Easy Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 6-7 medium apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or a mix for a sweet-tart taste)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

For the Crust:

  • 2 (9-inch) store-bought pie crusts or use your favorite homemade recipe

Equipment:

  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Rolling pin (if using homemade crust)
  • 9-inch pie dish
  • Sharp knife
  • Pastry brush (optional)

Instructions

Make the filling:

  • Prep the apples: Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
  • Mix: In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), and lemon juice. Toss gently until the apples are evenly coated.

Assemble the pie:

  • Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Bottom crust: Roll out one pie crust (if using homemade) and line the pie dish, gently pressing the sides.
  • Fill ‘er up: Spoon the apple mixture into the crust-lined pie dish. Dot the top with the butter pieces.
  • Top crust: Roll out the second pie crust (if using homemade). Place it over the filling. Trim the edges, leaving about 1/2 inch overhang. Crimp the edges together to seal. Cut several slits into the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  • Optional egg wash: For a golden-brown crust, whisk an egg with a tablespoon of water and brush it lightly over the top crust. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar if desired.

Bake:

  • Initial bake: Place the pie on a baking sheet (to catch any drips) and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Reduce heat and continue: Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and bake for another 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling through the slits in the top crust.
  • Cool before serving: Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing to allow the filling to thicken.

Tips:

  • Variety is nice! Use a combination of apple varieties for the best flavor balance.
  • Adjust sugar: If your apples are very sweet, you may want to reduce the sugar slightly.
  • Thicken it up: For a thicker filling, add an extra tablespoon of flour.
  • No soggy bottom: To help prevent a soggy bottom crust, you can blind bake it (without the filling) for a few minutes before adding the apple mixture.
  • Serve warm with toppings: Enjoy a warm slice of apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

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