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Homemade Apple Pie Recipe (With Photos!)
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Tim's Head Homemade Apple Pie
October 22, 2005
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As as easy as it is to make homemade apple pie I still wonder why people buy a can of filling off the shelf.. It's easy to make, and the ingredients are pretty simple. The pie crust [click here for pie crust recipe] is the only real work.

This recipe cost a little more to make since I used mostly organic ingredients and apples. It can probably be made quite a bit cheaper if you buy your ingredients at your local chain supermarket.


2 lbs of Apples
1 whole Lemon
2/3 cups Granulated Sugar
½ cup Light Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
3 tbsp Flour
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 dash Nutmeg
1 dash Allspice
2 tbsp Butter
2 Pie Crusts

Cost to Make ($7.40 per Pie):

$5.53    Organic Apples
33¢    Whole Lemon
13¢    Granulated Sugar
25¢    Light Brown Sugar
2¢    All-Purpose Flour
2¢    Ground Cinnamon
3¢    Nutmeg
3¢    Allspice
14¢    Butter (¼ of stick, 4 for $2.26)
92¢    Pie Crust [click here for recipe]

Basic Apple Pie Filling Instructions:
  1. Peel and cut apples into ¼ inch slices.
  2. Drizzle 1 - 2 ounces of lemon juice over apple slices in a bowl and toss to mix.
  3. Combine granulated sugar, light brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
  4. Pour mixture over the apple slices and toss to mix.
  5. Dump apple mixture into pie crust in a 9 inch pie pan.
  6. Cut 2 ounces of butter (¼ of a stick) into small chunks and add to pie filling.
  7. Cover the pie with the top crust and crimp or flute edges, then make some small cuts in top.
  8. Bake at 425° for 40 minutes, until golden brown and filling bubbles out a little.
Now onto the pictures for the rest! Woo.
apple pie ingredients
Our basic ingredients are apples, white and light brown sugar, a small amount of flour, a lemon, butter, and some ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
I also added several drops (not too much) of vanilla over the filling before covering with the top crust.
chopped up apples
Peel the skin off the apples, quarter, cut out the core and stems, and slice into ¼ inch slices.
mix filling ingredients
Combine the 2/3 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup light brown sugar, 3 tbsp flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, dash of nutmeg and allspice in a bowl. Stir it up well, then put it in the mixing cup for use shortly.
coat apples with lemon juice
Put the apple slices into a mixing bowl and drizzle the 1 - 2 tbsp of lemon juice over them. Then toss to coat the slices.
Note: I used a fresh lemon for this (watch the seeds!), but you could use lemon juice you can buy in those little lemon shaped bottles too..
add filling mixture to apples
Now add the sugar, flour, spice mixture to the apple slices. Sprinkle it over them and toss a bit again so all of the apple slices are coated well.
apple pie filling ready to fill with
You can see here that all of the apple slices are coated with the sugar mixture.. mMmm.
filled pie crust
Add the sugared up apple slices to the pie crust in a 9 inch pie pan.
add chunks of butter
Cut 2 tbsp of butter (¼ of a stick) into chunks and place them around on the top of the filling.
apple pie covered with top crust
Finally cover the pie with the top crust and crimp or flute the edges so it's closed up nice. Also remember to cut some small slices in the top for venting (Don't forget this step!).
banking the pie
Place the pie in the center of your pre-heated oven and bake at 425° for 40 minutes. Peek in on it 5 or 10 minutes before the end, it should be golden brown when done.
Note 1: It's a good idea to place a cookie sheet or sheet pan on another rack below the pie to catch any sugar mixture/syrup that may drip down. This is a common thing, so use a sheet pan if you have one so you won't have to clean the bottom of your oven tomorrow. :)
Note 2: My oven is gas, but if yours is an electric oven (with a big hot heating element up top) you might want to cover the edges of the crust with some aluminum foil for all but the last 10 minutes of cooking so the edges don't burn..
baked apple pie on cooling rack
And finally it's done! Place on a cooling rack and cover with a dish towel for 30 minutes or an hour to cool before cutting into it, and it's ready to eat! =)
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