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:
- Mixing bowls (2)
- Liquid measuring cup
- Rubber spatula
- Rolling pin
- Pie pan
- Pastry brush (THESE work great!)
What Are The Best Apples To Use For Homemade Apple Pie?
Our go-to apple for baking pies is the Granny Smith apple, but since there are soooo many different types of apples out there it’s nice to know what else could be used in its place.
Get a good run down of the different types of apples you can use for your pies with the best apples for apple pie article from Taste of Home!
Want to add some design your pie?
If you are one that likes to get creative with your pie and make it absolutely stunning, you NEED to look at these beautiful pie crust design ideas by Sally’s Baking Addiction. You might just get inspired to do something extra fancy this year!
More easy pie recipes for Thanksgiving:
The Best Homemade Apple Pie
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup butter cold and cubed
- ½ cup ice water more or less as needed
- 2 ½ pounds Granny Smith Apples about 5-7 apples; cored, peeled, and cut into pieces
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- In a bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Mix with fork until combined.
- Add in cubed butter and break up into flour with a fork. This mixture will still have small lumps – that's perfectly fine.
- Slowly pour in the ice water and continue to mix with a fork until the dough starts to come together (you might find it helpful to just use your hands to help the dough come together at this point). You may not use all of the water, but if the dough feels dry then add more. The dough should not be sticky.
- Work the dough into a ball shape and wrap in plastic wrap. Place dough in the fridge for about an hour.
- While the dough is chilling, peel, core and cut the apples into small pieces (you can do slices or cubes – whatever you prefer). Add all the cut apples into a bowl along with sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and lemon juice. Mix together until all the apples are coated, then set bowl aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly dust a surface with flour. Remove the dough from the fridge and the plastic wrap and set on the floured surface. Cut the dough ball in half. Roll each half out in a circle that is about 1/8" thick.
- Place one of the rolled out circles of dough into a 8 or 9 inch pie pan. Make sure that the dough covers the entire pan (trim off any overhang if necessary).
- Add the pie filling to the pie crust.
- Place the other half of the pie dough on top of the apple filling.
- Trim the extra dough off the edges and pinch the pie dough edges together to make a "crimp" or wave pattern around the edge of the pie. You will want to make sure that all the edges are tightly sealed so that your apple filling doesn't escape while baking!
- Using a pastry brush, brush the top pie crust and edges with the beaten egg. Sprinkle the remaining sugar on top.
- Using a sharp knife, cut at least 4 slits in the top of the pie (you can make any design you want).
- Bake for 50-60 minutes in the preheated oven or until the crust is a golden brown color. Allow to cool and serve.
- We love to top ours with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream. Serves 8-10, depending on what size of slices you serve.
- Our go-to apple for baking pies is the Granny Smith apple, but since there are so many different types of apples out there it’s nice to know what else could be used in its place. Get a good run down of the different types of apples you can use for your pies with the best apples for apple pie article.
- If you are one that likes to get creative with your pie and make it absolutely stunning, you NEED to look at these beautiful pie crust design ideas by Sally’s Baking Addiction. You might just get inspired to do something extra fancy this year!
- Mixing bowls
- apple peeler
- Rolling Pin
- pie pan
- Pastry Brush
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