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Easy Apple Pie
Easy Apple Pie is just delicious! It is also really simple to make. I’ve always considered apple pie to be a complicated dish. Because it looks really intricate and time consuming. But it isn’t! Anybody can make this, even someone who doesn’t bake much. That is what makes this recipe wonderful.
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If this tells you how simple it is, I feel completely confident giving the recipe to Nathan, my husband, and letting him make it without any added instructions or reminders to make sure he does something. It is a great beginner recipe, or for those who don’t bake much.
Easy Apple Pie Ingredients
1 box (14.1 oz.) refrigerated pie crusts (I use Pillsbury brand, which has 2 crusts in each box)
4-5 medium sized granny smith apples, peeled and sliced.
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
Vanilla ice cream
Easy Apple Pie Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Allow the pie crusts to sit out and come up to room temperature. I put them on a cookie sheet and left them on the table while I prepared the apples. I did not pay attention to the time, but I know it was 30-60 minutes.
Peel and slice the apples. I sliced them thin, and then cut those in half for bite size pieces, and they cooked perfectly.
In a mixing bowl toss together all of the filling ingredients.This is what makes it so easy! That is it, just toss everything together in a bowl. Can’t get any easier. Lol. I love the mixing bowls I linked to because of the non-slip base, making them perfect for me.
Once I mixed it all together, I let it sit for about 15 minutes. This helps bring out the natural juices in the apples and create that beautiful liquid or sauce in the bowl.
For the baking dishes, instead of using a traditional pie pan, I used two smaller cake pans. The reason for this is that the recipe makes two perfect individual pies with it. I sprayed them with nonstick baking spray with flour in it.
Once I unrolled the pie crust, I used a 9 inch cake pan to cut the crust down into a smaller piece. Flip the cake pan upside down on top of the crust, and cut around the edge. This filled the cake pan I linked to above perfectly, with just a bit left on the top. Don’t worry about that, because it can be folded over once the filling is in and that helps keep everything inside.
I kept the pie crust remnants. Do not discard this because it is perfect for making the lattice top. I cut 6 strips from this and layered them on the top of the pie. Once the lattice is complete, using a basting brush to brush the top with an egg wash. That is followed by sprinkling with some sugar.
Brushing with the egg wash (just beat an egg really well) and sprinkling with sugar will create that gorgeous crispy crust and beautiful caramalization on the top. That is the finishing touch to a perfect pie, in my opinion!
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Baking at 375 meant that I could bake uncovered and didn’t have to worry about the top or the edges burning.
Once they are out of the oven, leave them in the cake pans to rest and cool for at least 15 minutes before touching. Once they are cooled to the touch (the inside is still warm and gooey), remove them from the cake pans and transfer to a plate.
Nathan was in charge of this portion of the process. He ran a brownie spatula around the edges to make sure they weren’t sticking to the sides first. Nathan said, if it spins in the pan, it’ll come out. He wasn’t happy with the job the pie server was doing, and specifically went for the brownie spatula.
Once I transferred the pies to a plate, I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and serve! This is perfect because the pie is still warm in the center and the ice cream melts into it.
I loved creating this recipe the way I did because it created smaller versions of the pie, and it was perfect for 2-4 people. The pie can be cut in half. Or just served as two individual pies as well. There are options for serving size! These were also less messy than traditional sliced pie, and that was my favorite part, personally.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Nathan thoroughly enjoyed this last night. Due to his excitement, I have a feeling he’ll be asking for it more often now.
Have you made this easy apple pie recipe before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Check out my other dessert recipes!
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