Perfect Apple Pie

Recipe for Perfect Apple Pie
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Apple Pie Filling


2 pounds firm-sweet apples (such as Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Jonagold)
1 pound firm-tart apples (such as Northern Spy, Granny Smith)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 taplespoon cornstarch
Double-Crust Pastry Dough (see below)
Flour (for work surface)
1 large egg, well beaten
1 tablespoon coarse or granulated sugar


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Peel and core apples, slice them ¼-inch thick, and put in a clean bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook in dutch oven for 10 minutes until apples are tender. Remove apples from heat and stir in cornstarch. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet, and put in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.  

3. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the larger disk of Double-Crust Pastry Dough (see recipe below) 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; press the crust into a plate and let extra dough hang over sides.

4. Transfer the apples into the pie plate.

5. 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.

6. Brush egg over pie surface; sprinkle with sugar. Make slits or decorative cuts to let steam escape. Bake 20 minutes.

7. Lower oven temperature to 375°F and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes longer.

Double-Crust Pastry Dough


8 servings

Preparation Time

30 Minutes

Total Time

70 Minutes

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Apple Pie

No this isn't my mom's apple pie recipe, hers was very simple and oh so delicious...Apples, peeled and sliced to fill crust, dabs of butter a sugar cinnamon and flour mixed with a bit of H2O poured over apples... top crust.

Question about statement in recipie

"Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet, and put in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes until room temperature."

I don't understand how you can put something in the freezer, till it's room temperature??

perfect apple pie

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You are correct. We have revised the instructions. Thank you!

RE: question about statement in recipe

Joanofark06, you put the apples in the freezer to cool them down quickly. They should not freeze in the short time they're in the freezer. You could also leave them on the baking sheet on the counter, but it will take longer to cool off.

Perfect with Cortland apples!

I made this pie with all Cortland apples and it was delicious! I’ve never had the apple pie/cheddar cheese combo before but it was great. Wonderful way to use the apples we just picked at the orchard!

Forgot to mention, idea to

Forgot to mention, idea to serve the pie with cheese came from the Vermont cheddar apple pie recipe on this site.
It works!

The recipe mentions a sugar

The recipe mentions a sugar mixture to put on apples when you fill the crust. Recipe calls to combine the sugar, apples, nutmeg and cinnamon in the dutch oven, so what mixture is being referred to in this step? According to recipe there is only the coarse sugar left for the top of the pie. Help!

Thank you for pointing this

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Thank you for pointing this out, Hal. We recently improved the recipe and the directions were not properly updated. Good to go now! Enjoy!

I like the Zest apples tart,

I like the Zest apples tart, sweet, & firm. I wonder how it would do in a pie?

Zestar apples are

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Zestar apples are exceptionally good eaten fresh, but they also do well in baked goods.

If you can find them, one of

If you can find them, one of the best pie apples is the Ida Red. But multiple apple types can be combined, depending on what is available -- this year I've used Ida Reds, Granny Smiths, Honeycrips, Fujis, Galas, Liberty, Pink Lady successfully -- Zestar, available early in the season, were bland, even when blended with Granny Smiths. I get my apples from nearby orchards when possible, but am not a fan of Jonathans or Jonagolds. Taste the apples you use in your pie -- cut back on sugar when they're especially sweet.

I love cortlands! I dry them

I love cortlands! I dry them, can them and bake everything with them. They make a perfect pie! I don't know what people are doing to get soggy pies, I never have that problem.

prefer tender apple

It surprises me when people discourage using Macintosh or similar apples in pies. I use them and never have a problem with a *soupy* result. I use a tablespoon of cornstarch as I mix the sugar in with the apples, I use half white half brown sugar & the usual spices cinnamon & nutmeg.
Also I add about a tsp of lemon juice to the apple slices & dot the whole mound of apples with
butter just for extra richness. Instead of egg wash on the crust I dot that with butter too & a sprinkle of sugar.

apple pie apples

I, too, always use Macs. I always have a perfect pie and perfect soft apple.

Tender Apple Pie

I agree totally with you and make my pies the same way! Matter of fact, I won't eat pie with hard apples. I use macintosh apples and do like Cortland also but I can't recall if I ever made a pie with them. Now my mouth is watering!!

which apples are the softest

which apples are the softest when making apple pie, I dont like crunchy apples in my pie

For apple pies, I like a mix

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For apple pies, I like a mix of "firm-tart" and "firm-sweet" apples for the perfect texture. You don't want apples that are too soft or your pie will just get very watery. An example of a firm-tart is Granny Smith. An example of a firm-sweet is a Baldwin as well as a Honeycrisp.

McIntosh is the softest. It

McIntosh is the softest. It is very flavorable and makes a delicious pie. It is my favorite. I use half the normal amount of sugar, so that it does not turn-out too sweet.

Cathy, I'm with you.

Cathy, I'm with you. Northern Spies bake soft, as do Macs. Cortlands are lovely pie apples too; bake soft, but still in recognizable slices. Just slice pretty thin: no thicker than~3/8". All three are excellent, but the Northern Spies have a flavor that's esp. wonderful, IMO. But you almost never see them in grocery stores, so keep in mind the Macs & Cortlands.

Growing up near Boston we

Growing up near Boston we spent much time visiting friends in New Hampshire. McIntosh apples still remain my favorites even after 30 years in Florida,We drove the Newburyport Turnpike in apple season where we bought a peck for .50 cents.My favorite times were spent sitting up in the old tree eating apples and reading.