This pie is so delicious and very easy! I’ll give you a picture tutorial on making your own crust as well. When I started baking, I was so thankful when someone showed me how to make my own pie crusts, so I wanted to share that with all of you as well! I made this for my husband (then boyfriend) for the first birthday of his that we were together and he was mighty pleased!
- 3 red apples (I like fuji, honeycrisp, gala, whatever floats your boat really)
- 2 granny smith apples
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- dash of salt
I think apple pies are traditionally done with all granny smith apples but the result is way too tart for me and using only red apples was too sweet so that’s why I do a combination of apples. It’s really whatever you prefer though. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl thoroughly. Then peel and cube your apples and put them in the bowl and mix them up. Add the juice of half of a lime to prevent the apples from browning. I’m embarrassingly slow at peeling and chopping up apples (Seriously it took me about 30 minutes to do 5 apples. I know lame!) Coat the apples in the dry mix and let them sit. The sugar will start extracting juice from the apples, which is what helps make your filling so very delicious!
Let this sit and start working on the crust.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup Crisco
- cold water
Mix the flour and salt together and then cut in the Crisco.
As you can see in the picture I used a pastry cutter, but you can always use a fork as well.
Next, make a well in the middle and add about 1/4 + 1/8 cup of cold water. (I usually don’t measure because it’s more about the consistency of the dough) Mix the water in with a fork until its all combined. Try to touch it as little as possible because too much heat from your hands is what makes a tough crust. You will have to mix it up a bit with your hands because the fork isn’t going to combine all the water and flour/Crisco mix together, but just keep that last bit in mind.
Now you should have a ball of dough that looks about like this when you’re done. Adjust with flour or water as needed. Flour your counter and then split the ball of dough in half with one half having a bit more than the other. Pat it into a circle like shape (don’t touch it too much!) Roll the slightly bigger ball of dough out, being sure to keep plenty of flour on it to keep it from sticking to your rolling pin or the counter.
To put the crust in your pie plate, roll it onto your rolling pin like this.
Then pick it up and unroll it into your pie plate. Cut away any excess crust around the edge. Leave about a half inch extra. Now if you are making a crust for a no-bake pie, you can go ahead and bake the crust. Poke holes in the bottom and bake at 325 F until it’s done.
Put your filling in the pie plate and then put about five dollops of butter in it.
Roll your second dough ball out the same way as the first. Then roll it onto your rolling pin and put it on the pie in the same way as you did the first time. Cut away any excess dough around the edge. Roll the top dough under the bottom dough half.
To get that traditional pie crust look, take your pointer and create a V with your pointer and thumb and push them against the dough. With the thumb of your other hand push the dough into the V you made. (I don’t if any of that made sense which is why I have these pictures!)
Cut slits into the top of your crust for it to vent. You can top it with cinnamon if you like. Take 2 inch wide strips of foil and form them around the edge of the crust so that it doesn’t burn. You can buy those fancy-schmancy ones they sell at Bed Bath and Beyond but foil works just as well. Bake at 425 F for 30-40 minutes until you see the filling bubbling up through the slits. Then remove the foil strips and bake for about 5-7 minutes more until the crust has cooked through.
And there you have it folks. Your very own completely homemade just-like-grandma-used-to-do-it apple pie! I have to thank my wonderful husband for helping me get all these pictures! He really didn’t mind too much though because he got pie out of the deal. Enjoy y’all!