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a slice of homemade apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream. Pie is seasoned with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

This super easy, super comforting apple pie recipe is full of family tradition and will be your go-to dessert recipe all autumn long.

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An Easy, Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

Take home the cake (or should we say pie?) with this recipe for apple pie! A golden brown crust envelopes a cinnamon-sweet apple pie filling. We like to make our apple pie recipe from scratch using our perfected All-Butter Pie Crust, and of course a store-bought will do just fine here! It might seem impossible to wait to cut into your apple pie once you get a whiff of cinnamon-y comfort from the oven, but trust us, it’s worth the wait. Let the juices and filling thicken a little and you will be rewarded with the perfect slice. Take it to your next potluck, or serve it during the holidays – any way you slice it, it’s a timeless dessert. We like to top ours with a homemade whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

apples, pie crusts, butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and egg to make homemade apple pie

What Are The Best Apples to Use For Apple Pie?

The secret to the best pie is choosing the best apples! If you start with apples that are soft, mealy, or contain too much water (like Fuji), your fruit might bake with little texture. And we want a juicy, crisp, thick filling with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon! While you can use almost any apple to make an apple pie, and there are a variety to choose from, a few types of apples are better than others when it comes to making the best apple pie! At your local farm or grocery store, look for apples that are crisp and not too sweet, so they hold up to the delicious caramelized filling. Ideally, you’ll want an apple that is slightly tart, provides a good crunch, and is complex in flavor. For our homemade apple pie, we choose Granny Smith apples for their texture, juicy interior, and slight tartness. Make it your own by using a combination of apples for a variety of textures and flavors such as Cortland, Golden Delicious, or Honeycrisp.

water being poured into a pot with melted butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice for apple pie
apples that have been sliced, cored, and peeled being poured into a pot with apple pie filling
sliced, peeled apples being tossed in a pot with apple pie filling made with butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar and spices
homemade apple pie filling made with butter, brown sugar, sugar and spices being poured into a homemade pie crust

Do You Cook Apples Before Putting Them in a Pie?

Short answer: it depends on your palate! If you cook the apples before putting them in a pie, it will result in a softer filling texture and a slightly more caramelized flavor. But a more common (and easier) method is to let the oven do its job! This allows the brown sugar filling to mingle with the apples, creating a thick and juicy filling without the added work. We prefer not to bake our apples in our easy apple pie recipe because it creates the perfect consistency and sweetness.

beaten egg being brushed onto a raw apple pie using a pasty brush
a raw apple pie that has been brushed with beaten egg and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar sitting on a baking sheet

Apple Pie Ingredients

What do you need for a traditional apple pie recipe? These common pantry items paired with orchard fresh apples will help you make the best apple pie.

  • All-Butter Pie Crust or recipe for pastry crust

  • Granny Smith Apples (or a combo of your favorite fresh apples!)

  • Salted Butter

  • AP Flour

  • White and Brown Sugar

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg (optional, but we think it adds a warming touch)

  • Fresh lemon juice

  • Eggs

a simple homemade apple pie right out of the oven with golden brown flaky crust and topped with cinnamon and sugar

How to Make an Apple Pie

We are here to give you the best apple pie recipe! There are two components to apple pie (crust and filling) but we’re going to focus on how to make apple pie filling! If you’d like to make everything from scratch, try using this recipe for All-Butter Pie Crust.

  1. Prepare your apples! Peel, core, and cut into equal slices for consistent cooking time. This will ensure a soft crunch.

  2. Make your filling! Rich brown sugar and butter combine with a pinch of cinnamon, to make our apple pie filling recipe. Pro Tip: For our thickening agent, we use flour. When the butter combines with the flour, allow it to cook for a full 1-2 minutes. Don’t worry if you’re not sure when it’s done - you’ll be able to smell the aromatic nuttiness of the butter and flour together, ensuring a perfect caramel-y thick base for your apples.

  3. Prepare your pie crust! If you’re making your pie crust from scratch, this step needs to be done ahead of the filling, allowing ample time for it to chill in the fridge. It’s important to bake a chilled pie crust, or the crust will droop in the hot oven. Otherwise, store-bought works well, too! Just remember to keep the pie crust in the fridge until ready to fill.

  4. Bake! Two different temperatures make for the ideal bake. We start with the oven on 425° F to crisp up the crust and then drop it down to 350° F to get the filling all yummy and bubbly. You can always tent aluminum foil over the top if you see your top crust getting a little too golden brown.

  5. Cool and Enjoy! We know it’s impossible to wait once you smell the rich spices and fresh pie baking, but for the absolute best apple pie, we recommend waiting until completely cool to dig in.

a homemade apple pie with golden crust in a pie pan with a slice that has been cut out
a homemade apple pie with golden crust in a pie pan with slices that have been cut out and served on plates with forks

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several slices of homemade apple pie on plates served with vanilla ice cream

An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Try this simple apple pie recipe and let us know what you think! We’d love to see how you slice it up. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Apple Pie

September 14, 2022

  • Serves:8
  • Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories:290

Ingredients

  • 2 9 inch pie crusts
  • 8 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar + 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from one lemon)
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add flour and stir to form a paste, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add in ½ cup white sugar, brown sugar, ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until sugars begin to dissolve, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add in apples and toss to coat.

  3. Remove pie crust from the refrigerator. Working with one round of dough at a time. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough round out on a lightly floured surface into a 14-inch circle, with a thickness of about 1/4-inch. Carefully transfer it to your pie plate, pushing the crust into the pan without stretching. Trim the edges as-needed.

  4. Place the pie filling, including all excess liquid, into the prepared pie pan forming a slight mound.

  5. Roll out the second dough and gently set on top of the apples, trimming the edges as needed. Crimp the two crusts together using either a fork or your fingers.

  6. In a small bowl combine the remaining tablespoon of sugar and remaining ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Brush the entire pie with the beaten egg, sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Using a sharp knife make four, 2 inch, slits in the top of the crust.

  7. Bake pie on a baking sheet on the center rack for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue to bake pie, tenting with foil halfway through if crust is browning too quickly, until the crust is a deep golden brown and the filling is bubbling, about 45 minutes.

  8. Allow the pie to cool completely before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories290
  • Protein2 g
  • Carbohydrates43 g
  • Total Fat13 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol55 mg
  • Sodium133 mg
  • Total Sugars33 g

Questions & Reviews

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