Homemade Apple Pie: A Timeless Classic

    There's something inherently comforting about the aroma of a freshly baked apple pie wafting through the kitchen. Making your own apple pie from scratch is rewarding and a delightful journey into the heart of traditional baking. In this guide, we'll take you through a step-by-step process to create a homemade apple pie that will fill your home with warmth and sweetness.


For the Pie Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

For the Apple Filling:

  • 6-7 cups apples (a mix of tart and sweet varieties like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For Assembly:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (for dotting the filling)
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • Additional sugar (for sprinkling on top)


Step 1: Prepare the Pie Crust

  1. Combine Dry Ingredients:
    • Whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add Butter:
    • Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture.
  3. Cut in Butter:
    • Use a pastry cutter or your hands to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add Ice Water:
    • Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork until the dough just comes together.
  5. Form Dough:
    • Divide the dough, shape each half into a disk, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Step 2: Prepare the Apple Filling

  1. Slice Apples:
    • Peel, core, and slice the apples. Toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients:
    • Combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. Toss Apples:
    • Add the sliced apples to the sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated.

Step 3: Roll Out Pie Crust

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Roll Out Bottom Crust:
    • Roll out one pie crust disk on a floured surface to fit a 9-inch pie dish.
  3. Place in Pie Dish:
    • Gently transfer the rolled-out crust to the pie dish, pressing it into the bottom and sides.

Step 4: Fill the Pie

  1. Fill with Apple Mixture:
    • Pour the prepared apple mixture into the pie crust, mounding it slightly in the center.
  2. Dot with Butter:
    • Dot the apple filling with small pieces of butter.

Step 5: Roll Out Top Crust and Seal

  1. Roll Out Top Crust:
    • Roll out the second disk of the pie crust.
  2. Place on Top and Seal:
    • Place the rolled-out crust on top of the apple filling. Trim any excess dough and crimp the edges to seal the pie.

Step 6: Egg Wash and Ventilation

  1. Apply Egg Wash:
    • Beat the egg and brush it over the top crust for a golden finish.
  2. Ventilation Holes:
    • Cut a few slits or create a decorative pattern in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

Step 7: Bake

  1. Bake:
    • Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  2. Cool:
    • Allow the pie to cool for at least 3 hours before slicing.

Tips for Success:

  1. Chill Ingredients:
    • Keep the butter and water very cold for a flaky crust.
  2. Mix Apple Varieties:
    • Use a mix of apple varieties for a well-balanced flavor and texture.
  3. Adjust Sugar and Spices:
    • Adjust the sugar and spice levels based on your preference and the sweetness of the apples.
  4. Protect the Crust Edges:
    • Cover the crust edges with aluminum foil during baking if they are browning too quickly.


Creating a homemade apple pie is a labor of love that brings joy to those who indulge in its sweet, spiced perfection. The flaky crust, aromatic filling, and golden finish make this classic dessert a favorite for gatherings or a simple family treat. So, roll up your sleeves, embrace the cozy aroma, and enjoy the timeless delight of a homemade apple pie.


  1. Can I use store-bought pie crust?
    • You can use a store-bought crust, but making your own adds a special touch.
  2. Can I freeze the pie?
    • Yes, you can freeze the unbaked pie for later use. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  3. What apples are best for apple pie?
    • A mix of tart and sweet apples like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp works well.
  4. Can I make the pie ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the pie and refrigerate it overnight before baking.
  5. How do I prevent a soggy bottom crust?
    • Dust the bottom crust with a thin layer of flour before adding the apple filling to help prevent a soggy crust.