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Apple Pie

The best classic homemade Apple Pie recipe is made with tons of fresh apples, scratch made flaky pie crusts, fall spices, and a sweet apple cider reduction.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 244kcal

Ingredients

Crusts:

Filling:

  • 2 cups apple cider unfiltered recommended
  • cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons pumpkin-pie spice
  • 7 apples peeled and and sliced into small pieces (about 3 pounds, see Notes about varieties)
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar decorator's sugar recommended

Instructions

To prepare the crusts:

  • To prepare crust, either make the best homemade crust ever using the link in the notes or you can use pre-made store bought crusts. Just ensure they are rolled out to fit a 9-inch pie pan with enough to seal the edges of the top and bottom crusts.

To prepare the apple pie filling:

  • Bring cider to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat as much as possible to maintain a simmer. Cook until reduced to ½ to ⅓ cup (about 20 minutes). You know it's done when you can scrape the bottom of the pan with a flat wooden spoon and it takes a second for the reduced cider to cover it back up. Cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 450° F with a baking sheet on a rack that is in the lower third of the oven.
  • Combine cooled cider, ⅓ cup sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Stir apple slices into cider mixture.
  • Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate, allowing dough to extend over edge of plate. Spoon apple mixture into crust. Place second pie crust on top of apple mixture. Dip finger into small bowl of water, rub along edges of pie crust, then gently press edges of dough together to seal. Fold edges under and flute.
  • Cut several slits into the top of pastry using a sharp knife to allow steam to escape during the cooking process. Combine egg and 1 teaspoon of water. Brush top and edges of pie with egg mixture, then sprinkle with sugar.
  • Place pie on preheated baking sheet, and bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove pie from oven), and bake an additional 45-60 minutes (see note below) or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Notes

  • The best pie crust recipe link. I only use butter and a secret ingredient to make it flaky!
  • Wondering what the best apples are to use in apple pie? I always prefer a mixture of apples that include tart and sweet. My favorites are granny smith paired with honey crisp, but the more varieties you use, the better it will taste!
  • Total cooking time for this recipe will depend heavily on the type of pie dish you use. Glass tends to cook the pie quicker than ceramic. 
  • Recipe adapted from Cooking Light 
  • Recipe makes 1 pie.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg