Perfect Apple Pie Recipe

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Kristin Published: March 30, 2021 Modified: July 13, 2021
Perfect Apple Pie Recipe

How To Make Perfect Apple Pie

Enjoy the perfect balance of sweet-tart apples in this decadent apple pie! Each bite comes with spiced apples and buttery flavors from its crisp crust.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours

Serves:

Ingredients

  • cupsall purpose flour,plus 1½ tbsp
  • 1tspsalt
  • 2tspgranulated sugar
  • 8ozunsalted butter,(2 sticks), cold
  • ½cupvegetable shortening,cold, solid
  • ice water
  • lbsGolden Delicious apples
  • 1large lemon,juiced
  • 1cupdark brown sugar,packed
  • ¼tspcinnamon
  • 2tspmilk

Instructions

Dough:

  1. In a food processor, pulse 2½ cups of the flour with the salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add 8 tablespoons of the butter and the shortening, then pulse until the mixture resembles small peas.

  2. Add ⅓ cup of ice water and pulse until evenly moistened. Squeeze some of the mixture with your hand; it should come together. If it crumbles, add 1 tablespoon of ice water and pulse again.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gently press with the heel of your hand, then quickly gather into a ball. Divide in half and form into disks.

  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 days.

  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk into a ⅛-inch thick 13-inch wide round. Fit the round into a 9-inch glass pie plate and trim the overhang to ½-inch.

  6. Refrigerate the pie shell.

  7. Roll out the second disk into a ⅛-inch thick 12-inch wide round, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Filling:

  1. Peel, halve and core the apples, then cut into ¾-inch wedges and toss with the lemon juice in a large bowl.

  2. In a 12-inch skillet, melt the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter over low heat; stir in the brown sugar. Add the apples and turn to coat.

  3. Increase the heat to high and cook, turning occasionally, for 15 minutes, until most of the wedges are tender but not mushy. Do not overcook.

  4. Immediately scoop the apples and their juices onto a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining 1½ tablespoons of flour and the cinnamon over them and toss until the flour disappears.

  5. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and let the apples cool to room temperature for 40 minutes.

To Bake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Arrange the apples in the pie shell; drizzle the juices over them. Moisten the pie rim with a wet pastry brush.

  3. Center the top crust over the apples and press the rim to seal. Using scissors, trim the top crust to a ½-inch overhang, then fold it under and crimp.

  4. Dissolve the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar in the milk and lightly brush the top of the pie. Pierce several holes in the top of the pie with a fork.

  5. Bake the pie for 25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. If the crust begins to brown too quickly, cover the rim with foil.

  6. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 20 minutes longer, or until the apple pie filling is bubbling.

  7. Transfer the apple pie to a wire rack and let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into wedges and serving.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 1361.38kcal
  • Fat: 73.28g
  • Saturated Fat: 35.70g
  • Trans Fat: 5.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 22.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 9.27g
  • Carbohydrates: 168.65g
  • Fiber: 14.95g
  • Sugar: 89.33g
  • Protein: 10.31g
  • Cholesterol: 122.16mg
  • Sodium: 612.04mg
  • Calcium: 95.88mg
  • Potassium: 684.94mg
  • Iron: 4.70mg
  • Vitamin A: 404.51µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.61mg
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