Classic Apple Pie Recipe – How to Make Perfect Pie Every Time

Learn how to make the perfect classic apple pie with a flaky pie crust and juicy, cinnamon-spiced filling. Perfect for fall and winter desserts!

Apple pie is a timeless dessert that has been cherished for centuries. With its origin in medieval England, it has now become a staple in many countries worldwide. The secret to a successful apple pie lies in the quality of ingredients used. Fresh apples, butter, and sugar are some of the key components needed to make a mouth-watering pie. This recipe will guide you through the steps of making a flaky pie crust and a juicy, cinnamon-spiced apple filling. Additionally, we will provide tips for properly assembling and baking the pie to ensure a delicious outcome every time.

Ingredients A. For the Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 4-6 tbsp ice water

For the Filling

  • 8 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Pie Crust Preparation

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.
  2. Cut in the chilled butter using a pastry cutter or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Gradually add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Divide the dough in half and form into two discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Filling Preparation

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir until the apples are evenly coated.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and pour it over the apple mixture. Stir to combine.

Assembling the Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the pie crust discs to fit a 9-inch pie dish.
  3. Transfer the pie crust to the dish, trimming the edges to leave a 1/2-inch overhang.
  4. Pour the apple filling into the pie crust and smooth out evenly.
  5. Roll out the second pie crust disc and cut into strips for the lattice top.
  6. Place the strips on top of the apple filling in a lattice pattern, trimming the edges to match the bottom crust.
  7. Crimp the edges of the pie crust to seal.
  8. Cut several slits in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape.

Baking the Pie

  1. Bake the pie for 10 minutes at 425°F (220°C) and then reduce the heat to 375°F (190°C) and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  2. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.

Serving Options

Apple pie can be served warm or at room temperature with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

The pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat the pie, place it in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Tips for Success

  • Use fresh apples and good quality ingredients.
  • Chill the pie dough before rolling it out.
  • Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely before serving.

Apple pie is a timeless dessert that is perfect for fall and winter. With its flaky crust and juicy filling, it’s sure to become a family favorite. Happy baking!

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