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A slice of the best apple pie on a white plate with a fork.

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

The best Apple Pie is made from simple, delicious ingredients and is ready in just one hour. Buy a pie crust or use my easy homemade pie crust recipe! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 434kcal


  • 1/2 cup sugar plus more for the top crust
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 7 cups tart apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 9-inch pie crusts thawed (homemade or from 1 box store-bought)
  • 1 tablespoon butter chopped into small pieces
  • 1 egg white


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix 1/2 white sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Sprinkle in sugar mixture and toss to evenly coat.
  • Lay one pie crust in bottom of 9-inch pie pan, trimming the pastry even with the edge of the pan. Spoon in the apple mixture into the pie and place butter piece on top. 
  • Roll the remaining crust out. Set crust over the filling and trim as necessary to fit the top of the pie. Seal, flute the edges, and cut slits in the pastry.
  • Beat egg white until foamy; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crust is golden brown and pie filling is bubbling, about 20 minutes more. Cool on wire rack.



Adapted from Taste of Home.
To make the pie crust from scratch:
  1. Sift 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of salt together in a large mixing bowl. Cut in 2/3 cup of shortening until the mixture resembles small peas. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, sprinkling over the mixture and tossing with a fork. Push to the side of the bowl and repeat until the mixture is moist, about 5 to 7 tablespoons.
  2. Split the dough into two equal sized portions and roll into balls. On a lightly flattened surface, press each ball until flattened, and roll out from the center to the edge into a 1/8' think circle.
  3. Proceed with step 2. 
Pie crust recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.


Calories: 434kcal