Easy Apple Pie Recipe

It's hard to go wrong with a classic apple pie, but if you're making everything from scratch the process can appear intimidating. Recipe developer Ting Dalton from Cook Simply stays true to her brand, and this dessert is no exception. She explains that one of her favorite aspects of this recipe is that "the apples cook within the pie, meaning you can let the oven do most of the work." You'll save time and effort since this preparation only requires your focus for 15 minutes. 

Dalton shares, "I love an apple pie," adding that her family is equally fond. Not only does she think that "it's a real treat," but she also points out that it's "the perfect way to use up any uneaten apples." If you're looking for a dessert to bring for an event or serve at a dinner party, she notes that it can be made in advance, frozen, and baked when needed. You might get to that for a future occasion, but we bet you'll want to dig in as soon as this delicious apple pie is ready to serve.

Get the ingredients for this easy apple pie

First off, get 8 medium-sized apples then peel, core, and slice them. Dalton shares, "I like to use Granny Smith apples as I find them quite sharp, or Gala, or Golden Delicious for sweetness but you can use any apples you prefer." If you're doing this step ahead of time, she recommends adding lemon juice "to prevent them from browning too much." 

Next, you'll need ½ cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of butter, cut into small pieces. Instead of making your own crust and turning this easy recipe into a lengthy affair, Dalton thaws two frozen pie crusts. Finally, separate an egg yolk to brush the top of the pie.

Prepare the apple mixture

Preheat the oven to 375 F and set out a deep 9-inch pie dish.

Grab a large bowl and whisk the sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg together until combined. Then, toss in the sliced apples and mix everything so that the apples are properly coated with the mixture. For best results, Dalton recommends using your hands. 

Roll out the dough

Next, take one of your pie crusts and roll it out. If the dough is a bit sticky, sprinkle some flour to facilitate the process. Then, transfer it to the pie dish, lightly pressing it down. 

Assemble the pie and bake

Transfer the apple mixture into the pie base, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle the cubes of butter over the apples so they are uniformly distributed. Now, lay the second pie crust over top and use your fingers or a fork to crimp the edges to form a seal. Cut some slits in the center to let the steam escape as the apple mixture bubbles and cooks. Finally, brush the egg yolk over top to produce a glistening result. 

Once the oven is hot, place the pie on a rack and set a timer for 15 minutes. When the time is up, reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake the pie for another hour or until the top is golden brown. Dalton cautions, "You may find the pastry around the edges might be browning more quickly in the oven." To remedy this issue, she suggests covering the pie with tin foil.  

Let the pie cool before serving

Once you remove the piping hot pie from the oven, you'll have to give it 10 to 15 minutes to cool down before you slice it. Dalton remarks that she loves this dessert, "particularly when you eat it warm with a big dollop of cream or custard." Or, enjoy your slice of pie à la mode with a classic scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Dalton recommends storing leftovers in the fridge for up to three days, or freeze it for up to three months for a future treat.

Easy Apple Pie Recipe
4.9 from 8 ratings
Apple pie is a classic for a reason, and with this easy recipe, you can whip one up just in time for cooler weather.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
1.25
hours
Servings
8
slices
slice of apple pie
Total time: 1.5 hours
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 frozen pie crusts, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg yolk
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. Add the apple slices to the flour mixture and use your hands to distribute everything until the apples are well coated.
  4. Roll out one uncooked pie crust and place it in the bottom of a deep 9-inch pie dish. (You may need a little flour so the pie crust doesn't stick.)
  5. Add the apple mixture and scatter the small pieces of butter over top.
  6. Cover the fruit with the second pie crust, crimping the edges with your thumb or a fork.
  7. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to vent.
  8. Brush the top with egg wash.
  9. Bake the pie at 375 F for the first 15 minutes.
  10. Reduce the heat to 350 F and continue baking for up to 1 hour, until the top is golden brown.
  11. Let the pie cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 442
Total Fat 18.3 g
Saturated Fat 7.6 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 25.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 69.8 g
Dietary Fiber 5.9 g
Total Sugars 31.4 g
Sodium 237.4 mg
Protein 2.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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