How to Make Apple Pie From Scratch

Overview

Making an apple pie from scratch might sound like a complicated task, but even novice cooks can throw together a homemade apple pie and have it in the oven baking in less than 30 minutes. Fuji and Braeburn apples are great to use in a pie, as they hold their shape well and give a tart kick to the pie. Stay away from McIntosh apples, which become too mushy and don't hold their flavor well in a pie.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare the crust and the filling for the apple pie while the oven is reaching baking temperature.

Step 2

Use your hands to mix the four crust ingredients in a bowl until completely blended. Do not overwork the dough. Divide it into two sections and roll them into circular shapes that will fit the pie plate.

Step 3

Take one section of the dough and press it into the pie plate. Sprinkle the apple cubes over the bottom crust. They might make a mound that seems too big, but remember that they will cook down a lot in the oven.

Step 4

Mix together the honey, lemon juice, cinnamon and butter and pour it over the apples, coating everything as evenly as possible.

Step 5

Cover the pie with the second crust and cut vents into tho top with a small knife. Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes. The pie will be done when the apples are tender and the top crust is light brown.

Step 6

Allow the pie to cool for at least 30 minutes. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

Tips and Warnings

  • Put your pie in the center of the oven or the top crust may cook too quickly and burn before the filling is finished cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Filling:
  • 6 cups apples, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Spoon
  • Pie plate
  • Oven
  • Knife

References

  • Apple Source: Apple Pie Recipe
  • CD Kitchen: Homemade Apple Pie from Scratch

Who Can Help

  • How to Cook Like Your Grandmother
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