How To Make An Apple Pie From Scratch

First of all… You need to find “the perfect” pie crust recipe.  My favorite is the one I found in The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.  I’ve been using the recipe for years… and I’ve never been disappointed with it.  Not once.

I’m a big fan of the “crusty-ness”  factor in cookbooks… chances are… the more watermarks and leftover bits on a recipe page… the better.  It’s the tried and true sign of a favored recipe.

Basically to make a double pie crust you’ll need 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 cup of shorting, and 5+ tablespoons of water.

I let the Kitchen Aid Mixer do all the work for me…

When your dough is combined… divide it up in to 2 balls and flatten…

Like this…

Wrap in plastic wrap…and place in the fridge.

The dough needs to chill out in the refrigerator for about 2 hours… While you’re waiting go ahead and peel your tart apples.

I prefer Granny Smith Apples myself… Typically I’ll use 6 large ones or maybe 9 of the smaller lunch sized apples.

Combine your sliced apples with 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 3 slices of butter.

Then once your apple mixture is ready to go… Set it aside and roll out your dough.

Be sure and flour your work surface first…

And don’t worry if it’s not a perfect circle…

The more rustic… the better… in my opinion.

Fill the pie shell with the apple mixture…

Roll out flattened dough ball #2 and lay it on top of the apple mixture… crimp the edges… and make a few air holes on top.

Mix together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water to create an “Egg Wash” and brush it over the entire top of the pie…

Sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top…

And bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes… or until the center juices are bubbling and the top is a nice golden brown…

Cool on a wire rack for about an hour or two…

And serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream.


Here’s the *bling* I used for the Apple Pie:

KitchenAid Classic Plus Tilt-Head 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White

Le Creuset Silicone Super Spatula, Cherry

Emile Henry Artisan Ruffled Pie Dish

Kuhn Rikon 4-Inch Nonstick Colori Paring Knife, Green 

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  1. Kathy says

    Your recipe is almost exactly like mine, except I do not add the butter. What does adding the butter do to the apples?

  2. Carol says

    Your recipe has been my constant Apple Pie recipe! Love it everytime with vanilla ice cream! Thank you for sharing. :)

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