Our best homemade apple pie recipe is made with fresh apples and homemade buttery flaky crust dough!
It is a classic holiday pie recipe that that we use every Thanksgiving.
It pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
You can never go wrong with a homemade apple pie filling. When you use granny smith apples, you get the perfect texture for your apple pie.
We also include the best crust recipe as well. But, if you are looking to skip right to the delicious filling, you can also use store bought pie crust as well.
Ingredients Needed For Homemade Apple Pie:
- All-purpose flour
- Ice water
- Granny smith apples, cored, peeled and chopped into small pieces
- Brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground ginger
- Lemon juice
How To Make The Best Homemade Apple Pie:
To start the crust, take a small bowl and stir together the flour and salt and mix with a fork until they are combined.
Add in the cubed, cold butter and break it up into the flour with a fork or pastry blender.
The mixture will still have small lumps of butter and that is to be expected and what gives the flaky texture.
Slowly pour in the ice water to the mixture and mix it up with a fork until the dough starts to come together.
You do not want the dough to be sticky or dry, but a smooth texture. You might not even use all the water.
Once you have the right texture, work the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for an hour.
While the dough chills in the fridge, prepare your apples by coring, peeling, and chopping them into small pieces or slices.
Then add the apples to a medium bowl along with the sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and lemon juice.
Mix everything together until the apples are coated. Once that is done set the bowl aside for later.
After the hour is up, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and remove the pie crust dough from the fridge.
Lightly dust a clean working surface with flour and set the dough on the flour.
Cut the dough in half and roll each half into the shape of a circle trying to get the dough about 1/8th of an inch thick.
Once the dough is rolled out, place one of the rolled out pieces into the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch pie pan.
Make sure that the dough covers the whole pan, trimming off any excess dough.
Add in the cut up apple mixture from earlier on top of the pie crust.
Place the remaining rolled out pie crust on top of the apple filling, trimming off the excess dough again.
Be sure to either crimp or make a wave pattern around the edges of the pie to ensure that the crust seals together.
Check out this video for instructions on how to do the edges of a pie!
When the edges are sealed, use a pastry brush to brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.
Immediately after eggwashing the pie, sprinkle the remaining sugar on top of the pie.
Using a sharp knife, cut at least 4 slits in the top of the pie (this allows the pie to vent) or any other design that you might choose!
Place the apple pie in the oven and bake it for 50-60 minutes or until the crust turns a beautiful golden brown color.
Allow the pie to cool down and then serve it as is or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
Be sure to have these while making this simple apple pie recipe: