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Homemade Apple Pie Recipe – Made With A Store Bought Crust

The phrase “There is nothing more American than Apple Pie” has been said time and time again. And although the origin of apple pie is a highly debated topic it is definitely a classic dessert served at many American gatherings.

In fact it is the most popular dessert served at Thanksgiving. And it is often times made for those American holiday picnics such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Not to mention, it is a classic dessert served at almost every hometown, comfort food restaurant. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the memories of having pie that Grandma made will soon be at the front of your mind.

homemade apple pie store bought crust
A delicious homemade apple pie made with a store bought pie crust that was turned into a beautiful lattice topping.

With just one bite into a classic apple pie, with a criss cross pattern crust on top, and it reminds me of the good old days when Grandma would be hard at work in the kitchen.

Her apron would be sprinkled with bright white spots of flour dust from rolling out the crust. And the heat of the kitchen would become unbearable.

But it was all worth it when she opened that oven door and a beautiful lattice apple pie was taken to the window sill to cool. We couldn’t wait to take a bite of that warm pie topped with a scoop of her homemade vanilla ice cream!

So this year, I decided to recreate a simple, old-fashioned, classic apple pie recipe, just like Grandma used to make. Well, with some modern updates.

The pie tastes just like the one Grandma used to make, however, I have modernized it just a little bit to make life easier, without affecting the taste.

Updates on Grandma’s Apple Pie Recipe

Grandma would always use whatever apples that she had in the fruit cellar. Whether there was a sack of Golden Delicious, Northern Spy or Braeburn apples, she would grab any variety to make her pie filling.

For this recipe I use Granny Smith apples which are the perfect apple for baking. They provide the perfect level of tartness while holding their shape during the baking process.

They are easily found at the grocery store and many Farmer’s markets in the Autumn months. Just look for their iconic green color and pick out a few that are nice and firm.

Although there are several other varieties of apples that make great pie, Granny Smith are my favorite. Now that we know what type of apple to use, the focus now turns to the pie crust.

Grandma’s homemade pie crust always turned out perfect. It was light and flaky and she had perfected how to flute the edges. Although I have a recipe for Homemade Pie Crust I decided to use a store-bought version for this recipe.

You can certainly use your own homemade pie crust if you prefer. However, there are also some really good store-bought crusts that turn out perfect each and every time.

Look for the refrigerated rolls of pie crust that are found near the tubes of crescent rolls and cinnamon rolls. They typically come in packs of 2, and you will need both pie crusts for this apple pie recipe.

Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

*Complete recipe instructions including specific measurements, cook temperatures and times are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to keep reading for helpful tips and tricks when making this recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of 2 (9 inch) refrigerated double pie crust rolls
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

The first step in making apple pie is to prepare the filling. Although I have my own Canned Apple Pie Filling and Freezer Apple Pie Filling, for this recipe I am making the filling from scratch.

Start by peeling, coring and slicing the apples. If you have an apple, peeler, corer slicer, you can do this in just a few minutes.

However, if you don’t have one of those nifty devices, simply peel the apples and then slice them with a sharp knife. You want the apple slices to be about 1/4 inch in thickness.

If you prefer, you could dice the apples instead. Although to get the classic apple pie look, slices are preferred. The important thing to remember is that you want the apple pieces uniform in size for even baking.

Set the apples aside and prepare the remainder of the filing. Start by placing a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt.

Then add the flour and whisk. Once the flour and butter forms a paste, add the water, granulated sugar and brown sugar and bring the mixture to a boil.

Once it begins to boil, reduce the temperature to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Now go ahead and preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

Assemble The Pie

Place the room temperature, bottom crust in a 9 inch pie pan. It is important for the crust to be at room temperature so it is pliable and can be worked without tearing or cracking.

Poke the bottom of the crust with a fork several times. Then fill the pie crust with the peeled, cored, and sliced apples. Be sure to mound them slightly over the pie pan as they will reduced down while cooking.

Cut the second pie crust into long strips, approximately ½ inch wide. Arrange the top in a weaving, lattice pattern.

Once the strips have been arranged trim the edges to the outer edge of the pie plate. Then fold the bottom crust over top of the edges of the strips and crimp to secure.

Then slowly pour the liquid mixture over the top crust so that it soaks down into the pie. This will help the top of the pie crust to form a delicious glaze and brown up beautifully during the baking process.

apple pie in oven
If you want less clean up, place the apple pie on a foil lined baking sheet before it goes into the oven to protect it from spillage.

Baking Instructions

Place the pie pan on a foiled lined baking sheet. The baking sheet is used to catch any drippings of juice as the pie bakes and the foil will help with the clean up process.

Then place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes at 425°F. Then reduce the temperature to 350°F and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the apples are soft.

If the outer crust of the pie begins to brown too much, cover the edges with aluminum foil or a pie shield.

Remove the apple pie from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Let it sit for at least 45 minutes before serving.

Helpful Recipe Tips

1. If you don’t have a pie crust shield it is best to make one out of aluminum foil prior to starting this recipe. Do this by tearing off a sheet of foil that is 1 inch bigger than the size of your pie plate flipped over on its top.

Then trace the outer edge of the upside down pie plate on the foil, 1/2 inch larger to cover the outer rim of the crust and pie plate. Now remove the pie plate and place the aluminum foil sheet on top of the pie plate.

Gently crimp down the outer edge of the foil. Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut the center out of the foil, leaving you only with the edges covered. You now have a pie crust shield!

You can add the shield as the apple pie is baking. However, I find it easier to place it on before the pie goes in the oven. Then remove it for the last 15 minutes of baking to get the crust a nice golden color.

apple pie with ice cream and caramel sauce
When you go to serve your apple pie be sure to have ice cream and maybe even caramel sauce on hand.

2. As much as you are going to want to take a slice of the pie as soon as it comes out of the oven, be sure to let the pie rest on a cooling rack at least 45 minutes. This time will allow the juices to thicken and it will be much easier to cut.

3. Be sure to have vanilla ice cream on hand. There is nothing better than a piece of apple pie with a scoop of ice cream on top!

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Yield: 1 pie

Classic Apple Pie Recipe

apple pie

Mouthwatering apple pie that tastes just like Grandma used to make but with some modern updates.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 9 inch double pie crust
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter then whisk in the flour.
  3. Once the flour and butter forms a paste, add water, white sugar and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Place the bottom crust in your 9 inch pie pan. Poke bottom with a fork several times.
  5. Fill the pie crust with the peeled, cored, and sliced apples. Be sure to mound them slightly over the pie pan as they will reduced down while cooking.
  6. Cut the 2nd piece crust into long strips, approximately ½ inch wide. Arrange the top in a lattice pattern, tucking the edges of the top crust behind the bottom crust edge.
  7. Slowly pour the liquid mixture over the top crust so that it soaks down into the pie.
  8. Bake 15 minutes at 425°F then reduce the temperature to 350°F and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
  9. Remove from the oven and place the pie on a cooling rack for at least 45 minutes before serving.

Notes

You may cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil or a pie shied to prevent them from getting too brown.

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 4gSugar: 35gProtein: 2g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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