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German Apple Pie Recipe

German Apple Pie Recipe

I live in a big apple-producing state, so I think this recipe represents our region well. I tasted this pie many years ago when my children's babysitter made it. I asked for the recipe and have made it many times since.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in the shortening until crumbly. Add vanilla. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of pie plate; flute edges.
  • 2. For filling, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle 3 tablespoons into crust. Layer with half of the apples; sprinkle with half of the remaining sugar mixture. Repeat layers. Pour cream over all.
  • 3. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° bake for 55-60 minutes or until apples are tender. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 459 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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rosetyler18 User ID: 8661460 239371
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"I might not eat alot of pies, but this is one of the best pies I have ever tasted in my entire life"

khegeman User ID: 2379383 221836
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"I don't like many fruit pies, but I love this pie. This has become my families favorite apple pie."

cathydec User ID: 1731031 12939
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"great taste"

apowlst User ID: 1392578 13899
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"This is the easiest apple pie I have ever made, fabulous each time, very moist. Never fail recipe"

maryanlibrarian User ID: 1316154 13146
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Creamy and delicious! I was a little unsure about this but it is my husband's favorite apple pie now!"

brodie123 User ID: 2850726 7043
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This pie was creamy and very tasty. Don't fill too full or it will bubble over and cream will burn on edges of crust."

sspillett User ID: 2718735 7033
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Pie is very good took it to a block party and it was a hit. It is now my favorite apple pie recipe."

Corrydon User ID: 5737167 38370
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Oh boy, this is GOOD! Used my own pie crust: 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup shortening, 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar (mixed with the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract) and 1-2 Tablespoons cold water. ( The liquid amount changes with the weather and today I didn't need any water at all. Once I add the vinegar mixture I mix it with a fork then add additional water only if it doesn't hold together.) After that I followed the recipe exactly (took only 3 apples to make 6 cups) and baked it an additional 5 minutes - 10 at 400° and 65 at 350°. Perfect!"

crazeecook User ID: 1025992 38368
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I have made a version of this recipe many, many times for a restaurant I used to bake for. It was a favorite dessert there. I just used my regular pie crust and increased the flour to about 1/3 cup. Great recipe!!"

Cincity57 User ID: 5233551 7026
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"This was my first time making a pie ever and it came out pretty good :)"

mwillford User ID: 2614019 20309
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I am not an apple pie fan, at all. I only use pie filling in a pork chop recipe! I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try. Amazing! This is officially the only apple pie recipe I eat or make! My family is a huge fan, as is anyone I bake it for. Highly recommend."

lonestarmama User ID: 5277989 46396
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I modified the recipe a bit - I added a tiny bit more ice water and about half a teaspoon extra vanilla to the dough, and used equal parts cinnamon, cinnamon sugar and apple pie spice instead of just plain cinnamon.

The result was great. I had company for dinner, and they asked to take the rest of the pie home to share with family members who couldn't make it. I'll definitely be making this again."

kellyngman User ID: 1438266 39714
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"This is such a good recipe! I love the creamy filling that goes with the apples! I made this for Christmas and everyone raved about it."

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