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Apple Pie

I remember coming home sullen one day because we'd lost a softball game. Grandma, in her wisdom, suggested, "Maybe a slice of my homemade apple pie will make you feel better." One bite, and Grandma was right. If you want to learn how to make homemade apple pie filling, this is really the only recipe you need. —Maggie Greene, Granite Falls, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg white
  • Additional sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the sugars, flour and spices; set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.
  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim even with edge. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll remaining crust to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in crust.
  • Beat egg white until foamy; brush over crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
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Apple Pie Tips

What are the best apples to use in pies?

In the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, we prefer using Granny Smith for pies because of its tart flavor and ability to hold its shape. If you want something with a little more sweetness, we recommend using Braeburn, Golden Delicious or Jonagold. Learn more about the best apples for apple pie to determine which is the best one for you!

How many apples are in 6 cups?

Typically, 1 medium apple yields 1-1/3 cups sliced. For 6 cups of sliced apples, you will need about 5 medium apples. Plus, you'll have a little left over for a snack or to use in any of these apple recipes!

How do you keep the bottom of a pie from getting soggy?

To avoid a pie bottom from getting soggy, allow the bottom crust to heat more rapidly than the rest of the pie. To do this, place a baking sheet in the oven while preheating and then bake your pie on the pan.

Is it better to bake a pie in glass or metal?

Both metal and glass pie plates work well for baking double-crust pies. But for single-crust pies that are pre-baked, a metal plate is preferred because it heats quicker and ensures a crisp crust. Follow our other pie baking tips in our ultimate pie baking guide!

How do I keep my pie filling from being watery?

To prevent your pie from getting watery, make sure to have your pie crust ready before mixing the filling. The longer the filling sits before baking, the more moisture it will release. Follow these best-kept pie crust secrets so your crust can hold your pie filling nice and strong!
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 414 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • raz
    Aug 5, 2020

    Is there an egg substitute we can use for the egg whites? Also, if we use heaping tablespoons of flour, it will prevent the filling from being too watery right? Just want to confirm.

  • Toya
    Aug 2, 2020

    I have made this pie at least five times and each time I get rave reviews. My grandmother and mother said its the best apple pie they've ever had. I do cook it a little longer to make certain the apples aren't crunchy. Delicious ?? ??

  • Lani
    Jul 26, 2020

    Really yummy, only complaint is that like other people, the pie had soooo much liquid in the bottom. No biggy though, i just poured the liquid out carefully. Next time I would use more flower of cook the apples a bit first. The taste is great though! I used a bit less ginger, just because I was afraid it would be too overpowering, and it turned out good. Will make again.

  • Teresa
    Jul 18, 2020

    Mine came out super liquidity and my apples were still crunchy. I have to bake it again. The flavor was okay.

  • Bobi
    Jul 16, 2020

    Was pretty good but small tart apples! Was awesome! I love it!

  • Florita
    Jun 21, 2020

    This is the first apple pie I've ever mad and is seriously one of THE BEST apple pies I've ever tasted!!! I followed the heaping tablespoon suggestion for the flour but all the other directions as is. I believe I've made another dish better than my mother-in-law and she's been making her pie for well over 50 years. My husband was pleasantly surprised!

  • Janet
    Jun 18, 2020

    OMG, this was an amazing pie. I have made so many things for my family and me, and this was by far their favorite thing I've ever made. I read the reviews before and used heaping tablespoons and it worked out great. I didn't measure out my lemon juice. I honestly just poured whatever the apples needed :D I actually really liked a little bit of that lemon flavor. I would recommend some more some cinnamon, but I really love cinnamon so that's your choice lol. I used a pre-made frozen pie crust, and as you can see, it worked out great. Ovbiously, I had to buy some more to get the top covered. I recommend to not be shy with the egg whites! I brushed all the egg white on the top, and I'm glad I did. I thought about not using all of it, but I did, and got a great pie. All in all, this was the most awesome pie ever! SO glad I found this recipe. <3

  • L
    Jun 9, 2020

    This pie was delicious! It was the first homemade pie I ever made, but the recipe was easy, it included items I usually already have in the kitchen, and it didn't take much time to prep. However, I only had Gala apples which made the pie perfectly sweet, but not too sweet. I didn't have any ginger so I missed out on that intended kick the recipe included. The top layer of my crust was still raw after 25 mins, so I added 13 more minutes...it was then half- undercooked, so I added 10 more minutes and adjusted to 400 degrees. Maybe I had the pie on a rack too low in the oven. All I know that in the end, it was delicious!

  • Jayla
    Jun 5, 2020

    I’m a 14 year old baker and I’ve always wanted to make an apple pie but I always thought it was too hard. I found this recipe and I was astonished by how easy it seemed. This pie came out so well when I made it. My whole family loved it so I already made it twice in the last week! This apple pie recipe is so good and very simple to make. I will definitely continue to make this pie for the rest of my life!

  • t
    May 30, 2020

    i don’t recommend this recipe. The pie had a lot of juice left at the bottom but the pie was still dry. I followed the recipe exactly and it looked good until i tried it. TOO MUCH cinnamon and nutmeg and my apples were still crunchy...