Easy Apple Pie Recipe (Using Fresh Apples)

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Your go-to apple pie recipe uses fresh apples in a homemade crust with little added sugar. It’s so simple and delicious. I’m sure you will love it!

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A basic apple pie recipe is simple, and the results are just plain tasty. It’s a recipe that everyone should have in their collection. This apple pie doesn’t use a lot of added sugar, and you don’t have to cook the apples before adding them to the crust.

This pie has about an inch or inch-and-a-half of sliced apples inside the crust, which I think is a nice amount. Apple pies that are 3 or 4 inches high and stuffed with apples are gorgeous, but I like a more even crust-to-apple ratio myself. When you don’t have that many apples in the crust, you don’t have to precook the apples. (If you’re a pie fan, I have lots of delicious pie recipes to choose from, too.)

slice of apple pie on white plate with vanilla ice cream next to it and a fork.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This recipe is so simple that even the most basic cook can master it the first time. You can use any fresh apples you have and any crust you like. It’s so easy you’ll be making it every night for dinner.
  • There’s something magical about pulling a pie made from scratch out of the oven. It seems to take you back to when life was simpler and homemade pie was standard fare in American kitchens.
  • Kids LOVE apple pie for breakfast, so if I don’t have too much leftover, I’ll just store it covered on the counter to be eaten the next morning; sugar is a great preservative, so I have no issues leaving it out overnight.

Recipe Ingredients

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

apple pie on white plate with vanilla ice cream next to it and a fork.

How to Make Easy Apple Pie

Step #1. Mix the first 5 ingredients together and roll out the pie crust.

Step #3. Top with the second pie crust, crimp the edges, and cut a few slits in the top crust.

Step #2. Place the apple mixture in the uncooked pie shell and add butter to the top.

Step #4. Mix the egg white and water together, brush the top, sprinkle with sugar, and bake!

Recipe FAQs

What’s a good recipe for making pie crust?

I wrote a huge post all about pie crust! This basic apple pie recipe is a staple in our house, and I hope you love it. If you are looking for something perfect for your Thanksgiving table, you can find this recipe plus SEVEN other pie recipes in one post.

How many apples do you need for apple pie?

To make this apple pie, you need 10 medium-sized apples. It has a great apple pie filling-to-crust ratio (not too many apples, but not too few at the same time). Once the apples are sliced, you’ll need about 5 cups of apples in total.

Can I use a store bought pie crust?

A packaged pie crust will work fine if you don’t want to make a Perfect Pie Crust at home. Brush the top with one egg white mixed with one tablespoon of water and sprinkle it with sugar (extra chubby or sparkling sugar is really fun if you have it!).

two pieces of pie dough before being rolled out on a marble countertop.

Expert Tips

  • Try to find a firm apple to use in this recipe. I like a mix of sweet and sour apples. You can use Granny Smith, Jonathan, Jonagold, Winesap, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Gala, or Rome Beauty. I used a mix between Golden Delicious and some kind of tart firm apples from our trees for this pie, and it was great. It’s very forgiving, so experiment!
  • If you want this pie to slice nicely (and not have some of the fruit ooze out onto the pie plate after removing a slice), let it cool to room temperature before serving.
  • If you have leftovers you can store them covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. The crust gets a little soft when it sits, but I like to heat up a slice in the microwave before eating it.
whole apple pie in a glass pie plate with only one slice missing.

More Pie Recipes to Consider

Here’s a Video on How to Make Apple Pie from Scratch:

Easy Apple Pie Recipe | Classic Apple Dessert Recipe For Thanksgiving!
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Basic Apple Pie Recipe

My go-to apple pie recipe made with fresh apples! Homemade, flaky crust with juicy apple filling. Makes a delicious pie that goes perfectly with ice cream!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • about 5 cups thinly sliced apples, peeled and cored, 8-10 medium apples
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • Double pie crust
  • 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water
  • granulated or chubby sparkling sugar, optional
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Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl add the sliced apples. Sprinkle with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt and toss gently to combine well.
  • Roll out and place an uncooked pie crust in the bottom of a deep 9-inch pie plate.
  • Place the apple mixture in the uncooked pie shell. Place the small pieces of butter on top of apple mixture.
  • Top with second pie crust, crimp the edges, and then cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to vent.
  • Mix the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water together in a small bowl and then brush the top with water and sprinkle with sugar before baking.
  • Bake at 450 degrees F. for the first 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F.  and continue cooking for an additional 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  • If the edge of the crust starts to brown more quickly than the center, carefully cover the edge with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.
  • Let the pie cool for 10 minutes before serving. Can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature.

Video

Notes

  • You’ll want to cut these apples about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Want to make a pretty lattice pie crust? Here’s how to do that!
  • Try to find a firm apple to use in this recipe. I like a mix of sweet and sour apples. You can use Granny Smith, Jonathan, Jonagold, Winesap, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Gala, or Rome Beauty. I used Golden Delicious from our trees for this pie, and it was great.
  • In the world of pies, this one has a very small amount of added sugar. If you are using tart apples, you might need to double the amount of sugar. Just taste and see. Feel free to add up to 1/3 cup of sugar to this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 8 slices, Calories: 290kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 276mg, Potassium: 136mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 131IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg
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81 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    5 stars
    Very good. Basic like I wanted, delicious.

  2. James Steele says:

    5 stars
    It was easy, easy as pie and I’m not a cook. I did enjoy giving it a whirl. It taste great!!

  3. Nathou says:

    4 stars
    Hi!
    I made apple pie! Was good
    But witch rack do you cook it?
    Down rack alone or in middle a the way true cooking?
    And the stuffing apple was more between puree in side? I did cute my apple in slices!And we do need to hade Shortening and also butter?
    But was still very good 🙂

    1. Melissa says:

      I like a butter and margarine crust but you don’t have to use that recipe if you don’t want. It has a nice flavor and the texture is easy to work with. I bake it in the center of the middle rack.

  4. yusuf says:

    5 stars
    Busting homes

  5. Therese says:

    This pie is easy to make and tastes great. Not sure why some people were confused on the directions. I have made it several times. I like that there are very few ingredients and not a lot of sugar. Do you have a similar recipe for peach pie using frozen peaches?

    1. Melissa says:

      I don’t but I’ll add it to my recipe list, thank you for the suggestion and I’m so glad you like this pie as much as we do!

  6. Kat says:

    Hi, can you make this recipe the head of time and freeze and bake the day of?

    1. Melissa says:

      Yes, I thaw it before baking in the fridge overnight. You can also bake it fully, freeze it, and reheat. Both work great.

  7. Cézanne says:

    5 stars
    This apple pie was so easy to make and tasted so good 😊 I really recommended it!!

    1. Destiny says:

      I have 2 shallow 9” pie pan. Could I make the recipe as written and make two pies out of them (the filling)?

    2. Melissa says:

      You can just try it in your pan… it’s not so messy (like a pumpkin pie with a really wet filling) that you can’t just make it fit or you can divide it if that’s easier for you.

    3. Melissa says:

      You have some flexibility here since the filling isn’t a really wet filling like pumpkin pie filling or something. You can squish it in a shallow pan, it should work fine or you can divide it if that feels easier for you. It’s kind of up to you, I’d probably just make it fit the pan you have. It should work out fine still.

  8. Jane says:

    Completely agree with Randy. This recipe has THREE different cook times between the two recipes listed and in the video. Consistency and accuracy is too important when baking.

    1. Melissa says:

      Two recipes? I’m not sure what you are talking about, the recipe is very clear but it does have a beginning temperature and then a lower baking temperature part way through cooking, that’s common for pie baking.

  9. Melissa says:

    I have no idea what you are talking about. The #1 instruction is “In a medium bowl add the sliced apples. Sprinkle with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt and toss gently to combine well.” and the egg white is listed right under the pie crust in the ingredients list… don’t leave star ratings for recipes you haven’t even tried please.

  10. Danielle says:

    5 stars
    Oh man, this was legit the easiest, but hands down the most delicious homemade apple pie I’ve ever eaten. This was also my first time even making a pie! I was shook! LoL. I would highly recommend anyone to make this. It’s so yummy!