Classic Old-Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe

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Classic Old-Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
120 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on February 12, 2024

This classic old-fashioned apple pie recipe is a timeless American dessert that has been passed down through generations. The flaky pastry crust encases a sweet and tangy apple filling, creating a perfect balance of flavors. This recipe requires a total preparing time of approximately 2 hours and is guaranteed to impress your friends and family. So gather your ingredients and get ready to bake this comforting and iconic American dessert.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup ice water
  • 6-7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Add the cold, cubed butter and using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Slowly add the ice water, a little at a time, mixing until the dough comes together. Be careful not to over-mix. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the thinly sliced apples, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss until the apples are evenly coated.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled pastry dough into a circle large enough to fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Carefully transfer the rolled dough to the pie dish, pressing it gently against the bottom and sides.
  6. Pour the apple filling into the prepared pastry crust, spreading it out evenly.
  7. Roll out the remaining dough to create a top crust. You can either place the full sheet of dough over the filling or create a lattice pattern with strips of dough.
  8. Trim and crimp the edges of the crust using your fingers or a fork to seal the pie.
  9. Brush the top crust with the beaten egg to create a golden and shiny finish.
  10. Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips and bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  11. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving.

Interesting Facts

  • The first apple pie recipe printed in America dates back to 1796 in the first known American cookbook, 'American Cookery' by Amelia Simmons.
  • Apple pie is often associated with American culture and is considered a symbol of American tradition, often served on occasions like Thanksgiving.
  • The phrase 'as American as apple pie' became a popular saying in the 20th century, highlighting the cultural significance of this dessert in the United States.