your apple pie.

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Apple Pie Recipe

5 from 2 votes
This easy apple pie recipe is so simple to make and is full of the best, rich flavor!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups Granny Smith apples peeled and thinly sliced in ¼-inch slices (about 3 lbs)
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 unbaked 9-inch pie crusts
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream to brush on top of the crust
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sanding sugar (aka turbinado sugar) to sprinkle on crust

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a deep dish 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
  • Peel and thinly slice apples and place them in a large mixing bowl. I use an apple peeler and slicer to make this super quick and easy.
  • In a small bowl mix brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flour. Pour this mixture on top of the apples. Using a wooden spoon stir the sugar mixture with the apples until the apples are evenly coated.
  • Place one pie crust in your pie plate. Pour the apple mixture in to the pie crust. Your pie will be full and may even mound up in the middle.
  • Top the apples with the second pie crust. I like to do a lattice top on my apple pie as it works best for this pie. Press the edges of the top and bottom crust together to seal the pie.
  • Brush the top of your lattice crust with the heavy cream and sprinkle it with the coarse sanding sugar (aka turbinado sugar).
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes, checking it at the 30-minute mark to see if your crust is browning too much. If it is you can gently place foil around the edges of your crust and continue to bake your pie until it is golden and bubbly.
  • Allow your pie to cool completely on the counter, for at least 4 hours, prior to cutting and serving. You want to make sure that all the juices have set up or you will not get a good slice of pie.

Notes

TIP: I like to bake my apple pies in the morning and serve them after they have had all day to rest and cool at room temperature. This makes serving the slices much easier. You can heat up individual slices in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds and then add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
TIP: If the apple slices are large, cut them in half so they fit better in the pie and will make slicing your pie a little neater after it is baked.
TIP: You do not want to completely cover the top of the pie because you do want the steam to escape and not leave you with soggy crusts.
TIP: Make sure you use a very sharp serrated knife to get a nice clean cut when slicing your apple pie.

Nutrition

Sodium: 251mg | Calcium: 28mg | Vitamin C: 6mg | Vitamin A: 96IU | Sugar: 32g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 195mg | Cholesterol: 3mg | Calories: 354kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 60g | Iron: 2mg
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