How to Make the Perfect Apple Pie - dummies

How to Make the Perfect Apple Pie

By Dede Wilson

This apple pie features a blend of two apple varieties. The flavors and textures of each apple type combine to make for one amazing pie. This is a juicy pie with very little flour to bind the filling.

Apple Pie

[Credit: © Barach 2012]
Credit: © Barach 2012

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Basic Piecrust

6 apples (6 cups sliced); use a mixture of Cortland and Golden Delicious

2/3 to 1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 tablespoon whole milk

1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Spray a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate with pan coating. Roll out the bottom crust and fit it into the pie plate.

    Refrigerate the crust while assembling the remaining ingredients.

  2. 2Peel and core the apples. Slice into 1/4-inch slices by hand or machine. Place in a mixing bowl with sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Toss to mix.

  3. 3Pile the apples into the piecrust. Dot with butter. Refrigerate while rolling out the top crust.

  4. Roll out the top crust and place it on top of the apples. Seal and crimp the edges. Make a steam vent by cutting a 1-inch hole in the center or a few slashes here and there. The steam vent keeps the pie from getting soggy.

  5. Brush the pie with milk. Combine the 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the pie.

  6. Freeze for 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    The freezing firms up the fat in the crust and helps make it flaky.

  7. Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet, with the pie on it, in the oven and turn the oven down to 375 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes.

    Check to see how the pie is browning. Continue to bake for about 15 more minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

  8. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving to allow the juices to thicken.

Per serving: Calories 523 (From fat 261); Total fat 29g (Saturated 14g); Cholesterol 47mg; Sodium 77mg; Carbohydrates 64g (Dietary Fiber 3g); Protein 5g.