Simply Perfect Apple Pie

How to Make a Perfect Apple Pie | Baking a Moment

Everything you could ever want in an Apple Pie!  Buttery, Flaky Crust, Tart and Juicy Apples, and Sweet, Warm Holiday Spice.  It’s Simply Perfect!

Last time we hung out, I promised you guys a really great recipe for a basic apple pie.

This is it!  THE Most Perfect-est Apple Pie in all the Land.  Or, at the very least, my house.  ;)

How to Make Perfect Apple Pie | Baking a Moment

You’d think that my kids must be in sugar heaven every day, with all the sweet goodies that come out of our kitchen on a daily basis.  You’d be wrong, ha!  The truth is, there are very few things I bake that they will actually eat.  I know!  They are crazy.  I’m blaming it on their ages (4 and 6), because I know that little little kids are notoriously picky, and I’m already starting to see the older one start to open his mind to new flavor possibilities.

This pie is his favorite dessert that I make.  On the day it came out of our oven, he ate three thick slices of it in one sitting.

I can’t blame the kid for loving it.  The apples are just barely soft, but still have a little bite to them, and they are a little tart yet slightly sweet, and the spice is just enough to give that unmistakably fall flavor, without masking the natural appleyness of it all.  It’s uber-appley.  It’s stuffed to maximum capacity with apples.  It towers.  You might even wonder how you will fit all these apples in!

It all starts with my Simply Perfect Pie Crust.  If you are afraid of making your own pie crust, I urge you to read this post.  I was so scared of pie crust for the longest time, until I discovered this method.  It’s pretty much foolproof.  Between the combination of fats, the thinly sliced butter, and the folding and chilling process, it yields the tenderest, butteriest, flakiest result every time.  I am very picky about pie crust, and, IMHO, if it’s not flaky, it’s a fail.  Simply Perfect Pie Crust is so flaky you could almost mistake it for puff pastry!

Once you’ve got your pie crust in the plate, pop it in the fridge to chill while you whip up the apple pie filling.  I like to use Granny Smith apples.  They have a nice firm texture that holds up well for long bake times, and the flavor is pleasingly tart.  I peel them, quarter them, and cut out the core like this:

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Then I slice them about 1/4 inch thick, and throw them into the bowl.  You’re going to want to use your biggest bowl for this pie filling!  It takes 12 apples to make this pie.  That’s right, 12 apples!

How to Make a Perfect Apple Pie | Baking a Moment

Once your done peeling, coring and slicing, just sprinkle the apples with some sugar, spices, and a little flour.  The flour will help to thicken the juices that the apples give off during baking.  Nobody wants a watery pie, right?

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Toss it all together so every apple slice is coated with sugar and spicy goodness, and then get it into that nice, cold, pie shell.  You’re going to want to do this carefully.  Use your hands to settle the apples in.  They’ll stack on one another in layers and fit together like a puzzle.  If there are a lot of empty spaces between your apple slices, then you might not be able to fit them all in.  Work carefully to pile it all in an even mound, dot with butter, and then put the whole thing in the fridge to keep cold while you roll out the top crust.

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The top crust forms a blanket over the mountain of juicy apples.  Trim off any excess (you’ll want about an inch overhang), and then roll the bottom and top crusts under and crimp the edge.  It looks pretty, and it helps to keep the juices in!  Use a sharp knife or kitchen shears to make some vents in the top so the steam can escape, brush with egg wash for shine and golden color, and chill again!  You want the crust to be nice and cold when it hits the hot oven, so the butter creates steam and puffs up those flaky layers.

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The pie will bake for an hour and 15 minutes.  It seems like a long time but this pie is a monster.  Remember, 12 apples!  This baby’s got thermal mass.

How to Make a Perfect Apple Pie | Baking a Moment

PS- Your whole house is going to smell amazing!  My hubby could smell it from the driveway when he came home from work.

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Simply Perfect Apple Pie

Simply Perfect Apple Pie

Everything you could ever want in an Apple Pie! Buttery, Flaky Crust, Tart and Juicy Apples, and Sweet, Warm Holiday Spice. It's Simply Perfect!


  • 12 Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 disks Simply Perfect Pie Crust dough, cold
  • egg wash (one egg beaten with a tablespoon of cold water)


  1. Roll out one of the disks of pie dough to about 14 inches in diameter. Place the dough in the bottom of an ungreased 10 inch pie plate, and refrigerate.
  2. Place the apples, sugar, flour, spices, and salt in a large bowl and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Fill the chilled pie shell with the apple mixture, working carefully to mound the apples evenly and with as few empty spaces between apple slices as possible.
  4. Dot with butter and refrigerate.
  5. Roll out the second disk of pie dough, large enough to overhang the sides of the pie by at least an inch. Drape the dough over the pie, pressing lightly to conform to the shape of the apples.
  6. Trim off any excess dough, leaving about a one inch margin all around the pie.
  7. Roll the top and bottom crusts under, around the perimeter of the pie, and crimp.
  8. Cut steam vents in the top crust with a sharp knife or kitchen shears, and brush with egg wash.
  9. Refrigerate the pie for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  11. Bake the pie for 1 hour + 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden, the juices are bubbling, and the apples are softened but still a little firm (not mushy).
  12. Cool the pie for at least an 1 1/2 hours before cutting.

How to Make a Perfect Apple Pie | Baking a Moment

It’s basic but it’s “good old fashioned.” And nothing says love like a homemade pie.  You can make the crust ahead, and freeze it, then fill and bake it the morning of.  It rewarms nicely in the oven.  If you don’t end up baking it ahead, just be sure to give it lots of time to cool before you slice into it.  That way the juices have a chance to thicken up and the pie will hold it’s shape when you cut into it.

Your family’s going to want you to bring this to every holiday feast from here on out.

How to Make a Perfect Apple Pie | Baking a Moment

It’s everything anyone could ever want from an apple pie.  Flaky, buttery crust, tart, juicy apples, and a hint of warm holiday spice.  With whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s iconic.  Add a drizzle of salted caramel sauce, and it’s epic!

PS- If you are looking to stock your recipe box with some really stellar basic recipes, you came to the right place! I’ve been baking for, ahem, 20-some odd years, cough-cough, so I’ve played with lots of recipes. Check out these other recipes from my “Simply Perfect” series (just click the pic to view the recipe):

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Hi! I'm Allie, and when I find myself with a few free moments, I head straight for my kitchen! I love to bake, and I especially love pastry and desserts.

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  1. I am at a loss for words here. You’ve taken such care with every ingredient and step that this pie is more than *simply* perfect. It is utterly perfect. I have never been great at pies, so have always been a little scared of making them, but just seeing how you break down each step makes the whole process so much less intimidating. Thank you so much, Allie! I can’t wait to give this a try :)
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    • Wow, Nora! Thank you so very much for your sweet comment! Pies can be scary, I agree, but practice makes perfect and I tried and tried until I got the result I was after. I really hope that the hours I put into learning can help give you a great result! Thanks so much for always being one of my biggest cheerleaders :)

  2. This pie looks incredible Allie! So true, nothing says love more than a homemade pie. Hehe, I can just imagine how amazing this smelled baking up in the oven – your hubby must have dashed into the house after a whiff of this magnificent pie :) Thanks for sharing all the great tips and step-by-step photos, this truly sounds like the perfect apple pie! Pinning :)
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  3. Wow! This Apple Pie is amazing! I have never seen apple pies that look so gourmet! Your family is very lucky! I will definitely make a gluten free version of this for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing!
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  4. No wonder why this is your kid’s favorite dessert! It would be mine as well, since it looks terrific! 12 apples??? That’s fabulous, I love apple desserts which actually taste of apples instead of tons of sugar! This baby is going straight to my list, it sounds so awesome ;)
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  5. Wow, look at that flaky crust! PERFECT apple pie!!!

  6. Now that is a perfect apple pie! It looks so full and flaky, just how I love it. Thanks for sharing, Allie!
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  7. Wow. Just wow. I am blown away by this pie. It is gorgeous! And you captured it’s gorgeousness so well with these stunning pictures. Man would I love me a slice of this…or two!
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  8. Oh my Allie!! This is beyond simply perfect. It’s mind blowing. I love the detailed instructions for the recipe and the care in making this the perfect pie filled with love and tender apples! I LOL when I read this : This baby’s got thermal mass! I cannot agree more. I love your styling very much as well. I don’t know how you make brown shine so well :)
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    • Ha ha, only a fellow blogger could understand how hard brown on brown can be! You are so right and I did struggle with that. I’m so happy you like the post. I’ve been making apple pie this way for a long time, and my family loves it! Just had to share what I’ve learned over the years. <3

  9. Hmmmm sounds delicious Allie, I like how the apples stay crisp within the pie, nobody want’s mushy apples now do they!
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    • I don’t know, my hubby likes mushy but I don’t get that. Go eat some applesauce if that’s what you want! I like to know I’m eating apples, personally. Oh well, it didn’t stop him from devouring a slice or two ;)

  10. Allie, this looks absolutely gorgeous! I do not blame your boy for eating 3 slices in one sitting–I’d vote to eat the entire pie :)
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  11. Wow — now THIS is a pie! Love that this pie is so very full of apples. And your crust looks perfectly lovely — golden, flaky, and crispy, just like pastry should be!
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    • Thank you so much, Jamie! It’s all about the apples for me, I try to stuff as many in there as it’ll hold! I’m so happy you liked the post, thanks for reading and for the sweet comment! Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Allie, this is seriously the mother of all pies. 12 apples?! I love it! I’ve never made an apple pie before, crazy right? Now that I’m getting over my fear of making the crust, I have to try this. I doubt mine will look as lovely as yours – that’s a perfect pie crust you have there! I especially love that your hubs could smell the pie from the driveway. If I were your neighbour, I’d be following my nose to your food all the time.
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    • Ha ha, thanks Nancy! My neighbors don’t mind too much at all especially since I give them food all the time! But this one was devoured before I even had a chance… So happy you liked the post and thanks for the awesome comment! :)

  13. I’m so excited about this simply perfect apple pie! I would love to try it with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a large spoonful of caramel sauce drizzled on top, although I’m sure it’s delicious just on its own. My stomach is seriously growling at the thought of such combo. Simply delicious!
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  14. Wow, Allie, I’ve never seen such a beautiful pie! Your photography, your finished product – it’s all totally scrumptious. The name is right – simply perfect!
    I’m not much of a baker but you’ve inspired me to give this a try.
    Have a great weekend. Found you at Show Stopper Saturday and I’m a new follower.
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  15. Your pie looks BEAUTIFUL!!!! The crust looks amazing, baked to PERFECTION!!!
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  16. OMG! This pie is the perfect excuse to use the pie bird I bought just because it was on sale! :D So beautiful and yummy!
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  17. Tried it- its amazing! So delicious…mmmmmm.

  18. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious Apple Pie!!!! I made it yesterday! (It was my first time making an apple pie) The crust was really good! I set up the oven at 425 degrees but unfortunately the apples turned out really really mushy for me :( I don’t know what happened? I followed every single step! Maybe because my oven is new? Who knows.. Anyway I won’t give up! I will try again… If you have any advise that would be great! Thank you so much again :)

    • Hey Stephanie! I’m so sorry your apples were mushy! :( Mine always come out really snappy…??? Did you use granny smith apples? They are so great for baking because they’re firm… Other than that I’m not really sure… I suppose it could be the oven? If you try it again maybe just decrease the bake time. You could stick a knife through one of the steam vents to gauge how the apples are doing. The crust usually only takes around 25 minutes to brown and crisp up, and any time over and above that is just to get the apples cooked. So, as soon as you feel they are where you want them to be, you could take the pie out and let it start to cool down. I hope that helps! And thank you so much for reading my blog and trying one of my recipes :D


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