World’s Best Apple Pie

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World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Oops…couldn’t help myself! (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Autumn is here…the leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and goodies are baking in the oven. There’s no better time of year than now to make the World’s Best Apple Pie, from scratch. Now, this may sound ambitious, but I assure you, it’s easy as pie! This is actually my favorite pie to make, not only because it’s so delicious, but also because it’s the easiest!

 

While one-crust apple pies have their merits, my favorite is a two-crust apple pie, piled high with fresh fall apples, with the top crust finished with a sugary crunch like you’ll find on a good bakery pastry.

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Best Apples for an Apple Pie

Let’s start with the most obvious ingredient for your apple pie…the apples! There are so many different types to choose from, but my recommendation is that the best apples for an apple pie are the ones you like the best, whether that’s Macintosh, Granny Smith, Gala, or our personal favorite, Macoun. For a pie, I like to mix it up and use mostly sweet apples mixed with a few tart ones, like Granny Smith.             

 

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be outside, so find a local apple orchard and go apple picking! You’ll not only discover delicious new varieties, but the prices are comparable to the supermarket. Plus, you can even taste-test while you’re among the rows of trees (shhh, you didn’t hear that from me!)

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

When you get back home from your beautiful adventure outdoors, it’s time to make the crust. Of course you can always use a pre-made or frozen crust from the supermarket, but there’s nothing like a homemade crust (not to mention bragging rights…your friends will be seriously impressed by this).  

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Apple Pie Ingredients

Apple Pie Crust

  • 2-1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 c cold unsalted butter, cut into pea-sized pieces
  • Ice water
  • Extra butter for greasing pie pan

Apple Pie Filling

  • 6 to 7 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Apple Pie Topping

  • 1 large egg
  • Splash of cream
  • Coarse sugar

 

How to make Apple Pie

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Apple Pie Crust Recipe

The crust I use is a basic butter crust. You can mix this all by hand if you like, but I prefer to use a food processor…it makes short work of mixing up the dough.

 

To begin, simply mix together the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Next, add in the cold pieces of butter and briefly pulse a few times to mix them in, just until they’re covered with the flour mixture. Lastly, gradually add the ice water, 1 Tbsp at a time until it all starts to stick together without crumbling apart. If you went a little overboard with the water and it gets too sticky, just add a little more flour until it gets to the right consistency (not sticking to your hands but not crumbling apart either). Separate the dough into 2 equal balls. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to an hour.

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Apple Pie Filling Recipe

I know, I know, those apples look so beautiful, but they’re going to taste even more wonderful in your apple pie, so it’s time to slice them up! The easiest way to do this is to use a 3-in-1 apple slicer, corer, and peeler. It does all the hard work for you in a snap!

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Once that’s done, break the spirals apart with your hands or a knife and throw them all into a bowl. Toss on some sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg (freshly ground is amazing!). Now let the messy part commence: Toss the whole concoction together with your hands, then lick your fingers…yummy goodness! At this point, preheat your oven to 425℉.

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Rolling Out the Dough

Take the dough out of the fridge after about 45 minutes. I’ve found that if you leave it in there longer than that, it gets brittle and crumbly. Simply toss some flour on the countertop and over your rolling pin and get rolling! Working quickly, roll out one at a time and leave the other ball in the fridge, so the butter in the dough doesn’t get too warm in the meantime. As you roll it out, you’ll notice those little pats of butter here and there throughout. This is going to make your dough so flaky and rich at the same time! Can you believe you’re doing this? I know, right!

 

Putting It All Together

Place the bottom crust in a lightly greased pie pan and dump all that apple-y goodness inside.

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Place a few pats of butter on top of it all and then your top crust goes on top. Slice a few steam vents on top and create whatever artistic edge you’d like on your pie crust.

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Brush the top with an egg wash (beat one egg and a splash of cream and brush it all over the top crust). The final step is to cover the top of the pie with a crazy amount of coarse sugar, which you can find at a bulk spice store (this gives the crust that crunchy sweet goodness that you thought only fancy bakeries could accomplish!)

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Bake your apple pie for 40 to 50 minutes or until it smells so delicious you can’t take it anymore…the nose knows!

World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Whip up some homemade whipped cream while you’re waiting for the pie to bake.  Now you’re ready to serve a little slice of apple pie with a mountain of whipped cream…or is it just me who does that? Enjoy the deliciousness and revel in the pride that you did this!  

 

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World's Best Apple Pie (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

World's Best Apple Pie

There's no better time of year than now to make the world's best apple pie...from scratch. It's easy as pie! Enjoy the deliciousness...you did it!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
(plus dough resting time) 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Apple Pie Crust

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pea-sized pieces
  • Ice water
  • Extra butter for greasing pie pan

Apple Pie Filling

  • 6 to 7 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Apple Pie Topping

  • 1 large egg
  • Splash of cream
  • Coarse sugar

Instructions
 

Apple Pie Crust Recipe

  • To begin, simply mix together the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. 
  • Next, add in the cold pieces of butter and briefly pulse a few times to mix them in, just until they’re covered with the flour mixture. 
  • Lastly, gradually add the ice water, 1 Tbsp at a time until it all starts to stick together without crumbling apart. 
  • Separate the dough into 2 equal balls. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to an hour.

Apple Pie Filling Recipe

  • Place apple slices in a bowl and toss with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Toss everything together with your hands
  • At this point, preheat your oven to 425℉.

Rolling Out the Dough

  • Take the dough out of the fridge after about 45 minutes. 
  • On a lightly floured surface, working quickly, roll out one at a time and leave the other ball in the fridge, so the butter in the dough doesn’t get too warm in the meantime. 

Putting It All Together

  • Place the bottom crust in a lightly greased pie pan and dump all that apple-y goodness inside.
  • Place a few pats of butter on top of it all and then your top crust goes on top. Slice a few steam vents on top and create whatever artistic edge you’d like on your pie crust.
  • Brush the top with an egg wash (beat one egg and a splash of cream and brush it all over the top crust). 
  • The final step is to cover the top of the pie with a crazy amount of coarse sugar, which you can find at a bulk spice store.
  • Bake your apple pie for 40 to 50 minutes or until it smells so delicious you can’t take it anymore…the nose knows!
  • Serve with ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

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