It’s hard to beat the taste of a freshly baked apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. No matter what time of the year it is, apple pie makes for a wonderful dessert. You’ll love the best homemade apple pie recipe with fresh apples.
There are several variations of apple pie, but using fresh apples makes all the difference for the best apple pie. Whether for a holiday, BBQ or birthday party, you can’t go wrong with a homemade pie. In addition, it will make your house smell wonderful while it is baking.
When it comes to making apple pie, some apples work better than others. It is also common to use a mixture of different types of apples, such as a mix of sweet and tart, to create a perfect balance. The types of apples available will also depend on what time of the year it is.
- 1 refrigerated boxed pie crust
- 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 9-inch glass pie plate
Step by Step Instructions
Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Pie Crust
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pie crust in the ungreased pie plate and press firmly against the sides and bottom.
Step Two: Mix the Filling
In a large bowl, mix together the freshly peeled and sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice. Place the mix in the pie crust and cover with the top crust. Wrap the excess top crust together with the bottom, pressing the edges to seal.
Step Three: Bake the Pie
Cut slits or different shapes on several parts of the pie crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown. After the first 15-20 minutes of baking, cover the edge of the crust with 2-3 inches of tin foil to prevent over-browning.
Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least two hours before serving. As it cools, the filling will thicken.
Tips and Tricks
Though apple pie is already amazing by itself, you can take it up a notch by adding caramel and pecans. After taking the apple pie out of the oven, you can drizzle ⅓ cup of caramel topping across the top and sprinkle 2-4 tablespoons of chopped pecans. The caramel and pecans perfectly complement the spiced apples in the pie.
If you are short on time, you can make your pie ahead of time and freeze it for later. Simply bake the pie as the instructions say and allow it to fully cool. Wrap the pie tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a two-gallon freezer bag.
The pie can be kept in the freezer for up to four months. To reheat, allow the pie to thaw in your fridge overnight. Then remove the pie from the plastic wrap and freezer bag, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
No matter the occasion, apple pie is a delicious treat. Whether a pro baker or a novice, you can make this tasty pie. Using fresh apples will make for the best apple pie you’ve ever had.
Karen Rutherford is founder and editor in chief at Cakedecorist. You will often find her in the kitchen creating edible works of art or trying out some new recipes. As a pâtissière and baking enthusiast, Karen has decided to share her abundant knowledge with the internet audience and provide only the best tips and recipes for baking and decorating your favorite sweets.