How to Make Simple Apple Pie
Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity
Learn how to make a Simple Apple Pie stuffed with layers of delicious and flavorful apples and covered in a warm brown butter sugar sauce in this easy recipe! It’s the perfect way to finish up a holiday meal with your loved ones!
you need to learn how to make this simple apple pie
My mom makes the most delicious homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving each year. In fact, it’s her favorite dessert! So you have to understand how wonderful and nostalgic this recipe is for me. 😍 This post wouldn’t be possible without her willingness to share, so thanks, Mom! And I am so happy to pass along this recipe to YOU so you can your families can enjoy, too!
This simple apple pie is stuffed with layers upon layers of crisp apples and covered in a brown butter sugar sauce. When you pop it in the oven, the apples soften, the sauce caramelizes, the crust becomes buttery and flaky…you seriously can’t pass up this amazing dessert.
Enjoy with some powdered sugar on top, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a warm cup of tea or coffee. It’s the perfect ending to your holiday meal with your loved ones!
ingredients for homemade apple pie
Apples: I used Rockit™ apples. They’re my favorite kind.
Pie Crusts: This recipe uses pre-made pie crusts.
Butter: So rich and flavorful! Adds delicious taste to this apple pie.
Apple Pie Spice: If you don’t have this, you can substitute with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, ½ tablespoon of nutmeg, and ½ tablespoon of cardamom.
Corn Starch: This will help thicken our filling.
Vanilla Extract: Helps bring all of our delicious flavors together.
White Sugar: Important for sweetness!
Brown Sugar: I used light brown sugar. This adds a different dimension of sweetness that the white sugar can’t bring.
Water: We’ll use this in our filling.
kitchen equipment you’ll need
To make this apple pie, you’ll need a pie dish, pizza cutter, apple corer/slicer, cutting board, vegetable peeler, chef’s knife, rubber brush, measuring cups + spoons, and a saucepan. A baking sheet is optional.
how to make this simple and delicious apple pie
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Allow pre-made pie crust to come to room temperature.
- Wash and peel all of the Rockit™ apples. Then, remove the cores.
- Slice all of the apples into thin rings, about ⅛” inch thick.
- Layer in one of the premade pie crusts into your pie dish. You’ll need to confirm with your instructions whether or not to grease the pan.
- Place apple slices into pie crust, arranging in a circle and building in a pyramid-like shape. The photos below show you exactly how this should look if you are confused!
- Roll out the other pie crust on a cutting board. Then, using a pizza cutter, cut ¾” strips.
- Create a lattice design by arranging half of the strips vertically and the other half horizontally across the pie.
- Next, heat a sauce pot to medium-heat. Melt butter in the pot. Then, whisk in corn starch.
- Add in brown sugar, apple pie spice, vanilla extract, white sugar, brown sugar, and water. Whisk again.
- Then, pour the wet mixture over the entire pie. Use a rubber brush to spread it evenly on top.
- Bake the apple pie for 35-45 minutes at 350°F until the crust is golden and apples are cooked. You might want to put the pie on a baking sheet to catch any dripping.
what’s the best way to cut a pie?
I know it’s hard, but you need to be PATIENT and let the pie cool before slicing! This will allow the corn starch to really do its job and thicken up the delicious apple juices that were busy caramelizing in the oven. We want an apple pie—not an apple soup!
Once the pie is cooled, I suggest using a serrated knife to cut. This will help reduce the amount of crumbs. Be sure to run your knife through your cuts a few times to ensure you’ve cut through the base. Then, I recommend removing your slice carefully with one of the flat sides of the knife or a dessert spatula.
The result? A perfectly sliced piece of delicious apple pie! 😊
apple pie faqs
How should I store this apple pie?
You can store it in the refrigerator in the pie dish covered with tinfoil or in an airtight container for up to 5 days. To reheat, toss it in the oven at 350°F. You could also microwave it in 60 second intervals until hot.
Any tips for success?
Slicing your apples into equal sizes is KEY! I used a VERY thin knife to carefully slice all of the apples into slices less than ⅛” thick. If you have an all-in-one apple peeler/corer/slicer, use it! It’s the best way to achieve desired results.
Anything I should watch out for?
If the crust starts to burn before the apples are done, don’t panic. The final minutes of baking the pie are crucial, so don’t take it out early. You can line the pie dish with a tinfoil cover to redirect the heat.
Can I freeze this apple pie?
You sure can! Just make sure to wrap it tightly so there is no air that could cause freezer burn.
Do I need to use a certain kind of apple?
Any type of apple will work, and I encourage you to use your favorite! (I love Rockit™ Apples!) Just note that you may want to adjust the amount of sugar you use depending on what type of apple you choose. For example, Granny Smith apples are quite tart. You may want to increase the white sugar to ¾ cup. In comparison, a Fuji apple is on the sweeter side, so you may need less sugar.
What should I serve with this pie?
Sliced with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream, DUH! I also love topping with warm caramel sauce and/or candied pecans.