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Apple Pie

I remember coming home sullen one day because we'd lost a softball game. Grandma, in her wisdom, suggested, "Maybe a slice of my homemade apple pie will make you feel better." One bite, and Grandma was right. If you want to learn how to make homemade apple pie filling, this is really the only recipe you need. —Maggie Greene, Granite Falls, Washington

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg white
  • Additional sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the sugars, flour and spices; set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.
  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim even with edge. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll remaining crust to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in crust.
  • Beat egg white until foamy; brush over crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
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Apple Pie Tips

What are the best apples to use in pies?

In the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, we prefer using Granny Smith for pies because of its tart flavor and ability to hold its shape. If you want something with a little more sweetness, we recommend using Braeburn, Golden Delicious or Jonagold. Learn more about the best apples for apple pie to determine which is the best one for you!

How many apples are in 6 cups?

Typically, 1 medium apple yields 1-1/3 cups sliced. For 6 cups of sliced apples, you will need about 5 medium apples. Plus, you'll have a little left over for a snack or to use in any of these apple recipes!

How do you keep the bottom of a pie from getting soggy?

To avoid a pie bottom from getting soggy, allow the bottom crust to heat more rapidly than the rest of the pie. To do this, place a baking sheet in the oven while preheating and then bake your pie on the pan.

Is it better to bake a pie in glass or metal?

Both metal and glass pie plates work well for baking double-crust pies. But for single-crust pies that are pre-baked, a metal plate is preferred because it heats quicker and ensures a crisp crust. Follow our other pie baking tips in our ultimate pie baking guide!

How do I keep my pie filling from being watery?

To prevent your pie from getting watery, make sure to have your pie crust ready before mixing the filling. The longer the filling sits before baking, the more moisture it will release. Follow these best-kept pie crust secrets so your crust can hold your pie filling nice and strong!
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 414 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • L
    Jun 9, 2020

    This pie was delicious! It was the first homemade pie I ever made, but the recipe was easy, it included items I usually already have in the kitchen, and it didn't take much time to prep. However, I only had Gala apples which made the pie perfectly sweet, but not too sweet. I didn't have any ginger so I missed out on that intended kick the recipe included. The top layer of my crust was still raw after 25 mins, so I added 13 more minutes...it was then half- undercooked, so I added 10 more minutes and adjusted to 400 degrees. Maybe I had the pie on a rack too low in the oven. All I know that in the end, it was delicious!

  • Jayla
    Jun 5, 2020

    I’m a 14 year old baker and I’ve always wanted to make an apple pie but I always thought it was too hard. I found this recipe and I was astonished by how easy it seemed. This pie came out so well when I made it. My whole family loved it so I already made it twice in the last week! This apple pie recipe is so good and very simple to make. I will definitely continue to make this pie for the rest of my life!

  • t
    May 30, 2020

    i don’t recommend this recipe. The pie had a lot of juice left at the bottom but the pie was still dry. I followed the recipe exactly and it looked good until i tried it. TOO MUCH cinnamon and nutmeg and my apples were still crunchy...

  • Tony
    May 19, 2020

    This was the second time I used this recipe. Thos time I used granny Smith's rather than red delicious and the pie came out much better since it wasn't overly sweet. The ginger also adds a nice touch.

  • lasvegasmomma
    May 18, 2020

    This pie is amazing! I like pie, but my family doesn't really care for it. My daughter received a school assignment to bak an apple pie, so this is the one we chose. I only made one change; I didn't have any cardamon so I sprinkled I a pinch of all-spice instead. The pie took longer to bake than directed, but the end result was worth the wait! I found the Taste of Home pie notes listed right after the recipe helpful, and also followed one of the the reviewer's recommendations to use heaping tablespoons full of flour. The pie wasn't runny or dry; it was just perfect! The only change I will make next time is to add another cup pf apples. I used 7 cups of thinly sliced honey crisps, but they cooked down quite a bit. My daughter has declared this the only pie she likes, and my husband refused to let me take a couple of pieces to my parents; he wanted the leftovers for himself!

  • Bhavesh
    May 14, 2020

    Thanks for this apple pie recipe. This apple pie recipe is very easy to make and very delicious in taste. Also sharing here another gluten free apple pie recipe. Check it out here: https://www.recipespack.com/granny-smith-apple-crumb-pie-gluten-free/

  • Francis
    May 10, 2020

    I've not tried this yet but I would like to know why lumps of butter were put inside please?

  • Renee
    Apr 30, 2020

    Best apple pie I ever made! I will say one thing, I put heaping tablespoons of flour and it came out perfect. After reading a review saying they heaped the flour, I decided to do that. It came out perfect! Thank you Taste of Home! My family was so thrilled with my pie!

  • Aquila
    Apr 22, 2020

    It really looked delicious! I can’t wait to try it !!!Thank you!

  • SoYummy
    Apr 21, 2020

    This pie was delicious !!! After reading the reviews I decided to make the tablespoons of flour into heaping tablespoons and the pie turned out perfect. Will be making this one again!