You may have heard the expression, ‘as easy as apple pie’. But is apple pie actually easy to make? It is when you follow this delicious recipe. Our recipe starts with a premade pie crust. Then, just mix all the ingredients and fill the crust for a great dessert. If you feel that you want to go more from scratch and make your own crust recipe, this filling will still fit in wonderfully!
Now, of course, many of you might be skeptical that a pie that is easy to make won’t taste nearly as good. And while it’s true that some may prefer a homemade crust, we checked off all the other boxes to make sure our dessert was delicious. In addition, there is an old saying in cooking and baking that overcomplicating a recipe isn't going to make it better. Plus with flavors as strong as green apples and brown sugar, you want to highlight the sweet and tart mixture.
Experts say that cinnamon offers the perfect flavoring for an apple pie, but too much is overwhelming. It should be balanced with nutmeg for best results. Well, our recipe contains both nutmeg and cinnamon giving it the ideal combination.
Apple pies can also be overly juicy. You can prevent this from happening by using the right amount of flour. We found the recommended ¼ cup in our recipe was just perfect. Humanity and altitude will affect baking times and juiciness, so if you feel that your pie is too juicy or too dry adjust the amount of flour accordingly and be sure to make a note of it.
You want apples to be firm in texture and medium-sweet in taste. The firm texture will keep it from coming out too mushy after it is cooked.
The taste of an apple will break down a bit when it is cooked. But apples that are exceptionally tart will not break down enough. That’s why a medium-sweet taste will be perfect.
We find the best apples for pies are Jonathan, Winesap, Jonagold, and Pippin.
Now that you know you have everything necessary to make a delicious apple pie, you can feel confident that this will turn out just as good as it would if you spent hours slaving in the kitchen.
Serve with a whipped cream topping or some creamy vanilla ice cream and see how their eyes light up when they get a forkful of this delectable dessert.
Old Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe
2 9-inch pie crusts (one for the top crust, one for the bottom crust)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of salt
2 Tablespoons butter
6 cups (about 5 medium) peeled, cored, thickly sliced apples
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and salt.
3. Cut each of the apple slices in half. Stir the apples into the sugar mixture.
4. Place into pie crust, and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, and slit evenly to let steam escape. Seal the top crust to the bottom by pinching the edges together.
5. Cover the edge of the crust with a three-inch strip of aluminum foil.
6. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through the top.
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