This easy apple pie is a delicious way to celebrate fall. Using only a few pantry staple ingredients and requiring less than 30 minutes of hands on work, this pie is a great dessert to share with those you love.
How to make the perfect pie crust
Making the perfect pie crust is a lot easier than it is thought to be. All you need to make a perfect pie crust is flour, butter, salt, and water.
The two most important things to remember and keep in consideration when making a pie crust are temperature and the amount of mixing that has occurred.
Temperature is super important when it comes to making a good pie crust. If the butter gets too warm, it melts, leaving you with an oily, not very flaky crust. The goal of your pie crust is to have the most flaky pie crust that can possibly be made.
The other thing that is very important when making pie crust is making sure that you do not over mix the dough. If the dough is over mixed, the butter pieces become too small and then you don’t get the flaky layering and the gluten structure becomes overworked, making the dough tough. Another thing to remember when mixing your dough- if you can’t see any little butter chunks anymore-you have mixed it too much. There should be some tiny streaks of butter throughout your dough, this is going to make it extra flaky 🙂
My Favorite Ways to Decorate the Top of the Pie
While I used the classic lattice method for decorating the top of this pie, there are many ways to decorate a pie and I love using different methods depending on my mood.
The Kitchen McCabe’s rhubarb and strawberry pie is literally the prettiest pie I’ve ever seen. I also really love the way that Hither and Thither decorates their pie with little pie crust leaves. Hummingbird High also decorates her pies in a super cute way, making letters out of the pie crust.
What Type Of Apples should I use??
There are a lot of great apple varieties that you can use to make this pie. Personally, I prefer to use honey crisps for this recipe because they are my familys favorite. But feel free to use any type of apple that you love 🙂
Easy Apple Pie
- 3½ cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Salted Butter (cold but pliable)
- ⅔ cup Water (very cold)
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 8 cups Apples
- ⅔ cup Sugar
- 2-3 tbsp Cinnamon (depends on personal preference)
- ¼ cup Cornstarch
- ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- Combine the flour and the butter in a medium-sized bowl. Using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, cut the butter into the flour until all of the butter chunks are the size of small peas.
- Add the salt and the cold water and mix until a rough dough has just formed.
- Cut the dough into two equal disks and put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
- While the dough is chilling, slice and peel the apples, placing them in a large bowl. Add the cinnamon, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla to the apples. Mixing until completely combined.
- Roll out each disk of pie crust on a lightly floured surface until circle that is roughly ⅛ -¼ inch thick.
- Line the pie pan with one of the prepared pie crusts. Pour the apple filling into the crust.
- Slice the remaining pie crust disk into thin rows and use them to latice the pie. Alternatively, you can use the remaining pie crust to decorate the pie however you would like.
- Once the top of the pie is laticed, crimp the edges of the pie crust to make a neat and even rim around the pie.
- Bake the pie at 350° for 45-55 minutes, or until it starts to bubble and has a golden brown crust.
- Enjoy the apple pie warm or cold, topping with ice cream or whipped cream if desired. The apple pie will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.