Easy Apple Pie

Easy Apple Pie

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.

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

One of my favorite aspects of this recipe is the simplicity of the ingredients! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t keep these ingredients in their pantry.
I use these pie crusts in many different recipes, and freeze them if necessary as well.

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!

Once the pie is filled, just fold the edges of the crust down before making the lattice pieces.
The crust has been brushed with egg wash and sprinkled with sugar. It is ready to go in the oven and cook until it is golden brown and delicious!

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.

Apple pie is ready to be served! Topped with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream, it is perfect!

Discussion

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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21 thoughts on “Easy Apple Pie”

  1. There is nothing better than a good apple pie right out of the oven. The scoop of ice cream on top is the key in my opinion. I swear I read your posts at the most in opportune times when I am starving. Now I want apple pie. This looks easy enough that even I can make it.

    1. The Prepping Wife

      You can totally make this, Scott! If you double the recipe, you could make it for Diane and the girls when they’re all home. Have four perfect pies and show off. This is a guaranteed way to impress them!

  2. I love the convenience of Pillsbury crusts (although I often use the store brand ones). They really save a lot of time. I love how your version uses a cake pan—many people don’t own pie pans so this is a great alternative.

  3. I have to confess…I’d rather have a cherry pie over an apple pie 😬. I know…it’s so un-American! But my husband LOVES apple pie and I love him 😉. I’m going to have to surprise him with this recipe soon!

    1. The Prepping Wife

      This recipe and the pans I use are the perfect size for you, Rachele! It’ll give your husband two perfect mini pies to enjoy. What a great way to surprise him 😀

  4. Fran Jorgensen

    Apple pie is by far my favourite treat for autumn! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe! I can’t wait to give it a go this afternoon!

  5. Lindsay Brown

    O.M.G this looks friggin ahhhmazing! Like you, I love the simplicity of this recipe. One, because I’m lazy and avoid extra work at all costs. And two, more importantly, I am a firm believer that some of the best dishes are those which highlight the natural flavours of the dish without having to add a whole shwackload of ingredients and additives.

    I think apple pie is on the menu tonight for dinner, thanks for the great recipe!!

    1. The Prepping Wife

      Limited ingredient recipes can definitely be the best, Lindsay! I am a big fan of those as well.

  6. Oh. My. Goodness! You make my mouth water when I read your posts. The pictures just out of my laptop and assault my taste buds vicariously. Apple pie with ice cream on top… Absolutely the best!

  7. you have made my favorite dessert. Apple pie with vanilla ice cream. It is best when it is warm and the dough is crisp and the warm apple and cold ice cream hits your mouth. This is an amazing decadent dessert. You have done justice with all the ingredients and the methods. Rock on. Thanks for this

  8. Subhashish Roy

    It’s just yummy. I don’t love apples so much but I just love apple pies. Your recipes are each better than the other and when I see the dishes I start craving. Love this one too 😊

  9. I love apple pie, as a New Englander apple pie makes my heart happy. I can definitely do this recipe with my little sister, sounds super simple

  10. Oh, I want apple pie now. This just looks delicious. My husband brought home some cooking apples last week and we haven’t used them yet. I guess your recipe will be getting used later.

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