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Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

Updated on January 25, 2012

The Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe - Classic, Delicious American Apple Pie That Won't Disappoint

Apple pie is an all time American favorite. It goes great with ice cream or whipped cream, is great served up hot, and still delicious when served cool. This apple pie recipe doesn't call for any fancy ingredients, or any extra steps in making the crust - it's just a go-to, tasty apple pie recipe that will remain a staple in your collection. Be sure to have some premium vanilla ice cream on hand, along with plenty of eager dessert lovers. Continue reading for directions and the ingredient list for the best homemade apple pie recipe below!

Apple pie is one of America's favorite dessert dishes. If you're looking for an all-time classic version of apple pie, this one fits the bill. There's no secret ingredients, no time consuming work on the crust, it's just a dependable recipe that we might be able to dub the best homemade apple pie recipe because of its simplicity and reliability (it's hard to get this one wrong!).

* 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

* 3/4 teaspoons salt

* 2/3 cup butter

* 10 Tablespoons cold water

* 6 cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apples (cored and peeled)

* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

* 1 cup sugar

* 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour

* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

How to Make the Apple Pie Crust

1. For the crust, stir together the flour, salt, and pour the butter into the mix. Take a fork and mash the butter into the mixture until it gets firmer. Add the water bit by bit, until it is wet enough to form a crust. Cut the dough in half, and form two pastry balls.

2. On a floured surface, roll out one ball of dough. Set that into the pie crust plate. Butter the bottom of the pie crust prior to placing the crust into the plate (or use a small amount of shortening). Flatten the pie crest to remove air bubbles, and pull it over the sides of the plate.

3. Cover the other ball of pastry crust so it doesn't dry out, with plastic wrap. Set aside. (Continue on to directions below).

Good Cook Pie Plate - Make your pies stand out from the rest with this sturdy pie plate

Does a pie plate really look all that appetizing in a cold, metal pie plate, or a disposable pie plate? Not really. A sturdy, heavy ceramic pie plate will insulate your pie when it's cooking, and give it an attractive look that will make your pies really shine. One of the bonuses of this pie plate is that it won't wobble around when you bring your pie from the counter to the table, or from the oven to a cooling rack. Just what you need for a pie-free floor and tasty apple pie.

Good Cook 9 Inch Ceramic Pie Plate, Red
Good Cook 9 Inch Ceramic Pie Plate, Red

* Red glazed exterior and cream interior

* Sturdy construction, attractive red color on the outside (makes your pies look fancier!)

* You won't have to worry about cutting through the metal or disposable aluminum - it's ceramic!

* Oven to table design

* Microwave, freezer, oven and dishwasher safe.


Directions for Homemade Apple Pie

Easy step by step direction on how to make apple pie

If you're thinking apple pie is hard to make, it's not. It does take a little bit of time, but the steps are pretty simple. Once you've made one pie, you're next one will go a lot smoother. Here are the step by step directions on how to make this apple pie recipe, along with some photos of the process:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Peel and core the apples.

The flour and sugar mix, being mashed together with a potato masher. And that cup you see in the background on the left is the I Am Not a Paper Cup reusable cup (for morning coffee).

2. Stir together the cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and sugar until well moistened in a large bowl. Add the apple mixture into the pie plate that has the crust on the bottom.

3. Take the other half of the pastry dough and roll out into a round, flat sheet. Gently place on top of the apples. Push together the two crusts together at the seams, and take a fork around the edge to give the pie a ridged look around the crust.

Use a fork to make lines in the crust as desired, or use your fingers to indent the crust making patterns, weaves, etc. (or just leave it as is, depending on how fancy you want your pie).

4. Brush the top of the pie with milk, then dust lightly with granulated sugar (about 1 teaspoon). This will help the sugar stick to the crust. Bake for 1 hour, or until the filling is tender and the top is lightly browned. Remove, and let cool slightly. Serve immediately with ice cream or whipped cream.

Some Tips for a Better Apple Pie:

* Make the pastry crust fresh. Using a pre-done crust saves some time, but tastes a lot different (not in a good way).

* Experiment with your pie. Add some different similar spices, like allspice, ginger, or cloves, in small amounts. See what people do and don't like.

* Place aluminum foil on top of your pie for the first half of the cooking cycle if your oven runs hotter than normal. The only way to tell this is by trial and error!

* Make sure you always have ice cream and/or whipped cream on hand for this apple pie recipe. It never tastes as good without it!

* Don't skimp on the ice cream. Cheaper ice cream tastes like... cheap ice cream. And if you're making homemade apple pie, why bother serving it with low quality ice cream?

If you're ever looking to save yourself the time and buy an incredible gourmet apple pie, has some excellent ones that can be shipped to your door (and they also have some decadent looking cheesecakes, too).

Products That Will Simplify This Apple Pie Recipe - Recommended, well reviewed apple pie making products

The right tool for an apple pie will make serving the pie easier, peeling the apples a breeze, and combining the pastry a whole lot easier. With these recommended products in your collection, you'll be able to make a pie much quicker, and chances are, you'll be making them more often. Guests, friends and family will love that!

OXO SteeL Pie Server
OXO SteeL Pie Server

Serve up your pie easier with this awesome OXO steel pie server. You put all the time into making it, don't serve it up with a small knife that will make a big mess!

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Bladed Dough Blender and Cutter
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Bladed Dough Blender and Cutter

A pastry blender will make combining flour with wet ingredients super easy. A big time saver, and it will combine things better.

Fox Run 4050 Marble Rolling Pin and Base, White
Fox Run 4050 Marble Rolling Pin and Base, White

A marble rolling pin is easier to peel dough from than a wooden one, and much, much easier to wash.

Pinzon Apple and Potato Peeler, Corer, and Slicer
Pinzon Apple and Potato Peeler, Corer, and Slicer

Don't eat much apples because they're a pain to core? This useful gizmo will be your new best friend in the kitchen.

OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting & Pastry Brush - Small
OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting & Pastry Brush - Small

A good pastry brush has so many uses for cooking. Spread out olive oil on breads, milk on this apple pie, brush marinades over meats... it's an essential kitchen tool.


Cut your own designs into the top of the crust, or take some of the leftover crust and form it into shapes which can be put onto the top of the pie, and fastened together with some brushed milk.

Apple pie... all done and ready to serve!

Apple pie... all done and ready to serve!
Apple pie... all done and ready to serve!

A Cookbook for Apple Pie Lovers - Make a better, tastier apple pie with over 100 different homemade recipes!

No bake pies, Dutch Apple pie, it's all in this book that features over a hundred different apple pie recipes. It's one of the most popular American desserts of all time, so is it all that over the top to have a book at your disposal that has 100 different apple pie recipes? Improve your existing pie recipe, try a bunch of new ones, and find out what makes separates good pies from extraordinary ones with this apple pie lovers cookbook.

Apple Pie Perfect: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite Pie
Apple Pie Perfect: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America's Favorite Pie

If you have someone in your family that loves to cook and bake, this apple pie encyclopedia would be a great addition to their collection. Who knows, maybe they'll thank you with one of the tasty pies from the book?


More Delicous Apple Pie Recipes - Try these other homemade apple pie recipes...

Here are a few of the other recipes on the web that have good reviews from people who have made them:

Classic Apple Pie Filling - How to make apple pie filling - an easy cooking tutorial

Need some moving visuals to help you with your recipe? There's no way this can be messed up. This easy tutorial will walk you through every step of the way:

Share your best apple pie making tip, tell us about your favorite apple pie, or tell us how this recipe came out for you! Or, just proclaim your love for apple pie, there's nothing wrong with that either.

What's Your Best Apple Pie Recipe Tip? - Have one little (or big) thing you like to do to your pies that sets them apart?

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Northerntrials: Ice cream, but cheddar sounds like a great pairing that I've seen others do.

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      Northerntrials 5 years ago

      Great lens. Do you serve ice cream with your pie or cheddar cheese?

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      BabySadako 5 years ago

      I love to eat apple pies, thanks for the recipe. Great lens! =)

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      mj11769 5 years ago

      Great lens......nice recipes on apple pie...

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Love apple pie any way, but especially when it s warm and has a scoop (or two) of Blue Belle homade vanilla ice cream on top.

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      g6g8612 6 years ago

      This lenses is so good on how to make apple pie, please check out my lenses

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      We have an apple tree in our backyard so apple pie is one of our favorite and most commonly served desserts. Yummy.

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      heehaw lm 6 years ago

      wow yummy apple pie.... thanks for the recipe.

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      Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      What a lovely lens you've created. Your recipe is one to add to my Bake List. Thanks for sharing all these recipes, hints and tips. I've added your Lens to mine as it fits in so well - - check out my recipe for Heavenly Apple Pie.

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      My mouth is watering just reading this lens!

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      Hrsshoe 6 years ago

      Hard to beat a good apple pie. Nice Lens

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      wildsimplicity 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This apple pie looks delicious! And I love that you included photos for each step of the baking process. Liked. :)

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      There's nothing like the sweet aroma of a freshly baked pie. Very nicely done!

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      flutestar123 lm 6 years ago

      Yum! I love apple pies so much. Thanks for sharing.

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      This looks excellent! Pies aren't as good if they aren't home made.

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      Ruth Coffee 6 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Your recipe sounds heavenly. I use Granny Smith apples too, they have so much flavor!

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      wiedruce 6 years ago

      The apple pie looks yummy.. I will try the recipe..thanks for sharing!

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      Judy Filarecki 6 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Looks really good. I've just good to try it without the refined sugar. As a diabetic, I usually substitute unsweetened orange juice concentrate for the lemon and sugar, and use golden delicious apples. Recently I've been using bananas as a sweetener. I wonder what an apple-banana pie would taste like. I'm sending a blessing along just in case the one in July has worn off.

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      autofanatic 6 years ago

      That's some tasty looking apple pie! My favorite is apple-pumpkin.

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      Bob 6 years ago from Kansas City

      Oh yea, this looks good! Is there anything better than fresh apple pie and coffee?? Thanks for sharing.

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      Thanks for lens, home made apple pie is so much better than the ones you get in the shops around here nowadays.

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      airblastparts 6 years ago

      Mmmmm apple pie and ice cream.

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      intermarks 6 years ago

      Wonderful! I have never make apple pie by myself, now I think I will try to make it after this.

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      This looks phenomenal, great lens, Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this looks like my grandma's apple pie! looks delicious just looking at it. earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader.

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. I never tire of seeing more apple pie recipes as I looove apple pie!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      OH MY GOD!!!! That is a seriously YUMMY pie! blessed!!!!

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      iQwestArticles 6 years ago

      Your homemade apple pie recipe sounds great and the apple pie looks great! There really can be a huge difference in apple pies (ranging from scrumptious to unbelievably poor). Personally, there's nothing like a great crust and lots of it!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I would like to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      BlondeBomber 6 years ago

      This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. Apple pie happens to be a staple at Thanksgiving and me aunt usually makes it. This year she will be unable to attend, so I think I might just have to use this recipe! Thank you!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      What a great lens. This has made my tummy rumble. I'm all for trying out this recipe. Thanks!

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      I love apple pie, but I've never made it from scratch. Maybe I should start!

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      katwalcott 6 years ago

      This looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      I've never made an apple pie I didn't like, and have some delicious looking pictures here. Looks like I need to try yet another recipe. Thanks for a yummy lens, just in time for Thanksgiving!

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      SoniaCarew 6 years ago

      LOOKS GREAT!!! My late mother did an excellent apple pie.

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      Bahrns 6 years ago

      I love apple pies, I like it sweet,crunchy and a little bit tangy at the same time. My wife uses equal amount of golden delicious and granny smith to achieve the perfect taste that me and my kids love... Top it with vanilla ice cream and we got a perfect treat... yum-oh

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      writer_villa 6 years ago

      Mouth-watering lens!

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      THNeto 6 years ago

      Mad for apple pie & this sounds seriously yummy-rushing out to buy apples!

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      I'm not much of a baker, but I try. This looks tasty and not too difficult. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mamaboo LM 6 years ago

      There's nothing like scratch!!! Thanks for Sharing

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This looks excellent, the pastry looks very similar to the kind my Mum used to make, thick and the right kind to absorb all the juices. Blessing left behind.

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      Gerald McConway 6 years ago

      I think it is time to head to the farm and get some apples :)

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      very nice lens... of course I love apple pie, and I'll try the receipes!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Nothing beats a classic apple pie.

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      Helene-Malmsio 7 years ago

      wow this is a truly delicious lens - I'm almost tempted to try making my own homemade apple pie! Big thumbs up and Like from me.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yet another tasty-looking lens :)

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      jgall34 lm 7 years ago

      great lens and the apple pie looks delicious.

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lense.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      This covers just about everything I could need to make an apple pie. A great recipe lens, blessed by a Squid Anngel today and added to my angel lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts! This sounds and looks delicious!

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      MerryChicky 8 years ago

      Great lens! 5* and a fave. If I were an angel, I'd bless it. :) I did have one question: when you say to pour the butter into the flour mix for the crust, do you mean that you've melted it, or that you chop it up and cut it in cold?