Looking for the classic apple pie recipe? This is the perfect apple pie recipe for a beginner pie-maker—simple with delicious results! We’ll make sure you use the right apples for best flavor—and also provide an easy, buttery, homemade pie crust.
If you’re not up to making a pie dough, don’t let that stop you. You can certainly purchase easy refrigerated pie crust. That said, our homemade pie crust only requires a few pantry ingredients and comes out flaky and flavorful!
Tips for Bakers
- To avoid a mushy apple pie, you’ll need a mix of what we call “firm” apple varieties which hold their shape throughout the cooking process. If the apples listed in the recipe aren’t available, choose a mix of “firm-sweet” and “firm-tart” apples: see the list of best apples for baking pies.
- Always use fresh apples. If you don’t use them right away, put the apples in the refrigerator or they will go soft.
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Apple Pie Filling
Preheat oven to 425°. Peel and core apples, slice them ¼ inch thick, and put in a clean bowl. Toss to coat with lemon juice.
In a separate bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch.
Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the larger disk of Double-Crust Pastry Dough into a 12- to 13-inch circle, rolling out from the center and turning the dough as you go. Transfer to a 10-inch pie plate; let extra dough hang over sides.
Place a flat 1-inch layer of apples on bottom and sprinkle with a layer of sugar mixture. Repeat until you’ve used all apples and sugar.
Roll out second piece of pie dough and cover apples with it. Trim excess dough to about 1 inch overhang; tuck edges of top crust under bottom crust and crimp.
Brush egg over pie surface; sprinkle with sugar. Make decorative cuts to let steam escape. Bake 20 minutes.
Lower oven temperature to 375° and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes longer.
Double-Crust Pastry Dough
1. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt until well combined.
2. Sprinkle butter over flour mixture, and use your fingers to work it in (rub your thumb against your fingertips, smearing the butter as you do). Stop when the mixture looks like cornmeal, with some pea-size bits of butter remaining.
3. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons ice water on top, and stir with a fork until dough begins to come together. If needed, add more ice water, a tablespoon at a time.
4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead three times, or just enough to make a cohesive dough—don’t over mix!
5. Gather into a ball; then divide into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Press each piece into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes.