Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

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Here is our family recipe for Homemade Apple Pie. Pastry that is flaky, tender, and delicious. Sweet apple filling that is juicy and tart. Combined to bring you the most lovely, appetizing apple pie we’ve ever tasted. 

Allow Pie to Cool before Serving

(Post modified with new photos on 10/18/22.)

This recipe has been in our family for at least four generations and has won two grand champion ribbons at our county fair. Having entered this recipe in cooking competitions through the years, we’ve tweaked the recipe to make it even better.

If using Granny Smith Apples, we will precook the sliced apples in the microwave for a few minutes to help them soften while baking.

We’ve tried several varieties of apples when making an apple pie, but always return to Granny Smith, our favorite. It turns out a juicy, tart, delicious pie.

Another new step is to bake the pie in an oven on the next-to-lowest rack to ensure getting a nicely cooked bottom crust.

 

Ingredients needed for Homemade Apple Pie

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Granulated Sugar
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Shortening
  • Cold Water
  • Whole Milk
  • Sugar for topping the crust

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Apples

Using a paring knife, peel and core your apples, and then slice to desired thickness. You could also use an apple corer if you have one.

In large microwave-safe bowl,  cook the apple slices in microwave for 6-10 minutes, until they are just starting to soften.

Precooking the apples in the microwave give the fresh slices a head start to being tender. This will help ensure that they are nice and juicy in the pie.

Add Sugar and Spices to the Softened Apple Slices

Sprinkle granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg over the apple slices. Stir until mixed well.

 

Make the Pie Dough

In medium sized bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour and salt. Add vegetable shortening and cut in with a pastry fork until crumbly.

Pour in 1/4 cup cold water and begin mixing into the dough. Then add the remaining water to finish mixing the dough. Dough should now hold together in a ball.

Preparing Crust for Pie or Quiche

Roll out dough on floured surface the size of your pie plate. For top crust, make slits in the dough so your pie can breath while it is baking. These can be simple slits or intricate designs. It’s fun to give your top crust a signature design that shows who baked it. Note the “V” in my pie crusts for Vogts.

 

Assemble the Pie

Dot Apple Filling with Butter Before Adding Top Crust

Form the bottom crust along the edges and extending over the rim of the pie plate.

Spoon the apple mixture into the bottom crust of the the pie plate, mounding the apples in the center. Dot the apple filling with bits of butter. With your fingers, brush water along the edges of the crust, which will help seal the two crusts together.

Sprinkle Milk and Sugar over the Top Crust

Carefully, place the top crust onto the apples and press the palm of your hand against the edges of the pie plate to cut off excess dough. Crimp the edges using your thumbs and forefinger. Brush the top with whole milk and then sprinkle it with granulated sugar for a sweet sparkly shine.

Apple Pie Fresh from the OvenBake pie in preheated oven on the next-to-lowest rack for 50-60 minutes to get a nice flaky bottom crust that is cooked all the way through. This will also give you a lovely crisp top that is golden brown with juices bubbling through the slits. Allow the pie to cool for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serving Apple Pie with Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream

Serve warm apple pie with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. This recipe will serve 8-10 people.

You may store any leftovers by covering the pie with aluminum foil, for up to 3 days at room temperature or five days in the refrigerator. After that the crust starts to get a bit soft. However, you may reheat slices of pie in the oven or toaster oven before serving.

When baking pies for the holidays, one trick I’ve found to freshen your pie is to place it in a 350 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes to give the crust a nice crispness when serving. This is quite handy when you’re baking pies a day or two prior to the dinner. 

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Recipe for Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

Here is a favorite recipe for homemade apple pie:
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Desserts, Fruit Pie, Granny Smith Apples, Shortening Pie Crust, Vegetable Shortening
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

Apple Corer
Blending Fork
Rolling Pin
Deep Pie Dish

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Granny Smith apples cored, peeled and sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Pie Pastry

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7/8 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water 2 parts
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Apples

  • Using a paring knife, peel and core your apples, and then slice to desired thickness. You could also use an apple corer if you have one.
  • In large microwave-safe bowl,  cook the apple slices in microwave for 6-10 minutes, until they are just starting to soften.

Make the Pastry Crust

  • In medium sized bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour and salt. Add shortening and cut in with a pastry fork until crumbly.
  • Pour in 1/4 cold cup water and begin to mix the dough. Add the remaining water to finish mixing the dough. Dough should hold together in a ball.
  • Roll out dough on floured surface the size of your pie plate. For top crust, make slits in the dough so your pie can breath while it is baking. These can be simple slits or intricate designs.

Assemble the Pie

  • Form bottom crust along the edges and extending over the rim of the pie plate.
  • Add apple mixture to the bottom crust. Dot apples with bits of butter.
  • Smooth water along edge of pie crust with fingertips to help seal the pie. Add the top pastry to pie and crimp edges.
  • Brush whole milk over the top of the pastry and then sprinkle with granulated sugar to make a pretty crust.
  • Bake on lower oven rack for 50-60 minutes until top crust is golden and filling is bubbling. Serves 8-10.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg
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