Easy Apple Pie Recipe (Using Fresh Apples)

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Your go-to Apple Pie Recipe using fresh apples in a homemade crust with very little added sugar.

This recipe is so simple that even the most basic cook can master this recipe the firs 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.

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

Classic Apple Pie Recipe

A basic apple pie recipe is simple and the end 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. I think 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 because there are a lot less in there to shrink and put out extra liquid.

Need a crust recipe to make your apple pie? I got you covered!

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. You can find this recipe plus SEVEN other pie recipes in one post if you are looking around for something that looks perfect for your Thanksgiving table.

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

There’s something magical about pulling a pie made from scratch out of the oven. It seems to take you back to a time when life was simpler and homemade pie was standard fare in American kitchens.

Plan to take an afternoon to bake and you just might love how grounding the whole process is for you. And you’ll have a beautiful pie to enjoy after dinner or to share with friends, and that’s a pretty great reward, too.

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What are the best apples to use for pies?

Try to find a firm apple to use in this recipe. I like a mix between 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!

  • Granny Smith – Tart, green, flavorful, and perfect for apple pie
  • Jonathan – red on yellow, bright flavor, and juicy
  • Golden Delicious – Softer, sweet, and yellow in color
  • Gala – light red, crispy, and mildly sweet

Should I let the apple pie cool before I serve it?

If you want this pie to slice nicely (and not have some of the fruit ooze out onto the pie plate after you remove a slice), then let it cool to room temperature before serving. Hot apple pie is delicious but the apples will slice and stay inside your pie if you wait. It’s up to you. Sometimes I cut into hot pie and just scoop some of the apples out of the pie plate, and sometimes I wait. It’s up to you.

Can I use a store bought pie crust?

If you don’t want to make a Perfect Pie Crust at home, a packaged pie crust will work just fine. Just brush the top with one egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon of water and give it a little sprinkle of sugar (extra chubby or sparkling sugar is really fun if you have it!)

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

Ingredients in apple pie:

  • granulated sugar, only 3 tablespoons for the whole pie!
  • thinly sliced apples, it’ll take about 8-10 medium apples
  • just a bit of butter and cinnamon
  • Double pie crust
  • granulated or chubby sparkling sugar if you want the top to be extra pretty

How to make an apple pie from scratch:

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Roll out and place an uncooked pie crust in the bottom of a deep 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Place the apple mixture in the uncooked pie shell. Place small pieces of butter on top of apple mixture.
  4. Top with second pie crust, crimp the edges, and then cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to vent.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake at 450 for the first 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 and continue cooking for an additional 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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

Basic Apple Pie Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x

Description

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!


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Ingredients

  • About 5 cups thinly sliced apples (peeled and cored), 8-10 medium apples
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 12 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

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl add the sliced apples. Sprinkle with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt and toss gently to combine well.
  2. Roll out and place an uncooked pie crust in the bottom of a deep 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Place the apple mixture in the uncooked pie shell. Place the small pieces of butter on top of apple mixture.
  4. Top with second pie crust, crimp the edges, and then cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to vent.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake at 450 for the first 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 and continue cooking for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  7. 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.
  8. Let the pie cool for 10 minutes before serving. Can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature.

Notes

  • Here’s a post about how to cut apples if you need it. If you peel them first and then cut them this way, it’s the fastest way to get your apples prepped. You’ll want to cut these apples about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Try to find a firm apple to use in this recipe. I like a mix between a sweet and sour apple. 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 low amount of added sugar. If you are using tart apples you might need to double the amount of sugar. Just taste and see.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1 Slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108.7 Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 7.6mg Sodium: 41.9mg Carbohydrates: 18.4g Sugars: 12.3g Protein: 1.1g Vitamin A: 26.4µg Vitamin C: 3.1mg

Keywords: Thanksgiving recipe, Thanksgiving dessert recipe, apple dessert, apple pie recipe, easy pie crust recipe

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Your go-to basic apple pie recipe made using fresh apple in a homemade crust with very little added sugar.

Your go-to basic apple pie recipe made using fresh apple in a homemade crust with very little added sugar.

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Laurie
Laurie

This pie is in the oven right now. I made it with 4 golden delicious & 4 Granny Smith apples and 2 9” crusts. Now what do I do with ALL of the leftover filling that wouldn’t fit in the pie-& I piled it high! Any suggestions?

Carrie
Carrie

Made this for Christmas. It was too tart. I think it was confusing to know which apples to use or how much sugar to add to apples. Also my crust top was very high while the apples cooked down, leaving a large gap between the two. Maybe I just over worked the dough. May try crust again, but need to find more exact recipe for filling.

Rachelle
Rachelle

I have made this recipe three times now. I love it and it is so easy.

Barbara
Barbara

Made this a second time and it’s still the best apple pie recipe I’ve tried! It’s easy to make and everyone goes back for second helpings. Seriously so happy I found this! Best with some vanilla caramel ice cream🤤

Michael
Michael

It’s been a while, I needed to brush up on baking apple pie. Your recipe format was very hard to follow -skipping all over some here , some there. I managed to bake one in spite of it. I used the whole egg on my topping. It worked great.

Barbara
Barbara

Made this last night and it was a big hit! The crust recipe is easy and came out buttery and just flakey enough. Making again for Thanksgiving 🙂 Best apple pie recipe I’ve tried. And that’s a lot!

Nav
Nav

Recipe seems easy to follow. Will be making apple pie for the first time and will be using crab apples from my neighbor’s apple tree.

Jess
Jess

Delicious & easy. Gone in less than a day. Making another as I type. I used 3 Granny Smiths and 3 Fuji— perfect. Not overly sweet. And perfect w ice cream!

Maria terrazas

I’m a apple pie lover but I have’nt make one ever so i want to make this recipe and see too if i can do it.

Barbi morgan
Barbi morgan

Melissa i just reread ur instructions and didnt find them confusing at all . On my way to the kitchen to make this pie. Will let u know how it turns out?

Barbi morgan
Barbi morgan

Well i just finished the pie. woW girl this pie was so ez and my husband just loves it . I made it yesterday and its half gone already and there is only two of us thanks for ur help

Chrissy
Chrissy

Sorry I forgot to answer.. device is Samsung tablet, using vertical orientation. Good luck

Chrissy
Chrissy

I think the confusion comes from the fact that step 1 is almost completely overlaid with an internet ad. It only shows the 4 characters af a time, chopping the sentences to a jarbled mess .. You may need to check the rendering on various devices (mobile, tablets, etc.) Prior to publishing

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.