Fall is the perfect time to start baking your favorite apple desserts, and what better way to start than with a delicious homemade apple pie. We’ve found two apple pie recipes that are sure to please your taste buds and impress your friends and family.
First up, we have an Apple Pie with Crystallized Ginger recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. This pie is packed with juicy apples and just the right amount of spice from the ginger. Here’s how to make it:
Apple Pie with Crystallized Ginger
Start by making the crust:
For the crust:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces
- 1/4 cup vodka, cold
- 1/4 cup ice water, cold
In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle the vodka and ice water over the mixture and pulse until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half and shape into disks. Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Now for the filling:
- 2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 2 1/2 pounds Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples, 3/4 cup sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg together. Transfer the mixture to a large Dutch oven and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples release their juices and the mixture comes to a simmer, about 15 minutes. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and the juices have thickened and become glossy, about 10 minutes longer. Off the heat, stir in the crystallized ginger and butter.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Roll one disk of dough out into a 12-inch circle and fit it into a 9-inch pie plate, leaving the overhang in place. Pour the apple mixture into the crust. Roll the second disk of dough out into a 12-inch circle and cut it into 1 1/4 inch wide strips. Arrange the strips into a lattice pattern over the apples. Fold the overhang up and over the lattice strips and crimp the edges. Brush the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Bake until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.
Next, we have a Simply Delicious Apple Pie recipe that is perfect for those who want a more traditional apple pie taste.
Simply Delicious Apple Pie
- 1 unbaked pie crust, homemade or store-bought
- 6 cups sliced, peeled apples
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, diced
Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well and pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust. Dot the top of the apples with diced butter.
Bake for 25 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate fall dessert.
Whether you’re in the mood for a spiced apple pie or a classic apple pie, both of these recipes are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t forget to share with your friends and family for a true fall baking experience.