Classic Apple Pie

Posted on September 25, 2013
Hi Everyone! I love these words from Jane Austen that say, “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness!” Don’t you agree? Everyone has a favorite version of the classic apple pie. Maybe it’s the pie that your grandmother or mother always made, or maybe it’s one you tried at a bakery and loved or one you found in your favorite cookbook. Today I want to share my favorite apple pie with you! I love trying new recipes and giving old favorites a new twist, but my apple pie is the one thing that I always use the same recipe for, because it’s just that good! The best part of this pie is definitely the crust; it’s buttery and rich, deliciously flaky and perfectly complements the apple filling that’s made up of tart apples that are warmed up with the aromatic flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. Served warm with vanilla ice-cream that melts into every bite, this pie is like a sweet taste of that cozy, homey feeling we all love!
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CLASSIC APPLE PIE
(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart)
*Makes one 9 inch double-crust pie*
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YOU WILL NEED
DOUGH
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks (8oz) unsalted butter
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup ice waterFILLING
3 lbs (about 7 large) apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3 tbs all-purpose flour
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 – 3 tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

EGG WASH
1 egg yolk
1 tbs water

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DIRECTIONS

1. Begin by making your dough. Mix together the flour, salt and sugar and cut the butter into small pieces. Mix the dry ingredients and the butter until the mixture looks like big crumbs, then while mixing, add in the ice water until a soft dough forms. (You may only need a 1/4 cup of water, or you may need more. Add as much as you need for the dough to hold together.) Divide the dough in two and form each half into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
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2. While the dough chills in the fridge, prepare your filling. Peel, core and thinly slice your apples and place them in a large bowl. Add in the lemon, sugar (add in more sugar if you prefer a sweeter filling) ground cinnamon and flour and toss well. (You could also add in walnuts, raisins or cranberries into the filling.) Set aside.
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3. Take out your dough and roll each disk out on a floured surface. Roll it out to be big enough for the edges to hang over the pie dish slightly. Grease your pie dish, then carefully transfer one of the rolled out pieces of dough into it, gently pressing it into the dish. Prick the bottom with a fork a couple of times, add your apples on top, then carefully place the second piece of dough on top of the apples. Tuck under the dough that’s hanging over the edges of the pie dish and make your decorative edge or crimp the edges with a fork.
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4. Preheat your oven to 425 deg F and while you wait for the oven to preheat, chill the dough for a couple more minutes. Once it is ready to go in the oven, brush it with the egg wash and using a knife, make four slits in the top so air can escape while the pie bakes. Bake for 25 minutes (you may want to put a pie crust shield on the pie, or make one out of some foil so the edges don’t burn), then turn the oven temperature down to 350 deg F and bake for another 25 – 30 minutes, or until the pie is beautifully golden brown and the apple juices are bubbling. Let sit for at least a half hour before slicing. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream (or both!)
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For other delicious apple recipes, try THIS Classic Apple Strudel or THESE Mini Apple Turnovers!

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Happy Baking, Everyone!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Natalie Buehler September 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Looks awesome, thanks pinned 🙂
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds’ Loft

    • Reply Maria September 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks so much, Natalie! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Ann Mcleod September 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    yum… Apple pie is one of my favorites!!

    • Reply Maria September 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      It’s one of my favorites too! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

  • Reply Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon September 26, 2013 at 6:26 am

    This is a great pie, you can’t beat classic.

    • Reply Maria September 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Jess September 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I just saw this get linked up at #GetHimFed Fridays and had to comment on how delicious it looks! We go through bushels of apples every year, but I have yet to try making a Classic Apple Pie – definitely giving this a try! Hope you have a nice weekend. 🙂

    • Reply Maria September 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess! Hope you love this pie! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

  • Reply Sandra Henslee September 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Looks delicious and I really love how flaky the crust looks. Any tips on that? Just stopping by from anyonita’s nibbles! Sandra from scrupmtilicious4you@blogspot.com

    • Reply Maria September 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Sandra! As for the flaky crust, I think the longer you refrigerate the dough, the flakier it will be. I sometimes make the dough the night before, form it into disks, wrap them in plastic wrap and let them sit overnight. Or just refrigerate it for 30 minutes as the recipe suggests. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

  • Reply Nikki September 30, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Oh that looks lovely! I have loads of apples and had been wondering what to do with them. Might have to try this!

    • Reply Maria September 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Thanks, Nikki! I hope you love the pie! 🙂

  • Reply Ruthie Knudsen October 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    LOVE apple pie and yours looks amazing! You’ve been Featured!! Thanks so much for coming to share, stop by and grab a Featured Button http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com and I’d love for you to share again 🙂 Have a great weekend! xoxo~ Ruthie

    • Reply Maria October 5, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thanks so much for featuring my pie, Ruthie! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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