A favorite apple pie recipe for generations! Sweet apples make their own cinnamon syrup when baked inside of two buttery pie crusts.
Early European settlers brought apple seeds from England to America, often planting an orchard on freshly cleared land before even building the family home. As settlers migrated throughout the country, apple orchards took root right along with them. Apples soon became an abundant staple in the New World. Apple pie is as rich a part of the fabric of American culture as hot dogs, fast cars, baseball, and Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving dinner is all about family, giving thanks for our blessings, and communing through comfort food. While the focus of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner tends to revolve around a perfectly roasted turkey, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes, the feast is not complete without a fat slice of apple pie for dessert. I tend to subscribe to the More is More philosophy when it comes to all things pie, so when enveloping apples in pastry, I commonly go the Mile High Apple Pie route. However, as much as it pains me to admit it, I realize that baking a colossal pie is not always practical or necessary. Sometimes after sharing a meal with friends and loved ones and reflecting on the good fortune of being together, a sliver of a more traditional, no frills apple pie is more desirable.
Classic Apple Pie is a simple recipe that bakes juicy apples, sugar, and a touch of cinnamon together in a flaky, buttery crust for a dessert that’s as American as…well, apple pie! It’s the perfect pie to share with those that you are thankful to have in your lives.
- 1 full recipe all butter pie dough(or 2 9-inch pie crusts)
- 7 cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced tart apples (6 large apples)
- ⅔ C. granulated sugar
- 1 Tbs. cornstarch
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 whole egg
- 1 Tbs. cold water
- 2 tsp. additional granulated sugar, if desired
- Place the thinly sliced apples into a large bowl. Drizzle lemon juice over the apples. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon together to combine. Pour the sugar mixture over the apples. Use a wooden spoon to gently fold the apples with the sugar mixture to coat. Let the apples stand for 15 minutes to allow the apples to release juices and create a syrup with the sugar.
- While the apples are macerating, roll out half of the pie dough to fill a 9-inch pie plate, leaving 1-inch of dough hanging over the edge of the plate. (About a 12-inch diameter circle of rolled dough.) Roll out the other half of dough to a 10-inch circle for the top crust.
- Spoon the apple mixture into the dough lined pie plate, leveling the apples smooth. Scatter the chilled, cubed butter evenly over the apples. Top the filling with the other rolled pie pastry. Pinch the edges of both pie pastries together to seal. Fold the edge of the pastry all around toward the center of the pie. Crimp or flute the rolled edge, as desired. Cut six 1-inch slits into the top of the pie with a sharp paring knife to provide a vent for steam to escape in the oven. Refrigerate the assembled pie for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place an aluminum foil lined baking sheet on
Speaking of being thankful…a group of food blogger friends and I were chatting about how blessed we are to be able to follow our food passions for a living–none of which would be possible without awesome and supportive readers like you. As a way of giving thanks, we decided to get together to share 25 awesome Thanksgiving recipes AND 25 fun Giveaways!
No frills. No sponsors. Just us sharing tried and true recipes and giving away a little something to thank you for coming back day after day to read about our passions.
For my part, I’m serving up Classic Apple Pie because everyone needs to have a really great apple pie recipe in their kitchen arsenal. I’ll also be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader as a little token of my appreciation for putting up with all my weirdness and loving me just the same.
Giveaway runs through 11/29/2015 at midnight. At that time, the winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.
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Then be sure to visit my friends to see more delicious Thanksgiving recipes and enter their giveaways, too! We’re giving away a TON of gift cards and other great prizes–each valued at $50 or more!
Click on any of the gorgeous photos or links below to be redirected to the recipes.
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