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
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.
- Cut in the chilled butter using a pastry cutter or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gradually add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together.
- 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.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir until the apples are evenly coated.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan and pour it over the apple mixture. Stir to combine.
Assembling the Pie
- Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the pie crust discs to fit a 9-inch pie dish.
- Transfer the pie crust to the dish, trimming the edges to leave a 1/2-inch overhang.
- Pour the apple filling into the pie crust and smooth out evenly.
- Roll out the second pie crust disc and cut into strips for the lattice top.
- Place the strips on top of the apple filling in a lattice pattern, trimming the edges to match the bottom crust.
- Crimp the edges of the pie crust to seal.
- Cut several slits in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape.
Baking the Pie
- 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.
- Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.
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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