Easy Apple Pie Recipe made from scratch with fresh apples and a touch of cinnamon, the best apple pie recipe in the world. Nothing beats a homemade pie, and this dessert is ideal not only during Fall, but all year round too.
It may be the last month of summer, but I'm already thinking of harvest and the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables that Fall has in offer for us. And as much as I like exotic fruits, the good old apple will always be one of my favourite fruit. Plus, you can make some wicked apple pies to lick your fingers clean.
Surely, you can go for shortcuts and use puff pastry or shortcrust pastry, but a nice homemade apple pie crust is not only super easy to make, but you also know what goes in it. So, it's a lot healthier, and you can bake it to perfection too.
As for the shape of an apple pie, well, you get go for anything you like: round, square, rectangle, with crust bottom and top, or just bottom and lattice top, it's up to one's preference.
I used a quiche baking tray, but any kind of oven-proof dish would work, as long as you grease it well so the pie can be removed easily. So, let's see how we can make a classic apple pie!
How to make apple pie from scratch
I like to grate the apples for the apple pie filling and gently cooked them with sugar and cinnamon until all the apple juice is evaporated, but you can also chop the apples for a chunky filling. The crust can be made while the apples are cooking, it doesn't take long at all.
How to make the apple pie filling
- peel and grate the apples
- add them to a pan together with the sugar and cinnamon
- mix well, and leave to cook on a medium heat until all the juice is evaporated
- remove from the heat and cool completely
Note! Some apples are juicier than others, so the time that it takes for the juice to evaporate depends entirely on the type of apple you use. I would say it takes about 10 minutes, but do keep an eye on it.
How to make an apple crust
For the crust we need some basic ingredients that we use everyday anyway, so nothing fancy here: flour, sugar, eggs, milk, vegetable oil and a pinch of salt.
- beat the eggs with a pinch of salt, and add the sugar
You can either use a whisk to beat everything well, or a hand mixer. We want the eggs beaten very well until we get a smooth and thick paste that has a pale yellow colour and the sugar is nearly dissolved. Obviously, a mixer will be a lot faster.
- add the milk, oil, baking powder and half of the amount of flour and mix well
- add the remaining of the flour, and knead into a dough using your hands
Alternatively, you can add all the ingredients to a kitchen aid and have everything mixed well until you get a dough that does not stick to the hands.
- cut the dough into half, and roll one half over the bottom of a round baking tray, add the filling, then roll the other dough and cut strips to top the pie (see photos and videos for instructions)
- bake for 30-40 minutes until golden
- sprinkle the pie with powdered sugar or icing sugar
Can the apple pie be frozen?
If you want to make the apple pie ahead of time, we have 2 options:
- Grate the apples and place them in a sealable bag, and freeze. Just allow them to thaw and follow the same steps to make the apple filling, then the crust
This method is particularly useful if you have lots of apples around and don't know what else to do with them. You can portion them in different bags so you don't need to thaw them all at the same time, and use just the right amount for a pie. They can also be frozen for winter, as they are safe in the freezer for many months.
2. Make the apple pie and freeze before baking. Just pop it in the oven from frozen, it will take a bit longer to bake, so allow at least extra 15-20 minutes. Ideal if you want to have a freshly-baked pie and don't have time to make it from scratch on the day.
And there you have, a fantastic homemade apple pie that will go down a treat with the whole family. Great for you Thanksgiving dinner or any other celebration. Or just a little treat whenever you sweet tooth strikes again.
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Easy Apple Pie Recipe made from scratch with fresh apples and a touch of cinnamon, the best apple pie recipe in the world. Nothing beats a homemade pie, and this dessert is ideal not only during Fall, but all year round too. Quick and easy, a family-favourite Fall dessert.
- 1 kg apples ( 2 pounds)
- 4 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 600 g plain flour
- 3 eggs ( one egg for brushing)
- 100 g sugar
- 100 ml vegetable oil
- 100 ml milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
- a pinch of salt
To make the pie filling, peel and grate the apples, add the sugar and cinnamon, and add everything to a pan.
On a medium heat, cook the apples until their juice is evaporated, the time depends entirely on how juicy the apples are, but it could take about 5-10 minutes or so.
Set aside and leave to cool completely.
To make the crust, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt, add the sugar plus vanilla sugar, and beat well until you get a smooth paste that has a pale yellow colour. You can either beat it with a whisk or a mixer.
Add the milk, vegetable oil, baking powder and half of the amount of flour and mix well.
Add the remaining flour, and use your hands to knead a dough that does not stick to the hands. You might need more flour, just add a bit more at a time.
Cut the dough into half, then roll one half with a rolling pin, and arrange it on the bottom of a baking dish that has been greased with butter (see photos in the post).
Add the apple filling.
Roll the other half of the dough, then use a sharp knife to cut strips of about an inch wide. Arrange the strips horrizonally over the pie, then other vertically (see photos and video).
Beat the egg, then brush the pie with it.
Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes or until golden.
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