Easy Apple Pie

Sharing is caring!

This classic apple pie is quick and easy–and uses half the butter than traditional apple pies. Use scratch-made or frozen pie crusts for a delicious dessert that will quickly be a family tradition.

Apple pie is not only the quintessential American dessert, it’s also one of my family’s favorites. Every year, for Thanksgiving, I make a homemade apple pie. 

This year, I’ve adjusted my recipe to use less butter. And the results are great! Usually, I use a whole stick of butter. However, using half of a stick was just as delicious, so I’ve formally adjusted my apple pie recipe to use less butter.

Tips for Making Homemade Apple Pie

Use frozen or scratch-made pie crust: I’ve been on a scratch-made journey this year. So generally, I’ve been trying to serve only homemade food. But I’ve actually (at the time of writing this) never made a pie crust! As such, this recipe calls for two frozen pie crusts, but you can definitely use scratch-made if you prefer.

Pick your apples: most apple pie recipes call for tart apples like Granny Smith. However, I always encourage using what is local, seasonal, and affordable. Just like in my dehydrated apples recipe, for this pie, I like to use a blend of apple varieties. 

Make sure your dough is thaw and cold: A cold dough will yield a flakier crust. Plus, it will also hold your pinched or crimped edges better.

Tools You May Need

  • Knife
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Large Bowl
  • Fruit Fresh
  • Heavy-Bottomed Sauce Pot
  • Cookie Sheet

Ingredients

  • 8 small apples, or as needed
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 frozen pie crusts – thawed (or scratch-made if you prefer)

How to Make an Easy, Classic Apple Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Wash, peel, and slice the apples. To prevent browning, you can place the sliced apples in a bowl of water and Fruit Fresh.
  3. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Add the flour and stir. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add both sugars and water to the butter and flour mixture. Continuously stir until combined and sugar is dissolved.
  5. Mound the apples in one pie crust.
  6. Gently pour the warm butter-sugar mixture over the apples.
  7. Top the pie with the second crust. Pinch the seams together. With a sharp knife, slice an X into the center of the top crust.
  8. Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drip. Bake for 15 minutes at 425. Then, reduce heat and bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and apples are soft.

Easy Apple Pie

This classic apple pie is quick and easy–and uses half the butter than traditional apple pies. Use scratch-made or frozen pie crusts for a delicious dessert that will quickly be a family tradition.
Print Recipe
Slice of apple pie
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 small apples or as needed
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 frozen pie crusts – thawed or scratch-made if you prefer

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F
  • Wash, peel, and slice the apples. To prevent browning, you can place the sliced apples in a bowl of water and Fruit Fresh.
  • Over medium heat, melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Add the flour and stir. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add both sugars and water to the butter and flour mixture. Continuously stir until combined and sugar is dissolved.
  • Mound the apples in one pie crust.
  • Gently pour the warm butter-sugar mixture over the apples.
  • Top the pie with the second crust. Pinch the seams together. With a sharp knife, slice an X into the center of the top crust.
  • Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drip. Bake for 15 minutes at 425. Then, reduce heat and bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and apples are soft.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • This can be made with 1 stick of butter if you prefer a richer pie.
  • Scratch-made pie crust is a great option! Feel free to use whatever method works for you.
  • Granny Smith apples are a classic in apple pie. But I often prefer a variety of apples in my pie. Use whatever is in season and affordable.
  • Serve with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. Or enjoy with a cup of coffee for a decadent breakfast.
Servings: 8

related posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating