Homemade Apple Pie



First things first, I pretty much require that you listen to the new Pentatonix Christmas Album while baking this pie. I’ve baked 2 apple pies in the last 2 weeks while also listening to that album and it’s therapy I tell you.

It’s good for the soul.

I have the fool-proof apple pie recipe for you today! I know fool-proof is a bold claim, but I really think it is. And if you’ve never baked a pie before, I encourage you to give this a whirl.

Let’s start with the crust. I used the 10 inch measurements because I wanted to have a bit of leftover crust to spread out in a pan, cover with cinnamon sugar, and bake for about 7 minutes to create a lighter-than-air sweet snack while you wait for the pie to bake and then cool.

Also I’m not super confident in my crust rolling skills yet so I wanted a little buffer dough.

2 Crust Pie (8-9 inch)

2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp shortening

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

4-5 tbsp cold water 

(10 inch)

1 cup shortening

2 2/3 cup flour

1 tsp salt

7-9 tbsp cold water

With a pastry cutter, cut shortening into flour and salt. Once the mixture resembles pea size particles, begin adding cold water and toss with a fork until the mixture is moistened. If you need to use your hands just to blend everything together, you are free to do that too at the end. But don’t knead the mixture, just push it together with your hands to create a ball of dough. Then separate the ball into 2 disks.




My mom taught me to lay out wax paper and roll out the dough on it. That way you can simply lift the wax paper up and flip it onto the pie pan. It makes it very easy and you often avoid ripped crust! I’ve found that slightly wetting the countertop before laying the wax paper down, then flouring the wax paper surface creates the best area for rolling. The water helps hold the wax paper down, and the flour will keep the dough from attaching to the wax paper.

Roll both disks out, then set aside.



You NEED an apple corer and peeler. I use this daily with my kids, pie season or not, but it also makes creating the filling quick and fun.

Apple Pie (filling) (9 inch)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

dash of salt

6 cups tart apples, cored and sliced thin (roughly 6 medium apples)

2 tbsp butter

10 inch

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 tsp cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

dash of salt

8 cups tart apples, cored and sliced thin (roughly 7 medium apples)

3 tbsp butter

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Mix all ingredients except the butter with the apples. Eat 4-6 right out of the bowl and save the rest for the pie.




Slide your wax paper over to your pie dish and in one quick motion flip the crust onto the dish. Press in gently. Then pour in the apples and add pats of butter to the top. Then finish with the top crust.





It took a bit of practice with this, but it’s prettier then folding the crust over top of the pie. So, fold the top crust down under the bottom crust, and press it against your dish. You can get fancy with a pattern, or go “rustic” with a more undone and less polished look. Then add 3-4 slits on top of the pie.


Cover the edges with foil, then place in the oven for 45-55 minutes or until the filling bubbles through the top of the pie slits. This is VITAL. Do NOT remove that pie until you see bubbles. If you need to bake it longer than 55 minutes, but the crust is starting to brown, simply tent with foil. But don’t you dare take that pie out until you see bubbles.



Once it’s finished baking, set it on the counter to cool for awhile. It’s hard to wait, but if you cut into it while it’s still warm the filling will be too runny and you’ll watch all the goodness seep out and pool in the empty hole you’ve just created. . . and you’ll regret it.

I know this from personal, impatient experience my friends. Give it a rest, would ya? A literal rest.

Perhaps while it’s cooling you can run to the store and buy ice cream because pie without ice cream is a crime.



Enjoy! Share with friends and family! You’ll impress the masses with this pie!

My measuring spoons and cups are from Target. I used granny smith apples for this pie and it was delicious!

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Comments (41)

  1. Stel says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Ooooooooh I’m am in total apple pie mode, although we’re embracing the end of spring here! For sure I will try this one as well 🙂

  2. Leeann says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    This looks amazing!!! I am beyond excited for Thanksgiving!


  3. Alyssa says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Oo baking is so good for the soul!

  4. Posted November 7, 2016

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love a good apple pie!

  5. Sarah O says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    I love apple pies but my husband cringes at the thought of baked apples, so I don’t make them often. 😏 It looks so good though!

  6. Nicole says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Thank you! Can’t wait to try it. Have you frozen this pie?

  7. Posted November 7, 2016

    Making an apple pie is still on my list of things I need to learn. Thanks for adding in the preparation tips. I’m always amazed by people who can make their own pie!

    Angela / Blush & Pearls

  8. kayla says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    i dabbled in apple crisp this weekend (may or may not have made it twice because… why not?). anywho, THANK YOU for the apple peeler recommendation. i’m buying that ASAP because good lord… it was an apple massacre in my kitchen.

  9. Andrea says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    My mom also taught me the wax paper tip! She usually sandwiches the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper for easy flipping while rolling out. I’m craving apple pie now! Thanks!

  10. Gina says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    It is the perfect time of year to make an apple pie for the family. And it always makes the house smell so wonderful!

  11. Aleeha says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    I’ll definitely be making this!
    Aleeha xXx

  12. Katesfatface says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Kate stay in your lane. You are trying to be bevcooks. We get it. Just the other day you wrote how “hard” it is to get a healthy good meal on the table FOR DINNER! Now you’re baking a home made pie?! What? Seriously you are the most fake and delusional person on the internet. Just think for a minute before your post these thIngs. You come off as someone who can barely keep track of all your LIES!!! SO FAKE!!!!!!!

    • Kate says
      Posted November 7, 2016

      Hi person. You’ve shown real commitment to harassing me on my blog for the past few weeks. You’ve even gone through the effort of using different devices to contact me as I’ve blocked as many IP addresses for you as I possibly can.

      Your comments do not affect me the way you intend. I genuinely hope you can, one day, redirect any personal issues toward a therapist or someone who can help you deal with your anger versus leaving shameful and embarrassing anonymous comments on a blog that you apparently read quite regularly.

      • Posted November 7, 2016

        I am so sorry that you have to deal with this. I am so happy that you don’t allow this person to affect you. Unfortunately, many people hurt others because it makes them feel better about themselves. Let’s pray this person gets the help that they need and deserve.

        You inspire and help so many people from all over the world, that’s what makes you great! Your blog is so versatile that is has something that everyone can relate to.

        You rock Kate! Just keep doing your thing. You have an entire blogging family that love you and look forward to your posts!

        We got your back!

        • Kate says
          Posted November 7, 2016

          Thanks so much for your support!

        • Robin Lamprecht says
          Posted November 22, 2016

          Yes, I agree with Sarah! I pray for people daily and she is directing her anger towards you. I am going to be praying for her. She needs Prayer, not angry comments in retaliation. She probably likes what you are doing and perhaps would like to do it herself.
          I love all of your posts. You’re at the top of my FB newsfeed. Keep up the good work. This has been my plan to do a pie crust this year and I just saw this. I feel good about this pie crust with your terrific tips you have provided! Thanks!

  13. Posted November 7, 2016

    Oh..btw the your pies look awesome!

  14. evelyn says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Thanks for sharing so many different types of posts! Love your blog! (Also, I am a mom to 2 littles, and I find it tough to make dinner every night, but I also love to bake. So I get you and please ignore the crazy comments.)

  15. The New Old Fashioned Girl says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Apple pie is one of my favorites, and this one looks amazing!
    I will have to try this recipe though because I have yet to find the perfect one.
    The New Old Fashioned Girl

  16. Kristy says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    This looks so delish, thanks for sharing!!

  17. Posted November 7, 2016

    I love this post not only because this recipe looks AMAZING,(I will definitely be trying it in the near future) but also because you’re about the only person who agrees with me that It’s not too soon to be listening to Christmas music. 😛

  18. Bethany says
    Posted November 7, 2016

    Have you heard of a pie crust shield? I have one and they are really nice to have and easier than wrapping the foil around the crust. Though that works fine too. I wish my apple pie looked as pretty as yours.

  19. Posted November 8, 2016

    This looks sooo good! Love a good apple pie this time of year. And obviously the best way to bake anything at the moment, is while listening to christmas music!

    x Annabelle

  20. Pattie B says
    Posted November 8, 2016

    I love your class act, Kate Bryan!!! You are the true example of “When they go low, you go high.”!!!
    Now, for the reason I read through the comments—this is probably a rookie question— what kind of flour (self-rising, etc) and what brand of shortening?
    Thanks so much for ALL your great advice!!!

  21. Posted November 8, 2016

    Homemade pies are always so delicious! This one looks like it turned out beautifully.

  22. Posted November 9, 2016

    Oh, I’m glad I checked back for the recipe! This looks delicious. I might attempt it in the weekend x


  23. Jessica says
    Posted November 9, 2016

    Just tried this recipe out today for my family and it was fantastic! Thanks so much for posting because this one is definitely a keeper!
    P.S. I couldn’t ask for a flakier crust !

  24. Posted November 10, 2016

    Love this apple pie…

  25. Brooke says
    Posted November 10, 2016

    Where’d you find your apple peeler/slicer? You may have mentioned it elsewhere and I’ve missed it.🙂

    • Kate says
      Posted November 10, 2016


  26. Tara says
    Posted November 11, 2016

    I was so excited to see this post! I’ve failed at Apple pie in the past, and this recipe was so easy AND delicious! My husband compared it to his grandma’s (which is huge!!) Even the crust was easy to make!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Kate says
      Posted November 11, 2016

      GREAT TO HEAR! Congrats! 🙂

  27. Sarah says
    Posted November 13, 2016

    Just made this and it is amazing! Your snap chats of it made me dream about making it all week! Thanks for sharing the recipe 😊

  28. Melissa says
    Posted November 13, 2016

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!! I’ve been asking everyone I know for a good apple pie recipe! This looks amazing!!

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  29. Morgan says
    Posted November 24, 2016

    Your pie recipe saved me this morning. I had made a pie yesterday with a too complicated recipe that my pastry chef sister in law gave me and let’s just say it wasn’t looking good. Apple pie is my moms favorite and I stupidly volunteered to make it. I went to the store first thing this morning to get more apples and followed your truly fool proof recipe exactly. Thanks you sooooo much! My pie is gorgeous!!!

  30. Traci says
    Posted December 8, 2016

    Hi Kate! I’m a baking newbie. Self rising flour or all-purpose? Thanks!

    • Kate says
      Posted December 8, 2016

      All purpose!

  31. Jennifer Mueller says
    Posted July 5, 2018

    Kate! I made this yesterday for our 4th of July BBQ and it was a big hit!! It turned out so delicious. I’ve always wanted to make a pie with crust from scratch, but it intimidated me. Your recipe was easy to follow and not too difficult. Thank you!!

  32. Mandy says
    Posted April 11, 2020

    I swore I would never make homemade pie crust but I have been wanting a good apple dessert for months. And with the quarantine, why not try? As a newbie for pie crusts this was the best recipe with great tips (the wax paper, etc). It really was no fail- it was delicious! On your story a few months ago on Instagram you mentioned how someone stopped you in public to comment on how they tried your recipe-that’s why I tried it!

  33. Katy Vavricek says
    Posted April 29, 2020

    This is really similar to my momma’s pie…if you sandwich the pie in between wax paper layers, it rolls out a ton easier too…also, i brush milk on the top of my crust and add a cinnamon sugar mixture on the top!!! Who doesn’t need more sugar?!

  34. Carol says
    Posted July 26, 2020

    I’m anxious to try all the recipes! I’ve made apple pie and sliced my apples just like yours. I used Granny Smith too but they didn’t soften up as much as I think they should. Nobody wants hard apples in their pie. What’s the secret?