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Homemade Apple Pie
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

This Homemade Apple Pie is simple, easy to make, bubbling with tender spiced apples. The perfect no-fuss recipe for beginner pie-makers!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Apple Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 696 kcal
Easy Homemade Pie Crust
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold whole milk
Homemade Apple Pie Filling
  • 4 apples I used 2 granny smith apples and 2 Honeycrisp apples
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg I use a whole nutmeg which I grate with a Microplane grater
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
Homemade Apple Pie Topping
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • Pinch of salt
Make the Pie Crust
  1. Lightly flour an 8-inch pie plate.

  2. Combine the flour, salt and butter in a food processor (you can also do this by hand just place them in a bowl and rub in or mix with a pastry cutter). Pulse the flour, butter, and sugar for a few seconds until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the milk and pulse until the mixture combines to form a dough.

  3. Cut the dough into two equal portions. Place each portion in a Ziploc bag and keep in the fridge for 10 minutes. While the dough is in the fridge, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).

    Note: in the next step we will only be using one portion of the dough. Keep the second portion for another pie.

  4. Generously flour a working surface then place the dough on top. Lightly flour the top of the dough then roll with a rolling pin into a circle that is about ⅛ inch thick. Be careful not to make the crust too thin.

  5. Gently lift the dough and place it into the floured pie plate. Trim the excess dough around the edges. Pierce the corners and middle of the dough with a fork. Place in preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly brown. Remove the pie crust from oven and let it cool before adding the filling.

Make the Apple Pie Filling
  1. Peel the apples, core them and slice into ¼ inch thick slices.

  2. Place the apples in a large bowl. Add the 2 tablespoons of flour, half cup of sugar and nutmeg. Add the apple juice then toss to ensure that all the ingredients coat the apples evenly.

  3. Pour the apples into the baked pie crust.

Make the Apple Pie Topping
  1. In a bowl, combine the ½ cup of flour, half cup of sugar, 8 tablespoons of butter (cut into cubes) and a pinch of salt. Mix to combine, with your hand or with a pastry cutter. The mixture will be slightly rough and that's okay.

  2. Evenly distribute the mixture over the apples. Bake in a 350 Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) oven for 1 hour.

  1. Let the pie cool for about 10 minutes before cutting in.

  2. You can top slices of apple pie with some vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or drizzle some caramel sauce on top. Yum!

Recipe Notes

1. Do not skip placing the pie dough into the fridge for 10 minutes before rolling it out. This ensures that the dough doesn't break easily while rolling it out and also, it doesn't shrink easily while baking.

2. You could use just tart apples (like granny smith apples) or a mixture of tart and sweet apples in this recipe like I did. When I tested the recipe, the  pie was too sour with just tart apples. I LOVED the pies with a mix of granny smith and honeycrisp apples. But if you love tart pies, use only granny smith.

3. You could use storebought pie crust in this recipe if that makes it easier for you.

4. Use whole nutmeg instead of storebought ground nutmeg for the best flavor in this recipe. Simple grate the nutmeg with a microplane or small grater.

5. This recipe is adapted from the recipes in the back ofSend Judah First, a book that tells a moving story about an African slave who was a cook for over twenty years.