Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie is, hands down, one of my favorite desserts and I bake a mean one, if I might say so myself.  In college, I would bake this pie every other week for my best friend and I to warm our bellies on chilly East Coast weekends.  I originally used this recipe, but I've adapted it quite a bit over years.  This pie recipe is a hit every time it's baked so if you're in the mood for something delicious, read on!


2 pie crusts (premade, thin)
3 Granny Smith Apples
2 Gala or Honeycrisp Apples
1 Golden Delicious Apple
1 Macintosh Apple
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of flour
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/3 cup of water
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

Preparation.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  In the meantime, spread the first pie crust out onto a 9" pie plate.  Peel and core the apples.  Cut the apples into 1/2 inch pieces and fill the pie plate evenly. Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon and nutmeg.  

The filling.  In a saucepan, melt the butter.  Add the flour and stir until the mixture becomes viscous over low to medium heat.  Add the sugar and water.  Stir to make sure the ingredients are well mixed.  Heat and stir the mixture until it starts to bubble.  When the mixture takes on the consistency of a thick syrup, pour it over the apple in a circular motion to ensure even coverage.  Continue filling the pie plate until tablespoon or so of the mixture remains. 

The upper crust.  Place the second crust on top of the pie plate filled with apples and filling.  Crimp around the edges to seal the two crusts together.  You can use the tines of a fork to create the pattern around the edges.  Cut 2" slits on the upper crust.  Drizzle the remainder of the filling on top of the pie and spread it with the back of a spoon to create a glaze.  

Baking.  Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 45 minutes.  As it bakes, you should see bubbling from the vents and browning of the crust.  

And then you eat it.  Remove the pie from the oven, let cool, and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!  Share with friends (or not) and enjoy!

I personally really like thin, flaky premade crusts, but feel free to make your own with this pie.  I've also used thick, whole wheat crusts from Whole Foods before and that worked out quite well.  To make cleanup even easier, line a baking tray with tin foil before placing the pie on it to bake.  This catches any overflow.  

There's my apple pie recipe!  Let me know if you try it and how it works out.  

What's your favorite pie?  Any baking tips you would like to share?


  1. Oh wow, this looks and sounds gorgeous! I usually make an apple crumble around this time of year, but now I'm tempted to go for a pie instead. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Amber - amberelb.com

  2. That pie looks delicious! Will definitely be pinning this recipe for future use!

  3. I love pie!!!!! I think it's because when I was growing up, I hardly ever had pie. Love myself a good ol' apple pie or pumpkin pie or pecan pie :3 Happy pi day!!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  4. Oh yum, this looks amazing. I love apple pie, but I've never made it myself (not much of a baker!).

    Jane / deluminators

  5. I've always wanted to bake a pie! Thanks for sharing recipe. It looks easy for me to follow. I will let you know when I try it.

  6. It is currently dark, gloomy and cold in Sydney, so this homemade apple pie looks like the perfect dessert to indulge in right now.

    Emily | http://emilytrinh.com

  7. i never try to make one. but i sure as hell will try this! thank you for sharing, alyse! it looks amazing. ugh drools :Q_________

  8. Warm apple pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream is my favorite! I have to try this recipe sometime. Your photos are beautiful! xo Jaime @angloyankophile

  9. Yay, you posted it. Bookmarking this and will probably need to find a good alternative to butter... and wow, the amount of apples needed to make this took me by surprise (then again I've never really made apple pie).

  10. This looks amazing, Alyse! Warm apple pie with ice cream is my absolute favourite weekend treat.