*Edited November 2014-Got a new camera and updated pictures!
First of all, I am so sorry for the lack of posts!! The past month has been a whirlwind, and I have so many recipes to share with you. Since Christmas is next week, I’m going to post some of my favorite sweet treats in the next few days. Get ready!
Here is the first installment of such posts: the best apple pie ever. Declaring a recipe as “the best ever” is a bold statement. I don’t take it lightly or use it often. I’ve made this pie over and over again, and each time the friends and family I share it with agree that it is the best apple pie. So, dear readers, today I’m going to share how to make this holiday staple!
So, what makes this apple pie so special? Let’s take a look at some key ingredients. The type of apple you use does make a difference. I use granny smith, but I’ve successfully made it with other varieties. As long as you choose a hard, tart apple, the end result will be delicious. Honeycrisp apples are great for baking as well.
The apples are tossed in an incredible mixture of butter and sugar which you boil on the stove, creating a caramel-like sauce. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla flavor this filling as well. I like to reserve about 1/3 of a cup of this filling to brush on top of the pie crust. With this trick, the top layer of pie crust becomes flavorful, sweet, and turns a beautiful golden-brown color.
Making homemade pie crust, in my opinion, is non-negotiable. I made two batches of my one minute homemade pie crust in the food processor. It only takes a few extra minutes to make your own, but the difference in flavor is undeniable.
No, this is not a “healthified” recipe. Yes, there is a LOT of butter and sugar. It’s a recipe I only make once, maybe twice, a year to share with family and friends on holidays, and I don’t cut any corners on it. Look no further for the best apple pie recipe ever–this is it!
The Best Apple Pie Ever
- 2 batches of my one minute homemade pie crust (or 1 if you roll it out very thinly!)
- 7-8 small granny smith apples, peeled, sliced, and cored
- 1 stick butter
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
1). Place the peeled, cored, and sliced apples in a large bowl. Set aside.
2). Preheat oven to 425F.
3). In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the 3 tbsp of flour and mix well, forming a paste. Add the water, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and mix well. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then reduce heat to a simmer for an additional minute.
4). Remove from heat and reserve about 1/3 cup of filling for pie crust. Add remaining filling to apples. Toss well.
5). Pour apples into prepared pie crust, mounding slightly. Top with second pie crust (lattice design, etc). Brush the remaining 1/3 cup caramel filling over the crust.
6). Cover the pie loosely with aluminum foil. I lightly spray the foil so it does not stick to the pie. Place the pie on top of a cookie sheet (to catch any drips) and bake at 425F for 10-12 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350F and bake for another 50 minutes (remove the foil the last 10 minutes to let the crust brown), or until done. The pie is done when the crust is golden-brown and the apples are soft when pierced with a fork.
7). Allow the pie to cool before serving. Enjoy!
Serves: 8-10 people.
Recipe adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Pie-by-Grandma-Ople/.
Adapted recipe courtesy of Audrey’s Apron.
438 thoughts on “The Best Apple Pie EVER.”
Hello. As far as the butter goes… is it salted or unsalted?
Either! I usually have salted on hand so that’s what I use.
Best pie ever!! I made the crust without the food processor, I just put the sticks of butter in the freezer for 15min and then cut it into the flour. It was easy and fast and super delicious!!!! Love this recipe my new go to!!
So glad you love it!!
This is the easiest and the BEST apple pie EVER!! I’ve made it several times (used plain pie crust shells) and my family loves it every time. Thank you!!!
Awesome, Cheryl!! Thanks for your comment!
I got so many compliments on this pie today! It really was the best apple pie ever!! My 13 year old son and I made it together and he wants to make it for Christmas too!!
Yay!! So glad you’re making it a part of your family’s holiday traditions!
How long would you normally let this pie cool before serving? I’m planning to make this for Christmas dessert and am not sure if I should make it the night before or the day of!
I cut into mine once it has cooled for at least 2 hours. So, you could certainly make it the morning of and serve it for dinner. Hope that helps!
Love this pie so much!! Make it all the time to give to family and friends. Always get the nicest compliments xx thank you!
Do you have a tutorial on the lattice design?! Newbie, here. ☺️
I understand! I learned how to do a lattice by a Google search and YouTube tutorial 🙂 I don’t have one personally but a quick Google search should provide that for you!
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Hi Audrey, Iam planning to make mini pies. Is it possible to make mini pies with the same recipes ? What tempeture should I use and the same cooking time ?
What a neat idea! I haven’t tried it personally so I’m not exactly sure how to advise you. My guess is you can keep the temperatures the same but reduce the amount of time the pies bake after you reduce the heat down from 425. I would keep an eye on them and poke the apples with a fork to check for doneness every once in a while. Again, just a guess. You don’t really have to worry about overbaking other than the crust getting too brown, so I think there’s quite a bit of wiggle room. When in doubt, cook it longer and cover the crust loosely with foil so it doesn’t burn. I hope that helps!
Hi there, my store didn’t have the pastry and I don’t have a food processor so opted for crumble. Can I I follow the same for the pie with crumble instead of pie crust! Feeling lost while trying to make it now 😦
I’m not sure what you mean by crumble. Do you have a recipe for that which you’re following separately? You can still make the crust without a food processor if you’d like! So you have a pastry blender to help cut in the butter? You can even use 2 knives but it’ll take longer.
Sorry I was in a rush when I typed it that I didn’t explain myself properly. I meant that I decided to do an apple crumble instead of an apple pie. Anyways I’ve made it now and it seems okay.
But I was a little confused when making the filling as when I melted the butter and then added the 3 tbs of flour. The result was very liquidy so I read the recipe and it said that it should be of a paste consistency so I kept adding flour to get the paste like consistency. So altogether at the end I definitely did not end up with a caramel mixture but more of a paste lol, not to mention I added a heaped tbs of cinnamon and not a tsp. Valuable lesson I learnt tonight was never to bake in a rush! What a disaster. Do you think with all these errors theres a chance it will still come out good? lol
This came out awesome- I did try to use gluten free flour and the taste was different than a standard pie- but the overall outcome was great! The caramel sauce is killer.
Thanks for sharing!!
Awesome! What kind of gf flour did you use? I have yet to try to make it gluten free but I need to soon!
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The instructions just say “prepared pie crust”. Do you pre-bake your crust? If so, how do you recommend doing it?
No not prebaked, that was really a reference to just having already made the pie crust if you’re making it. Otherwise store bought is fine and you don’t need to prebake that either!
Thank you so much! Looking forward to making this for a friend’s birthday this weekend!
I have a problem with watery apple mixture. How can I guarantee a beautiful apple mixture?
It’s a good pie I’ve been making this one for yrs as my husband and I are diabetics I sub the sugar with splenda and the brown sugar with the splenda brown sugar it’s wonderful. I use the same measurements but I don’t cook them. I mix together my dry ingredients toss the apples in it place in pie crust and bake. I thought I’d share this with my diabetic brother and sisters. Oh yeah,dot the pie with the butter before adding top crust
I have never made a pie from scratch before, but this recipe was absolutely delicious.
I have found sautéing the apples after making the butter/sugar sauce insures that the apples are tender. I presonally don’t care for crispy apples in my pie. Using dark brown sugar ensures a nice caramel flavor. I also add a splash of Calvados (apple liquor) in the skillet as well.
Hello! I wanted to know if I can make this pie, a day ahead? Or the night before a party? Will it hold up well or will it get soggy? If I do make the night before, should I store it in the fridge or on the counter?
You can definitely make it the night before or the day before! That’s actually what I usually do and it turns out great. You can keep it on the counter if you’re eating it in the next day or so.
Hi, I’m new at baking. What is the measurement of that? I’m excited to try this out.
I mean the 1 stick butter. how do you measure that?
8 Tablespoons 🙂
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Hello, AudreyApron, could you please tell me what size is the pie plate that you use?
Mine is just the standard size I believe. However, I’ve made it in many different sizes and it’s always been fine!
Can I do a regular top crust instead of lattice? Ty!
This is about the third time that I’ve use this recipe and crust recipe as well. It is absolutely the best ever. Always rave reviews. Thank you so much for sharing this. ❤️❤️
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Is it possible to freeze this pie unbaked? I often do that with apple pies but not sure what the consistency of the cooked apples would be after being frozen.
Wish I could add a picture.. mine isn’t as pretty. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe
This pie needs salt! It’s very bland
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A perfect apple pie! Thank you so much.
Best apple pie ever
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Hi there love this apple pie it’s beyond delicious. However, I always end up having to bake this for much longer then the recipe calls for. What am I doing wrong?
Hmm I’m not sure, it could just be your oven. I’m glad you’ve figured out a way to make it perfectly though!
I am making this pie today! Should I use light or dark brown sugar? And for the white sugar, is it powdered or granulated?
Either light or dark will work. I usually have light on hand so that’s what I typically use. And definitely granulated sugar!
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I make this pie every year… it’s one of the best recipes I have found! Thank you for sharing it! However, I often have trouble getting the caramel mixture right. It seems that it the flour seizes up and the flour/sugar forms a mixture that separates from the butter. Is it possible I have the temperature too hot when I stir in the flour? I’m unsure of how to problem solve it because I don’t make this kind of recipe often. But I made it just now and the same thing happened so I am going to throw it out and start over. It’s not a nice smooth sauce – it’s clumpy and separated from the butter. Any ideas? I know it’s a user error on my part, not your wonderful recipe!!
Hi Lucy! I’m so glad you love this recipe! I have actually had that happen to me before too and I do think it is a temperature issue. When it happened to me, the butter did seem to separate but the rest of the mixture was smooth. I actually took a risk once and proceeded with the recipe and somehow as it baked it seemed to fix itself and the end result was completely normal! So, I’m not sure that would happen with your situation because it’s lumpy, but something to consider. My best advice is to whisk it constantly and err on the side of lower temperature (medium heat or maybe even a touch lower if your stove is hard to regulate). I hope your second attempt was successful!
I never responded last year purely out of forgetfulness but it was my error with the mixture getting too hot. I’m making the pie again tonight and came back to refresh my mind on what I was doing wrong before. I did some Google research after leaving my comment last year and found that sugar can’t dissolve in fat without some water, otherwise it is just basically fried by the butter. But since it has been almost a year since I made this recipe last, I can’t remember exactly what I did differently after my first attempt was unsuccessful last year. I’ll see what happens tonight!
Honestly the easiest and best pie I’ve ever had. I love it, I have now made it half a dozen times for numerous occasions, always a hit
SHould I put the sauce on the unbaked pie before or after I freeze it?
I put it on before freezing.
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I love this apple pie filling! I am wondering if its possible to can it?
Canning is not my area of expertise, unfortunately! Let me know if you try it!
I have made numerous apple pies in my cooking life but this is absolutely the best one EVER!!!! I just mixed all of the sauce with the cut apples and poured it all into pie crust! You will not find a better recipe
Delicious, I’ve made this several times, this year I’d like to prepare it, can it be frozen and if so how? In a unbaked pie shells. Or in a baggy? Also would you thaw before baking?
Hello! I have made this delicious pie for the last 2 Thanksgivings, and it was a huge hit!! Thank you for sharing!! Both times though, I cheated and used Marie Callender’s Frozen Pie Crust, and it worked great! This year, I am making your One Minute Pie Crust (first time ever making homemade crust!) I have read several other pie crust recipes and they all call for salt. I would like to clarify, that your recipe just has flour, sugar, butter and cold water, right? (Since your pie recipe was such a success, I want to also use your crust recipe!) Happy Thanksgiving to All!!
That is correct! So glad you love the apple pie recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!
Quick question! Making this tonight for Friendsgiving! Super excited. When your roll out your crust do you need to pretreat the pan with spray? Also, Do you poke holes in the crust before putting the apples in? I have a le cruset ceramic pie dish that’s really pretty and I want to use it but I also have glass which is what I noticed you use. Just wasn’t sure if the recipe changes at all with either as far as baking. Thanks!!
No need to spray your pan–there’s pleeeenty of butter in the crust 😉 you don’t need to poke holes either. Honestly I’ve never tried a ceramic pie pan but I bet it would cook really well! I think I’d use the pretty pan and try it!
Can you precook the apples? If so, would you precook them in the sauce mixture, or separately?
I’m making this pie for Thanksgiving and, from everything I’ve read, it’s best to precook your apples and let them cool before putting them in your pie so as to not have a soggy bottom crust.
I’ve had a lot of problems with soggy bottom crusts in the past and I’m trying to mitigate those factors..
Please and thank you for your response.
I’ve only made the recipe as written, but if you decide to try to precook the apples I would love to hear how that turns out!
I poured the syrup over the apples, and then rolled out my crust, there’s a lot of liquid in the bottom, so I include it or not?
Can this pie be made and then frozen? I would like to get a jump start onChristmas day and would like to make it ahead of time. What do you recommend? What Is the process. I see a few other questions about this too, maybe a post or footnote to your recipe? This is the best apple pie ever!! Thank you for sharing and your time!
This truly is a great apple pie. I made it for family who are true apple pie lovers. It was easy to make and everyone loved it! I absolutely never make my own pie crust. I use store bought and my pies are always a hit. I think the glaze really sold this pie. Guests were asking if if there was more of that apple pie left.
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