This easy homemade apple pie recipe is one of my all-time favorites. The crunchy pie crust consists of only five ingredients and it`s filled with a yummy apple filling seasoned with cinnamon.
I always choose homemade pie dough over the store-bought version. You can make it a few days ahead of time and store it in the freezer or refrigerator until you need it.
Follow my step-by-step instruction to make this apple pie from scratch successfully. The pie is eggless, and you can make it also dairy-free if you substitute butter with dairy-free margarine. I used to replace butter with such substitutes because of my son`s food allergies.
I also recommend my Mini Apple Pies In Muffin Tins, made with a different but also delicious crust.
What is an apple pie made of?
The pie crust consists of Plain flour, cold butter, and ice-cold water along with some salt and sugar that contribute to the caramelization of the crust during the baking.
The filling contains peeled and sliced apples mixed with a pinch of salt, cinnamon, sugar, and semolina (farina).
- Semolina (farina) will collect some of the released juice from the apples and thicken the filling.
- The sugar amount may vary depending on the kind of apples you choose, sweet apples require less added sugar than tart types.
The best apple types for an apple pie are Granny Smith and Golden delicious, I often combine them for the best flavor. Idared, Jonagold, Pink Lady, Bramley, and Jonathan are also good apple types for making pie filling.
What equipment do I need to make a pie?
- A rolling pin can be made of various materials like wood, plastic, or stainless steel. I have an old-fashioned wooden rolling pin I use for every kind of dough.
- Pie dishes also come in a variety of sizes, and designs and are made of various materials like glass, ceramics, or metal. There are also disposable pie dishes on the market. For this recipe, I used a metal tart pan with a fluted edge and a removable bottom 27 cm / 10.5 inches in diameter.
- You also need a pastry brush to apply the egg wash on top of the pie.
Optional, but useful tools that make the work easier:
- A food processor comes in handy when you make pie dough because it cuts the butter without warming it up. You can also use a pastry cutter for making the dough. If you are making the dough by hand, be careful not to overwork it because your warm hands can melt the butter.
- A potato peeler is my favorite tool for peeling apples, but it can also be done with a knife.
- A pizza cutter wheel makes it easy to cut stripes for the lattice.
- I like to use cookie-cutter stamps to make decorations on the pie. This pie crust dough holds its shape well, so the decorations always turn out great. This time I made some flowers, but in the autumn I like to make leaves or Christmas decorations for the holidays.
How to make an apple pie?
Make the pie dough first:
- Mix the sifted flour with sugar and salt.
- Add the cold butter and cut it into small cubes.
- Work the flour mixture with the butter for a short time. The butter should not melt but remain visible in coarse pieces in the dough.
- Add the ice-cold water little by little and knead briefly until the dough comes together.
- Wrap the dough in foil and refrigerate for at least half an hour.
Prepare the apple filling while the dough is chilling:
- Peel the apples cut them into 4-8 parts and slice thinly.
- Mix the apples with the sugar and salt and set them aside to release their juice.
- Discard the juice and mix the apples with the farina and the cinnamon.
Assemble the pie:
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F.
- Divide the dough into two equal parts, one for the bottom of the pie and the other for the lattice.
- Roll out one-half of the dough on a floured surface into a 3 mm / 1/8 inch thick circle larger than the pie dish. Transfer the dough to the dish with the rolling pin.
- Separate an egg and mix the egg white with a fork.
- Poke the bottom of the pie with a fork on a few spots to make tiny holes on the surface, then brush it with egg white. This will prevent the pie from being soggy.
- Pour the apples into the pie crust.
- Roll out the remainder of the dough on a floured surface 3 mm / 1/8 inch thick.
- Cut strips with a pizza cutter wheel or a knife and make the lattice.
- Mix the egg yolk with a tablespoon of water for the egg wash and apply it to the top of the lattice with a pastry brush.
Bake the apple pie:
- Place the pie into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes at 200°C / 400°F, then reduce the temperature to 150°C / 300°F and bake for another 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the pie cool down before slicing.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or custard.
Can you make a pie ahead of time?
- The pie dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- The assembled pie can also be frozen and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let it thaw before baking.
- You can also freeze the baked pie, wrapped in foil or in a plastic container. Let it thaw and warm up in the oven or a microwave before serving.
Easy Homemade Apple Pie Recipe From Scratch
A crispy pie crust with an apple
For the pie crust:
- 2 cups plain flour
- 200 g / 7 oz cold butter
- 170 g / 3/4 cup ice water (may vary a little)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
For the apple filling:
- 6 cups peeled, sliced apples
- tablespoon semolina (farina)
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- A large pinch of salt
- 100 g / 3.5 oz granulated sugar
For the egg wash:
- 1 egg, separated egg white and yolk
- 1 tablespoon water
Make the pie dough first:
- Sift the flour and mix it with the sugar and salt.
- Add the cold butter cut into small cubes and work with your hands or a pastry
cutter until coarse, and the butter is still visible in small chunks.
- Add the ice water a little at a time and work the dough with your hands until smooth and combined. Be careful not to overwork the dough, as the butter can easily melt.
- If you are using a food processor, add the flour, sugar, salt, and butter into the bowl and process until coarse, but the butter is still visible in small chunks. Add the water a little at a time and process until the dough is combined.
- Wrap the dough into a cling foil and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Make the apple filling in the meantime:
- Peel and slice the apples and cut them into thin slices.
- Mix the sliced apples with the sugar and salt then set them aside until they release some juice.
- Discard the juice, then mix the apples with the farina and the cinnamon.
Assemble the pie:
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F.
- Divide the dough into two equal balls for the pie bottom and the lattice.
- Roll out one dough ball on a floured surface into a 3 mm / 1/8 inch thick circle larger in diameter than the pan.
- Transfer the dough into the pie dish using the rolling pin. Arrange the dough to cover the bottom and the sides of the pan, then poke the bottom with a fork a few times.
- Brush the dough with egg white, then pour the apple filling into the pie crust.
- Roll out the remainder of the dough on a floured surface 3 mm / 1/8 inch thick and cut into strips and make the lattice pie top.
- Make the lattice on the top of the pie.
- Mix the egg yolk for the egg wash and apply it to the top of the pie.
Bake the apple pie:
- Place the pie into the preheated oven and bake at 200°C / 400°F for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 150°C / 300°F and bake for another 45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the pie cool down before slicing. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or custard.
- The amount of water may vary depending on the flour.
- The sugar amount should be adjusted depending on the natural sweetness of the apples.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 123
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 14,2gTrans Fat: 0,5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
Disclaimer: Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Where do pies originate from?
According to Wikipedia, the historic origin of pies can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Evidence of cakes consisting of a crust of ground cereals filled with honey can be found in the Valley of the Kings, in the tomb of Rameses II (1304-1237 BC).
The ancient Greeks developed pie pastry by mixing fat, flour, and water. They made small pies filled with fruit.
The ancient Roman pie was made of rye dough and filled with goat`s cheese and honey, it resembled a modern-day cheesecake. The Romans spread pie-making throughout the whole of Europe, where local variations were developed.
Medieval pies were mostly filled with meat, the sweet version that contained dried fruit appeared in the 15th century. The first fruit pie recorded was a cherry pie served to Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.
Pies were brought to America by the first settlers. These were meat pie recipes from England. Apple pies appeared in America after the planting of European apples sorts. Recipe books from the late 18th century contain a variety of sweet pies, including apple pie which became very popular.
Follow my step-by-step instructions to make an apple pie from scratch. It`s not complicated, and the outcome is really yummy.
You may also wish to try out my apple bread pudding recipe.
4 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Apple Pie Recipe From Scratch”
Wow, this was such a brilliant article. Sure, I loved all of those instructions you provided when it comes to making one. Let me just say that they were marvelous. I will print them out, I will, for sure, use them. Great guide. And the nutrition facts there at the end were simply a cherry on top. Thank you.
That said, there is something else I really enjoyed. I utterly enjoyed the fact that you didn’t limit the information just to sharing the recipe. To that end, I was fascinated by the facts. I had no idea that the pie was such an old treat. Ancient Egypt, Greeks, and even Romans. I really appreciate that insight. Thank you. 🙂
Hello Matiss, I`m so glad you liked my recipe. I like to read about various information related to my favourite desserts, including stories behind them. There are many desserts with an interesting history, and one of my goals is to share this information with my readers.
I like apples because it helps keep my immunity in check and, of course, the nutritious value; no wonder the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
I’m delighted to know I can make a pie out of apples. My only concern is the proportion.
Because I crave apples, I’m afraid I might overeat the pie.
Does it add much weight if taken consistently?
Thank you for the easy step-by-step recipe guide.
Hello Muslimah, thank you for your kind words. Apples are really healthy. The recommended daily calory intake for women is about 2000 calories. A slice of this apple pie (if you divide it into 12) contains 274 calories. Maybe you can add less sugar into the filling to reduce calories, but the crust contains butter and flour. So my advice is to consume apple pie moderately, and maybe without custard, ice cream or whipped cream.