If there’s one thing I have always wanted to make, it would be the perfect apple pie recipe just like how my grandma makes it. This indulgent dessert isn’t like any other, because it has the taste of home, from the warm and tart filling to match with the flaky crust.
There’s nothing comparable to how grandmas make it, and I’m sure you feel the same way. It makes you wonder about how to create the perfect apple pie recipe to share with your own family and friends.
Fortunately, creating an apple pie doesn’t require the highest amount of skill, with it being effortless that anyone can make it. So if you’re wondering about how to make an apple pie just like how grandma makes it, then read on for an easy recipe to follow.
What to Prepare
Before going into the steps to follow for the apple pie recipe, here are the ingredients and equipment you will need to prepare:
* For the Crust:
- 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (add a bit of extra for rolling the dough)
- 1 cup of unsalted butter (two sticks or eight ounces). – Take note that the butter must be very cold and cut into half-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 6 to 8 tablespoons of ice water
* For the Filling:
- Half a cup of unsalted butter (one stick)
- 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- Quarter cup of water
- Half a cup of white sugar
- Half a cup of packed brown sugar
- 8 Granny Smith apples
* Tools and Equipment:
Apple Pie Recipe – Step by Step Directions
This filling and indulgent recipe have a burst of all flavors you expect to be in an apple pie. From the tart flavors of the apple down to the savory crust and sweetness of the filling, expect to keep coming back for more!
This recipe serves eight people. It takes three hours to prepare and bake.
1. Create Crust
Let’s start off by making the crust. Add the flour, salt, and sugar into the food processor, pulsing to a few times to mix. Add half of the butter into the processor and pulse again a few times.
Put the rest of the butter and pulse it for about eight times or until the largest butter pieces have already been reduced to the size of peas.
Sprinkle the quarter cup of ice water into the mixture <with NO ice cubes!> and then pulse. Add more ice water, a tablespoon each time, pulsing it once or twice after adding it. Stop pulsing and adding water until the dough looks like it’s barely holding together.
You will know if the dough mixture is ready when you pinch the crumbly dough using your fingers, seeing if it holds together. Avoid adding too much water, or you’ll find yourself with a tough crust.
2. Kneading Crust
Put the dough mixture on a clean and dry flat surface, gathering it to a mound. Push down the dough crumbles using the palm of your hand several times to help flatten the butter pieces. This will contribute to making the crust flaky.
Divide the dough mixture and make two even-sized mounds. Using your hands, form a disk for both mounds and start kneading. Avoid over-kneading, or it will end up toughening up the dough.
Sprinkle the kneaded disks with a bit of flour and wrap them in plastic wrap, refrigerating it for at least an hour or up to two days.
3. Preparing Crust
Remove one disk from the fridge and let it sit for ten minutes for it to soften up. Roll it with a rolling pin on a lightly-floured surface, making a 12-inch disk that’s 1/8-inch thick.
Place it on a nine-inch pie plate and press it down. Use kitchen scissors to trim your dough. Only trim it within half an inch of the edge of your pie plate.
4. Making the Filling
Now let’s begin with the filling! Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Once you have, melt your butter in the saucepan, stirring in the flour to create a paste. Add the water and both white and brown sugar and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the temperature and allow it to simmer.
5. Filling the Pie
Get the bottom layer of the pie and fill it with apples, slightly mounded. Pour the sugar mixture over the crust, only enough that it isn’t running off. Pour it slowly and steadily, to make sure that you are evenly pouring the filling in all parts of the crust.
Now get the second mound out from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature, repeating the same steps you followed with the first disk of pie crust.
6. Preparing the Pie for Baking
Now place it on top of the filling and pinch the dough rounds together (of both top and bottom pie crusts). Trim the excess dough with kitchen shears, leaving about a 3/4-inch hanging. Flute the edges using your fingers or press it with a fork.
Score the top of your pie with four two-inch cuts so the steam your pie has inside the filling while cooking will be able to escape.
7. Baking the Pie
Bake the pie for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit after that. Let it bake for another 30 to 45 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it sit at room temperature. Serve and enjoy!
8. Serving the Pie
I recommend you to serve the apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, to make the warm pie cool down quicker with a sweet scoop of ice cream running down. Whipped cream is another delicious topping as well.
Are you looking for the best dessert to serve right after a sumptuous meal? Whether you’re serving for a potluck with friends or dinner with the family, then you’ll want to try creating the perfect apple pie for everyone to indulge in.
Instead of the usual cakes and ice cream, try a slice of filling and tart apple pie, with the flavors bursting together.
I hope that this article on the easiest apple pie recipe has you encouraged to try it out yourself. So don’t wait any longer and enjoy a delicious slice of pie today, just like how your grandma makes it.
Do you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences when making this apple pie recipe? Then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.