As the leaves start to change and the air becomes crisp, there’s nothing quite like the smell of a freshly baked apple pie filling the air. And with this classic homemade apple pie recipe, you can bring the flavors of fall straight to your kitchen.
First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, gather your ingredients. You’ll need:
For the crust:
– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp sugar
– 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
– 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
For the filling:
– 8 cups thinly sliced and peeled apples (about 8 medium apples)
– 2/3 cup sugar
– 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 tbsp unsalted butter
– 1 egg, beaten
To make the crust, mix together the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a ball. Divide the dough in half and roll out each half on a lightly floured surface. Transfer one of the rolled-out crusts to a 9-inch pie dish.
For the filling, combine the sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pie crust and dot with butter. Top with the second rolled-out crust and crimp the edges to seal. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Brush the beaten egg over the top crust.
Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Now that the recipe is out of the way, let’s talk about presentation. When serving your apple pie, it’s important to remember that we eat with our eyes first. That’s where the images come into play.
A Crust That Melts in Your Mouth
As you can see, this image showcases the most important aspect of any pie: the crust. This one is flaky and buttery, with just the right amount of crunch. And when paired with the sweet and spicy apple filling, it’s nothing short of perfection.
A Slice of History
This image brings to mind the history of apple pie, dating back to medieval times. The lattice crust is a classic touch that adds both texture and flavor to the pie. And with that perfect golden-brown color, you know this pie is going to be a hit.
So there you have it – a classic homemade apple pie recipe that will have your family coming back for seconds. With a buttery crust, sweet and spicy filling, and irresistible presentation, this pie is the perfect dessert for fall. Enjoy!