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Apple pie recipes are an American favorite! This old fashioned apple pie recipe produces a flaky pastry crust and juicy apple filling.
Combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in bowl. Cut in 3/4 cup butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in enough water with fork just until flour is moistened.
Divide dough in half; shape each half into ball. Flatten slightly. Wrap each ball of dough in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 400°F.
Roll out one ball of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters. Place dough into ungreased 9-inch pie plate; unfold dough, pressing firmly against bottom and sides. Trim crust to 1/2 inch from edge of pie plate; set aside.
Combine all filling ingredients except apples, 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon sugar in bowl. Add apples; toss lightly to coat. Spoon apple mixture into prepared crust.
Roll remaining ball of dough into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters. Place dough over filling; unfold. Trim, seal and crimp or flute edge. Cut 5 or 6 large slits in crust. Brush with melted 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Cover edge of crust with 2-inch strip aluminum foil.
Bake 35 minutes; remove foil. Continue baking 10-20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. Cool pie 30 minutes; serve warm. Store refrigerated.
Dietary Fiber: 3g
The recipe was fantastic Question: can I make the pie and leave it unbaked and freeze it for a couple of days then take it with us on a 4 hour drive to my son's and bake it in his oven when we get there? I have never tried to do this before and wonder if it will come out good or if he will just throw it out after tasting it, PLEASE HELP, I WANT TO SURPRISE HIM WITH THIS PIE thanks ray
Love this pie easy to make came out perfect the first time did add more cinnamon to my pie this is my new apple pie recipe
I have been baking for quite a long time, so I know how to bake. I made this recipe today, followed the instructions exactly and it's the worst apple pie I've ever eaten. I used Granny Smith apples since the recipe called for tart apples. In other recipes, I just use regular Red Delicious, however, I was following the directions. The apples made the pie too sour/tart and not at all sweet even though I used the called for sugars. In addition, When I cut the first piece and removed it from the pie plate, lots of liquid poured into the empty space I just created. The bottom crust was very soggy as a result. The pie was cooked for the recommended and the top crust had browned. The pie was cooled for 30 minutes and then refrigerated.
This is the best apple pie my hubby and myself have tasted. It was quite the crowd pleaser at Christmas dinner. So simple and easy. I used store bought crust (not the norm for me.) I also sliced the apples a little thinner and added the normal butter to the pie filling, out of habit. It turned out perfect, with amazing taste and the apples cooked to perfection. It was so good, he's asking me to make another one this week for New Years. I haven't written a review on a recipe before, but this recipe definitely deserves it!
Best pie EVER! I do add a couple more apples and 2 tablespoons of butter to the apples Also I make it the day before. I do that with all pies . The only apple pie my grandson will eat and I make it every time he comes over. To make the bottom crust cook well I am baking it on a preheated cookie sheet, also used a metal pie pan instead of my usual glass pan , experimenting because I want a well cooked bottom crust.
I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. I think a lot of apple pies have to much cinnamon but the mixture for this pie was perfect. I made the pie exactly as written except I used store bought pie crust. I used 3 granny smiths and 3 slightly sweet apples and sliced them super thin. The apples were nicely done after baking, not to mushy and not to crispy. I have been asked to make this for Christmas and I will probably make the crust to go with it. Thanks for a great apple pie recipe.
I used this recipe to make an apple pie for Thanksgiving, and it turned out perfectly! Everyone loved it. It was easy to make.
Unsalted or salted butter? Thanks
Excellent recipe! I wish I could be a taste tester in their kitchen!!
Yes, I agree this is the best apple pie I have ever made! However, I do add butter into the apples. 2 Tablespoons of it and it comes out amazing. My hubby and kids say its the best too
i live in New England. What is the best apples to use for this pie for Thanksgiving?
I can understand how the others are confused about the liquid and Mallory's response is that the apples and butter make enough. The problem is the instructions do not call for butter in the pie, only melted and brushed on top of the crust. I made it and diced up two tablespoons of butter and dotted it over the apples and it came out perfect! I am pretty sure they didn't realize that the recipe and instructions left that part out! Once added the pie is delicious and definitely a keeper!
Would this pie (unbaked) freeze well? I just bought a FoodSaver and would like to try it.
Utterly confused. Your recipe does not use lemon juice nor any added liquied, such as apple juice. Can you pleae tell me why? And if I make this filling, can I add a couple of apples without adding more suger, etc.? And once mixed, can I freeze in freezer bag until day before Thanksgiving? Thank you.
This apple pie is delicious and the recipe is so easy. I am by no means a pie baker and I was able to make this and it came out wonderfully. I made it twice in one week. The 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg in the filling was a little strong for me, so on the second pie, I halved it to 1/4 teaspoon.
Why doesnt the pie filling have any liquid ingredients? Ive never seen a pie filling with only dry ingredients?
Used this recipe to make my very first apple pie. My friends and family said it was the best pie they ever tasted! I was so proud. Thanks Land O Lakes!
For this recipe, can you use any brand of butter or does "Land O Lakes" have something special in it?Thanks.Carly
This pie is divine! An instant family favorite! Nom,nom,nom!
Cortland Apples are great in this recipe.. The pie is not watery and is very delish..
this is my first time making a apple pie the brown sugar do I use dark or light?
I made this pie today and followed the recipe exactly. This was hands down the best tasting, flaky, tart delicious pie I've made!
Making this RIGHT NOW! 3 Jonagold and 3 Golden Delicious apples. Smells so good!
Fantastic recipe. Used NC Fuji apples. The house smells divine....my wife and daughter loved it!!! Thanks Land'o' Lakes!!!
I made this recipe and my husband thought it was fantastic. I used red delicious from our new apple tree. The squirrels were eating all the apples so I picked them a little green and added a granny smith. Turned out delicious.Not watery. I made the crust with white whole wheat flour. Crust was fine and healthier that all purpose flour.
This is the perfect tasting pie. Yes, it's hard to roll out the crust, but it tastes so much better than a store-bought pastry or one made with shortening (which is MUCH easier to roll). I researched apples first, and Braeburn was recommended as the best for pies -- just the right amount of sweet/tart flavor that holds its shape after baking. I completely agree. You won't get a watery pie with Braeburns.
I'm going to make this for a friend's birthday as it looks like the perfect pie for an apple pie lover. My question. Would there be any adjustments to making it a deep dish pie?
I tried rolling out the pie crust after leaving it in the refrigerator for 1 hour, it did not roll out very good very crumbly. I think I my have needed more water; very dry. I did not use it, so I through it in the trash. I did use the apple filling. I hope it turns out well, cause this pie is for someone else.
Wow! Just wow! I had absolutely no problem with this recipe being watery :D In fact it was the least watery apple pie I've ever made. The nutmeg gives it a nice fall season touch to it although I've never had a taste for nutmeg. As long as you know how to keep an apple pie from watering up then you're golden with this one! I used Gala apples and made two more for friends and everyone absolutely loved them!
This recipe was a big hit at our house. To keep the filling from being watery, put the sugar on the apples at the very last minute - right before you put the pie in the oven.
My daughter made her first ever apple pie using this recipe----my, my, my. It was the best apple pie I have ever eaten in my 53 years!!! Both the crust and filling were perfect. She used 6 Ambrosia apples which baked up very nicely with just the right amount of sweetness! No variations to this recipe are needed. Next time around we'll add the whipping cream!!!
To the person/people who have had their pie come out runny...it may well be due to allowing the filling to sit for too long before baking. The sugar causes the juices to run out of the apples, and if you wait too long you will have too much juice come out of the apples. I always roll out my first crust; place it in the pan; and then roll out my top crust before I make my filling.
I wish I knew what I did wrong. Used Granny Smith and Brae born (spelling?) apples. Very watery; ruined my bottom crust.
You should separate the directions into crust and filing too in order to be clear which is which.
This basic filling recipe was so good that now I'm feeling guilty for using a purchased crust. It deserved the hand made crust. I will take the time to do that next time. My husband said this was the best apple pie he ever had.
My daughter and I tried this recipe for her first apple pie. This will be our recipe from now on, the pie turned out delicious and such a success that we are making it to take to the family holiday parties for everyone to enjoy!
Well, when I made this recipe I used Northern Spies, and it turned out watery... I also added 1/16 of a teaspoon of ground cloves, for a nice fall taste. Other than the fact it turned out watery, this is a good recipe. (I used a premade crust, though. I didn't have time to make a crust from scratch...)
The pie and crust were the best I have ever made in my life, and I am 61 years old! I had to use 7-8 tablespoons of water to the crust total, not the 4-5 tablespoons in the crust recipe. My husband and friends gave rave reviews as well! It was beautiful to look at, and even better to eat! AMAZING! I would like to try the cream in the slits idea next time, but can't imagine it being any better!
This pie was super easy and delicious! My only complaint is that my pie was also VERY watery, i scooped out half a cup of juice after letting it sit for 30 minutes. BUT not even the extra juice made the pie less flaky or delicious.
I used Gala Apples, they are only mildly tart and it came out great. Flaky crust, warm gooey filling and that hint of cinnamon and nutmeg just gave it a great after taste.
Follow the recipe to the letter and it turned out great. However, it's not the best apple pie I've ever tasted but it was very good. I would recommend this recipe to anyone. The filling was not to sweet the apples were cooked just right and had great flavor also, the crust was light and flaky.
Best apple pie recipe I ever made. Whole family loved it. Thank you so much.
I just took this pie out of the oven a half hour ago and am eating a piece right now! This pie is incredible! I actually added some butter pieces inside on top of the apples though, the sauce was rich and thick, not watery at all. Will surely make again!
I made this pie for my classmates for pie day, and they all loved it. I used three different types of apple, and I let the apples expel water, microwaved the sugar and apple juice, and received a lovely caramel that I then mixed into the apples. The consistency was amazing, all of the other pies I've made were runny, but this one was perfect. the cinnamon and nutmeg really come out and enhance the sweetly sour taste of the apples. The crust is crunchy and flaky, just perfect.
I'm not the biggest pie fan and I have always disliked pie crust which is my only real fault studying Culinary, but we had a pie contest in baking class today and lets just say I won overall the best score from this recipe. For once I enjoyed apple pie and savored the crust. It wasn't too sweet, which is most enjoyable in comparison to the pies Ive had loaded with sugar and I get a awful rush from a few bites. Delectable flavor and a superb crust. Kudos for this recipe and thank you for sharing it with the world.
My grandma use to make the BEST apple pie and sadly she passed away without my mom or me getting her recipe. I made this as a test trial before making it for the big thanksgiving meal and my mom almost cried because it tasted like my grandmas pie. I made it again for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it!! Crust turned out perfect and the pie is was just amazing. not to sweet.. Awesome recipe. It will be my new family holiday recipe..
I followed the recipe exactly, and found the crust and filling both tasted delicious, but the filling was very VERY watery. like a complete mess. I ended up scooping the slices into bowls and serving with ice cream. not aesthetically pleasing, but still tasted great.
Before I made this pie, I was not an apple pie fan (and I bake all the pies for all holidays, so I have made a lot of apple pies that I refused to eat) The secret is in pouring the cream into the pie- it just makes this so delicious, I can't put it into words.
The best recipe for apple pie - EVER!!! This pie is the best I ever baked AND the best I ever ate!!! DELICIOUS!!! Will never use another.
The best apple pie I have EVER made. I made it for Canadian Thanksgiving dinner last weekend, and it was a huge hit; and am making it again today for a potluck dinner party. I used a combination of Lobo and Macintosh apples for the filling. And I added a pinch of cloves to the filling spices; otherwise, I didn't alter the recipe.
the crust from this recipe was amazing. we are a sugar-free family so i made the filling with honey, melted butter, spices (i included cardamom and cloves), and apples (picked at a ny state orchard the day before!). result: delicious!
Fantastic recipe! First time making apple pie and it went perfectly. The crust was cooked just right and it was nice and flaky. The apples were tender, and not too sweet or too tart. Probably one of the best apple pie's I've had (husband agrees)This will be my go to recipe when I want to make apple pie
This recipe is amazing. The first apple pie I ever made was a disaster. Crust was tough and filling was VERY runny, like soup with apple chunks. But this time I read a lot on how to cut the apples and make crust and I searched through tons of recipes until I found this one. It has great flavor and the filling isn't runny at all!
This Pie was delicious, though the apples were left a little crunchy for my liking. I was especially happy with the crust. I used Spectrum Organic Shortening instead of Crisco, and it still turned out perfect, tender and flakey, but needed a TBSP or two extra water. I would definitely recommend this recipe if you are looking for an easy apple pie that does not run and you can pull out of pie pan in picture perfect slices!
I made this pie exactly as the recipe using Granny Smith apples, it is delicious! The spices in the pie crust pushed it over the top without being too powerful . It will be my go- to apple pie recipe from now on.
My fourteen year old grandaughter said it was the best she ever tasted. We call her miss fussy.
This is the the BEST APPLE PIE I EVER MADE OMG. I only had 10 GALA APPLES in Refrig. and used those to make this pie. I will never use any other recipe again. I did add a tsp. of vanilla . I had the premade pie crust and used that. This pie is a must to make as the filling is AWESOME.TKS FOR THIS RECIPE.
Best. Apple. Pie. Recipe. Ever. (And yes, the whipping cream is a must, NOT an "option")
I have been making this recipe for years. It really is the best!
this is a good recipe
The pie filling is so delicious!!! I will definitely make this for company next time. I used Granny Smith apples, and the apples came out tender, and the filling was firm, not runny. Very good!
I did not have the time to make the crust so I used the pillsbury pie crust, but I used the filling recipe here, only I did not have any nutmeg but it still turned out delicious!!!! The first homemade apple pie I have made that when I cut into it it was not all soupy.This is the best recipe I have ever tried!!!Thanks Land o Lakes!!
I have used this recipe for about 2-3 years now, and you cannot make me try another apple pie recipe! My husband has had me make this pie for his coworkers because it is SOOOO good! If you notice, the ingredients are simple, but the flavor is perfect! Look no further!
ve finally found the perfect apple pie. Look no further if you are still looking for one. The crust is I haso tender and just the right amount of a hint of cinnamon. I used Empire apples. I made the crust in my food processor ( did not need to use as much water as the recipe suggested by doing it this way) and cut the apples using one of those appliances that peel, core and slice the apples. I had this pie ready to place in the oven within 30 minutes. Thank you Land O Lakes for a great recipe.
My mom is usually the one who makes pies in our family. However, when I was craving a warm slice of apple pie, I had to search high and low for a good recipe. I stumbled upon this recipe and let me tell you, it's not good, it's perfect! I made two small dishes instead of one large one, so I could share. I took it to my parent's house and everyone loved it, even my mom! It's a definite keeper.(I did not use the whipping cream, but I will have to try it next time due to all the rave reviews)
IT'S THE BROWN SUGAR THAT MAKES THIS PIE SOOOOOO GOOD.MY MOM MADE THIS RECIPE OVER 75 YEARS AGO.
This is THE standard pie recipe in our house. Have not used any other recipe for over 15 years when I bought the Land O Lakes cookbook that it was in. We do make one small change, using Fuji apples and only using brown sugar. The Fuji's are sweeter than Granny Smiths and do not need the extra processed sugar. The Whipping cream is MANDATORY, not optional :)
I have made this pie for a long time now. We all love it even if it isnt Xmas!
Delicious recipe! It was my first time making pie crust from scratch and it was easy and tasty. I would definitely recommend this recipe to others.
Excellent, I have shared this recipe with several. I would suggest a cookie sheet under the pie when baking. I made leaves from the left over dough and placed on top of the pie for baking.
Excellent pie...and everyone at our Thanksgiving table had rave reviews. This one is a keeper!
i loved the recipe, but i would use less nutmeg. my pie looked just like your picture.... presentation is important!
I always put some type of drip pan under the pies I make. Sometimes the juice spills over the sides and a pan is easier to clean the the oven. Also, I like to use the middle shelf to set the pies on to bake.
OMG...Best pie I ever made! Very easy, perfect in everyway. A definite Plus "A LA MODE" too. Great for any occasion and no mess in the kitchen after you've finished. Guaranteed no leftovers.
It's amazing how good this recipe is without sugar. Since I have a diabetic at home I like to try different recipes without using sugar and find the spices make up the difference in taste in this recipe. Many, many thanks
I have been making a pretty good apple pie for over 45 years but just never could find the perfect one until today. I wanted a filling that was not runny and this one sure was the WINNER. No wonder they called it the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie. The crust was excellent and very easy to make. For the new bakers I would place the dough on Plastic wrap, press the dough down, cover with another sheet and roll out to the 12". Then just tear over the top piece, flip the crust onto your pie plate, fill, and roll up the top crust the very same way. What a picture. Thank you.
Highly recommend this recipe. Easy and simple ingredients, always get complimented on it. make it even easier: buy pillsbury refrigerated crust:
My class used this recipe and had great results. The crust is easy for students to work with and provided a pie for them to take home and share with parents. Good results all around.
this pie was easy to make and the crust was great. this will be one for the line up after the turkey on thanksgiving.
this is my favorite recipe. i been doing this apple pie for the holidays. everyone who's tried it, can't wait until i bake it.
I have been making the Blue Ribbon Pie for years and it continues to be the best Pie served at the holidays. You don't have to make the crust, I always do, more effort but what a difference. I have also found if you don't have an apple peeler, a Presto tater twister hiding in most of our cupboards slices the perfect sized apple for pie.
we love this apple pie. when i first got this recipe it said to pour 1/4 cup of heavey cream thru the slits with 10 min left and than finsh baking. My husband will not let me bake it without the cream
I used a store bought pie crust (Walmart brand) because I have never made a pie before. The recipe was extremely easy and it did not take very long to make. The end result was excellent. This pie was very good and my family raved about it in between bites. My husband still talked about it the following morning. This recipe is a keeper.
This is one of the best apple pie recipes I have every tried! Everyone that has tasted it has raved over it and wants the recipe, and I have a hard time giving it to them. I want to keep it as a family secret and pass it down to my kids! But I end up giving it to them very relunctly, seeing they are family. I only make this apple pie recipe no others. Everyone loves it!
This pie was really easy and tasted great.
My family loved it so much, that I've made it several times. If your pressed for time you can always buy the premade roll out crust.
This apple pie was excellent!
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