Apple pie is one of those treasured dishes that generally evokes memories to togetherness and the comforts of home. It is sweet and the spices accompanying it give it extra amazing flavor. It can definitely be an undertaking, especially if you’re making your own dough (we won’t tell if you decide to go with store-bought), but you’ll be rewarded with a perfectly buttery and flaky crust if you decide to make your own. And street cred, of course.
It might seem like it’s too complicated or long-winded of a process, but we promise, this apple pie is phenomenal and everyone who tastes it will thank you for your hard work!
Serves 6-8; 1 9-inch pie
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup ice water
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 cups cored, peeled, sliced apples (around 8; Granny Smith or Cortland)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for top of crust
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- splash of water
[When ready, preheat oven to 375º F.]
- In a food processor, using a metal blade, pulse your flour, sugar and salt together.
- Add in cold, cubed butter and pulse.
- Slowly drizzle in ice water, one tablespoon at a time. You should have a coarse, crumbly mixture. (If you don’t have a food processor, combine ingredients in a large bowl, using a pastry blender or a fork.)
- Before the dough has formed a ball, remove the blade and take dough out, bringing it together by hand. Form the dough into a disc and wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. It’s very important to work with cold dough.
- In a large bowl, toss apples in lemon juice, flour, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Once dough is cold, take dough out of plastic wrap and divide in half. Return one half, in plastic wrap, to the fridge.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll your 1/2 of dough out into a circle, 12-14 inches round, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Gently take the corners, lift the dough and transfer it to pie pan. Lightly press sides against the bottom and sides of pan. Trim overhanging dough so that you’re left with 1/2-inch and fold excess under the edge of the pan.
- Take second half of dough from fridge and repeat process of rolling it out to a 12-14-inch circle, 1/4-inch thick.
- Pour apple mixture into pie pan and cover the top of apples with pats of butter.
- In a small bowl, beat your egg yolk and add a splash of water. Brush the edges of pan, covered by the dough, with egg mixture.
- Cover the entire pie with remaining rolled out dough. Pierce holes in the top of dough to allow heat to escape (so there isn’t a steam buildup inside the pie).
- Seal the edges of the pie by fluting the dough (stamping the dough with a fork or your fingers) around the edge of the pie pan.
- Brush egg mixture all over the top of crust and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Recipe adapted from Moms Who Think