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Inside: A simple apple pie recipe that has only a few ingredients but ends up tasting really delicious.
There is something that is so delicious about a simple apple pie. The combination of the tartness of the apples with the spice of nutmeg all encased in a crisp and flaky shell. It’s a wonderful combination that isn’t hard to make.
If you haven’t made a pie before it is really quite a simple process to make this fresh apple pie recipe. First, you need to make the crust. Which isn’t too hard but can sound intimating if you haven’t made one before.
If you need to learn how to make a pie crust you can watch my step by step tutorial and learn how. Be sure to double the recipe as you’ll need a double crust instead of a single crust.
If you don’t want to make your own pie crust, you can pick up a pie crust at the store. They are usually in the refrigerator section and most brands come with two pie crust per box. Making it easier to make pie anytime.
After you get the pie crust made or purchased, all that is left is to make the filling. These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this simple apple pie,
Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
Crust from Scratch
Shortening or Butter
How many apples you’ll need will depend on how big your apples are. The honey crisp apples I used in this pie were so big, I used three and a half to get 6-7 cups of sliced apples. But with an average sized apple, you’ll need about 2 pounds of apples or around 6-7 medium sized apples.
You can watch the 5-minute video I made for this recipe. Keep reading for a few tips on making this simple apple pie and the printable recipe too.
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Tips for Making this Easy Simple Apple Pie Recipe
I like to use a melon baller to core the apple. I find it works really well and I don’t lose as much apple using this technique. To use the melon baller to core an apple, start by scooping out the stem end and the blossom end of the apple, then cut it in half. Once the apple is cut in half use the melon baller to remove the seeds and the rest of the stem. I show this technique in the video above.
I like to peel my apples after I core them. I find it’s easier to hold onto the apple to core it if I leave the peel on. I love my little paring knives for peeling the apples. You can also use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel. My kids like to use this one we have when they are helping me in the kitchen.
Once the apple is cored and peeled, I slice the apple into 1/4 inch thick slices. If you like chunks of apple instead of slices you can cut your apple into chunks. If you like lots of layers of apples slice in your pie cut the apples thinner with a mandolin slicer. This is the mandolin slicer I own and really like.
If you have an apple peeler, corer, slicer it would work well to prepare the apples for the pie. I have one just like this model and it works great.
I mix the flour and nutmeg before adding it to the sliced apples . It helps to distribute the nutmeg more evenly.
After adding the brown sugar to the apples, toss to coat all the apples really well. I used my hands for this as it works well, but a spoon would work well too.
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When adding the apples to the pie crust arrange them so they are heaping in the middle but fully tucked into the pie crust.
After adding the top crust fold the extra crust over and under the bottom pie crust to build up the crust edge. Then press to seal it well. I like to make a standing edge to my pie crust but crimping the crust edge with a fork is easy to do too.
Press the top crust down onto of the apple to compact the apples more and make the crust conform to the apples.
Cut a few vent slits in the top of the pie to release the steam as the apples cook. Sprinkle the crust with a little sugar before baking.
If you don’t like the crust edges deep brown, cover them with foil or a crust cover to keep the crust edges from getting too dark.
How to Make a Simple Apple Pie with Video Tutorial
- 6-7 cups of Sliced Apples
- 2 tablespoons Flour
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Pie Crusts
- Place one pie crust into the pie and seat it in well.
- Mix the flour and nutmeg together in a small bowl.
- Place the sliced apples into a large bowl and sprinkle with the flour and nutmeg mixture.
- Add the brown sugar to the apples and toss to coat well.
- Place the coated apples into the pie crust in the pan.
- Arrange the apples so they are heaped and fit inside the pie plate.
- Place the second pie crust on top of the apples.
- Tuck any extra pie crust under to form a thick pie crust on the edge.
- Crimp or flute the pie crust edge.
- Cut slits in the top of the pie and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
- Bake 425 for 40-50 minutes or until apples are soft and pie crust is browned.
That’s how I make a simple apple pie. I hope the video tutorial helps to show you how easy it can be to the perfect apple pie. When you make fresh apple pie at home you can save money and have a yummy homemade pie you made yourself.
What’s your favorite apple to use in a fresh apple pie recipe? I really like granny smith apples but honey crisp apples are also really good too.
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