Classic Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Pie
Prep. time:
120 min

Origin: Apple pie holds a special place in American culinary history and is often referred to as an iconic American dessert. While its exact origins are debated, apple pie has been enjoyed in various forms for centuries. Early European settlers brought apple pie recipes to America, where they were adapted and became a symbol of American tradition. Today, apple pie is a beloved dessert enjoyed on holidays, special occasions, or simply as a comforting treat.

Yield and Difficulty:

  • This recipe makes one 9-inch pie.
  • Difficulty Level: Medium

Ingredients for making Classic Apple Pie

  • · For the Pie Crust:
  • · 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • · 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • · 1 teaspoon salt
  • · 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • · 6-8 tablespoons ice water
  • · For the Apple Filling:
  • · 6-7 medium apples (such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and sliced
  • · 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • · 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • · 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • · 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • · 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • · 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • · 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • · 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • · For Assembly:
  • · 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • · 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (for sprinkling)

How to make Classic Apple Pie - Step by step Instructions:

  1. For the Pie Crust:
  2. Prepare Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the cold cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add Ice Water: Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing gently with a fork or your hands until the dough starts to come together. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  4. Form Dough: Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until firm.
  5. For the Apple Filling:
  6. Prepare Apples: In a large mixing bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  7. Add Sugar and Spices: In a separate bowl, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Add the sugar mixture to the sliced apples and toss until evenly coated.
  8. Assembly:
  9. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven to preheat as well.
  10. Roll Out Dough: On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disk of chilled pie dough into a circle large enough to fit into the bottom of a 9-inch pie dish. Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough to the pie dish, pressing it gently into the bottom and sides.
  11. Add Apple Filling: Spoon the prepared apple filling into the pie crust, spreading it out evenly. Dot the top of the filling with small pieces of butter.
  12. Roll Out Top Crust: Roll out the second disk of chilled pie dough into a circle large enough to cover the top of the pie. Place the rolled-out dough over the apple filling.
  13. Seal and Crimp Edges: Trim any excess dough from the edges and crimp the edges of the pie crust using your fingers or a fork to seal.
  14. Ventilate Pie: Cut several slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking. Alternatively, you can create a lattice crust for a decorative touch.
  15. Brush with Egg Wash: Brush the top crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar for a golden and shiny finish.
  16. Bake: Place the assembled pie on the preheated baking sheet in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  17. Cool and Serve: Allow the apple pie to cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve slices warm or at room temperature, optionally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Nutritional Advantages

  • Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
  • While pie crust is high in carbohydrates and fats, it provides energy and can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Recipe Alternatives for Dietary Restrictions:

  • For a gluten-free pie crust, use a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour.
  • For a dairy-free option, use plant-based butter or vegetable shortening in the pie crust.

Tips for Enhancing the Recipe

  • Experiment with different varieties of apples to find the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness for your taste preferences.
  • Add a splash of apple cider or bourbon to the filling for extra flavor.
  • Sprinkle the top crust with cinnamon sugar before baking for an extra layer of sweetness and spice.
  • Serve the pie with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a sprinkle of chopped nuts for added texture and flavor.

Delight in the comforting nostalgia of homemade Classic Apple Pie with our irresistible recipe. Made with crisp, tart apples nestled in a flaky, buttery crust and seasoned with warm spices, this timeless dessert is a beloved favorite for holidays, gatherings, or simply a cozy evening treat. Whether served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoyed cold with a dollop of whipped cream, our Classic Apple Pie promises to satisfy every sweet craving. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a slice of homemade goodness!

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