Apple Pie

by Erin

It’s hard to beat a classic double crust fresh apple pie. Use your favorite baking apples and follow my family’s tricks to the perfect apple pie!

Slice of Fresh Apple Pie a la mode.
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My dad is not only the master of pancakes, but also of pies. So today I am sharing with you his apple pie, complete with his little tips for getting the crust just right!

Brushing the bottom crust with a little egg helps it not get too soggy from all the apples, brushing the top crust with milk helps it to not dry out and burn, and then the use of cornstarch instead of flour helps the filling set and prevents it from flowing out like hot lava.

By the time I first posted this recipe, I had actually been sitting on this recipe for awhile (we made this together during the winter holidays), but thankfully pictures don’t grow mold or turn stale. In fact, looking at this picture makes me want to whip up a fresh pie. After all, apple pies can be appreciated year round.

Classic Double Crust Apple Pie.

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And finally, turn leftover pie into Ice Cream.

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Slice of Fresh Apple Pie a la mode.


Yield: 1 pie Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 pie crusts (for a 9-inch deep dish pan)
  • 3 lb. favorite baking apples, peeled, cored and uniformly 1/4-inch sliced  (I used a peeler/corer/slicer)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten, for brushing the bottom crust
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, diced
  • Milk, for brushing the top crust
  • Sugar and cinnamon, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine the apples, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Give everything a toss and let stand for 15 minutes, stirring a few times.
  3. Meanwhile roll out your pie crusts. Fit one into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan and brush the bottom with beaten egg.
  4. Fill the crust with the apple mixture. Scatter the butter over the top of the apples. Cover the top with the second crust and gently fold the overhang underneath the bottom crust so that the overhang is now between the pie pan and the bottom crust, creating a good seal. Make a decorative edge, if you like.
  5. Lightly brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cut a few slits in the top to let steam escape.
  6. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Cover the edges of the pie with foil or a pie crust shield. Bake the pie for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake another 30-45 minutes, until the crust is richly browned and the filling has begun to bubble.
  7. Cool completely on a cooling rack, 3-4 hours, before slicing and serving.
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Apple Pie

Post updated 9/28/2023, photo above is the originals

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 21, 2013 - 8:54 pm

This looks delicious! I really, really want apple pie right now!

Kim - Liv Life April 18, 2013 - 12:18 am

Apple Pie… my all time favorite dessert!!! When I was little I always asked for Apple Pie for my summer birthday party. My sister never liked it though.
Haven’t made one it quite some time, but you have started a craving!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 17, 2013 - 12:40 pm

That’s so nice that you got your dad’s help! Those tips sound great!

Mr. & Mrs. P April 17, 2013 - 11:29 am

Nothing can be better than a warm apple pie with cold vanilla ice cream.. Such a great combination…

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 17, 2013 - 8:43 am

This is actually my all-time favorite dessert! There is just nuthin’ better than an honest to goodness, buttery, flaky apple pie. Yours is perfection, Erin!

Tracey April 17, 2013 - 7:04 am

If I had to pick one dessert I could eat day in and day out, it’d be apple pie. It’s just the best, especially with a big scoop of ice cream on top! Can’t wait to try your dad’s recipe :)


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