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Best Apple Pie with Flaky Butter Crust

This is hands-down the Best Apple Pie recipe. The filling is loaded with just the right amount of apples and sweetness. The flaky butter crust is unbelievably scrumptious.

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This is by far the BEST Apple Pie we’ve ever tasted; the filling and crust are perfect.

The Best Apple Pie is a Game Changer

I have a little confession.  Despite my affection for all things sweet, cooked apples aren’t what my sweet teeth run to. Fresh ‘n crisp fall apples just off the tree – those, I adore.  I just don’t typically prefer them cooked.  That puts me in the tiny category of people who [used to] regularly pass up the apple pies on the dessert buffet.

Alas, I wasn’t destined to stay that way.  I gave this magical apple pie with flakiest butter crust a whirl, and new door opened up.  This best apple pie recipe was a game changer for me.  Now, there’s no turning back.

Hubby would never have imagined I’d eat, let alone bake, an apple pie. I’d happily devour this creamy banana cream pie and this luscious blueberry pie. But my better half has never seen me dart for the apple one. 

For reasons still mysterious, I began searching high and low for the best apple pie recipe maybe because I wanted to like apple pie.  After digging through countless variations, I settled on this tried and true version.  And now I’m forever done searching.

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All-butter crust makes a huge difference in flavor and texture. Always go with real butter!

Hello, flaky butter crust (no shortening)

What makes this apple pie extra memorable is the fabulous flaky butter crust.  We always prefer using butter rather than shortening whenever possible. 

This is our go-to recipe for a flaky butter crust; perfect for any sweet or savory pies.  Technically, one could use store bought pie dough.  But it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t say this out loud:  store-bought pie dough won’t produce the buttery deliciousness of a homemade crust.  And I am a crust fiend.  Fiend, I tell ya.

So if anything, save this recipe for the crazy awesome all-butter crust that you’ll drape over all future pies from now and forever more.

best apple pie recipe
This apple pie can be prepared the night before, so it has time to cool and set perfectly.

Apple Pie and Pie Dough Tips

The pie dough needs a bit of time to chill.  If you plan ahead for that, you’re good.  Try to stick with Granny Smith apples for best texture and balance of tart vs. sweet. Granny smith apples also hold up to baking well, unlike some varieties.

You’ll love that this apple pie can be totally prepared ahead of time.  In fact, it’s best after it’s had some time to sit and set. 

Bake it and let it set overnight or at least several hours, so the filling has time to cool and thicken.  The pie reheats beautifully, especially if you’re going for a’ la mode.  Vanilla bean ice cream and warm pie.

Add this to your dessert list for the holidays… or really any day.  Ever heard of leftover apple pie for breakfast? Been there, done that.  Highly recommended.  Apple pie lovers in your life will go nuts over this one.

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Apple pie is fabulous on its own or lightly warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Best Apple Pie with Flaky Butter Crust

4.92 from 100 ratings
This is hands-down the Best Apple Pie ever. The filling is loaded with just the right amount of apples and sweetness. The flaky butter crust is unbelievably delicious. You will not regret this pie…
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Servings: 8

Ingredients  

For the filling:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 TB all purpose flour
  • 3 TB water, with 2 tsp cornstarch fully dissolved in it*
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled and sliced, not too thin

For the dough (double crust):

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 1 cup butter, chilled and diced
  • ½ cup very cold ice water

Other:

  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • coarse sugar for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, just until there remains small pea-sized butter chunks in the dough.  Gently stir in 1 TB of ice cold water at a time, until mixture starts to hold together.  It should be pliable enough to stick together when pinched, but not sticky.  Work the dough sparingly, using either pastry cutter or cold fingers.  The key is not to overwork the dough (avoid using food processor.)  The little chunks of butter should still be visible.
  • Gently form 2 dough balls (1 slightly larger than the other) and wrap well in plastic.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight.)
  • Preheat oven to 425F and place rack on lower middle position. Melt butter in a saucepan.  Stir in flour to form a roux.  Add water with dissolved cornstarch, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Bring to a boil, and immediately reduce to barely simmer.  Keep sauce warm while you roll out the crust.
  • Roll the larger dough ball out to fit bottom/sides of  9-inch pie pan, with bit extra for edges.  If dough is firm, you may need to roll it out twice.  Place crust in bottom of pie pan.  Press evenly into the bottom and up sides of the pan.  Press down the edges.  Roll the smaller dough ball to fit over top of 9-inch pie pan.  Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine apple slices with the warm sugar sauce, reserving about 1/4 cup (or enough for brushing over top crust.)  Brush bottom crust with beaten egg white.  Fill with apple mixture, mounding.  Place top crust over filling, crimping very tightly at edges to ensure good seal (I use a fork to “crimp” tightly down until edges are fully sealed.)  Cut several slits in top crust.  Brush remaining warm sugar sauce over entire top crust.  Sprinkle with coarse sugar and light dusting of cinnamon, if desired.
  • Place pie on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes.  Reduce temp to 350F and bake another 35-45 minutes, until top crust is golden brown and apples are soft.  Use thin strips of foil to cover pie edges, if they start browning too quickly. Cool completely before serving. Letting it cool at room temp overnight is best.  Enjoy…it is totally worth your work!

Notes

*It’s very important when cooking with cornstarch that the cornstarch is always fully dissolved in room-temperature water or cool water first. It’s easiest to use clean finger to mix cornstarch/water in a small bowl so you can actually feel that the cornstarch has fully dissolved. It will look like cloudy water – no dry powder should still be intact (Otherwise, it will clump up when cooking and no amount of stirring will undo it.)
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a review. Thank you and happy continued baking! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 853mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1097IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Bake

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110 comments

    • Kristina
    • 5 stars

    Love this apple pie recipe! I’ve had many, but never attempted to make one myself and it was so easy! I took the advice of letting it rest overnight and then reheating it and what a difference it made! Fresh apple pie is great, but one that has a chance to sit and have the flavors “marry” is even better.

    • Helene
    • 5 stars

    This apple pie is simply delicious. The crust is perfectly flaky with 100% butter. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Natalie
    • 5 stars

    During the fall I always enjoy making apple pie. One of my favorite recipes, thanks!

    • Mikayla
    • 5 stars

    This pie has absolute melt in your mouth apples bursting with flavor, great with a touch of whipped cream!

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    Delicious filling bursting with the spice Flavors of Cinnamon and Nutmeg. The Flaky Buttery crust sounds healthier too. I love it.

    • Katie Crenshaw
    • 5 stars

    Oh wow! This apple pie really is something special. The filling is delicious and the crust comes out PERFECT!

    • Colleen
    • 5 stars

    This apple pie turned out perfectly. The crust is super flaky and tender. My new go-to apple pie recipe.

      • Amy Dong

      So happy to hear that!

    • Jamie
    • 5 stars

    First of all this apple pie looks so delicious and yummy! The juiciness inside and the crispy texture outside just make this a perfect apple pie that everyone will definitely love!

    • Ann
    • 5 stars

    This pie turned out delicious! Will be my new go to apple pie recipe from now on! Thanks for the share!

      • Amy Dong

      Aww, thank you, Ann!

    • Savita
    • 5 stars

    I loved how the recipe turned out so delicious. Everyone in my family loved this apple pie.

    • Luke
    • 5 stars

    Superb recipe, we love homemade apple pie and this will be getting made again for sure 🙂
    We always love this with Vanilla ice cream, yum yum 😉

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, thank you, Luke!

    • Donny
    • 5 stars

    Simply Awesome..My wife is not fond of apple pie , But she loves this recipe..You have turned her into an apple pie lover with this recipe..Thank You

      • Amy Dong

      Awww, that is amazing! 🙂

    • Haya Sleiman
    • 5 stars

    Made this for Ramadan and my kids loved it!

    • AK
    • 5 stars

    The only apple pie I will actually eat and I can’t get enough of it.

    • Peg Herlihy

    I followed the instructions to the letter. The crust came out crunchy, like a cookie.

    • Sana Mills

    I’m planning on making this for Thanksgiving!! It looks so good. I really love lattice pie crusts and I was wondering if it would work with this recipe as you made a point to mention creating a seal with the crust.

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, that will work, Sana!

    • Laura
    • 5 stars

    My sister made this and it was amazing!! How many days ahead of Thanksgiving can I make this? I was hoping to make it the weekend before to save me time to make everything else. Also, does it need to be refrigerated once baked?

      • chewoutloud

      I’ve made this pie one day early with great results. If you decide to bake it several days ahead, I would let it cool completely to room temperature, cover, and chill in fridge. I’d reheat it in the oven (try 325F for 20-30 minutes, and cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.)

    • ashok
    • 5 stars

    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you liked the pie!

    • LAURA ZIOGAITE
    • 5 stars

    10 out of 10 ! LOVED IT ! THANKS FOR A GREAT RECIPE !!!

      • chewoutloud

      Yahoo!! 🙂 🙂

    • Nir
    • 5 stars

    Thank you.
    I made it this morning for the first time ever, my wife’s birthday. Forgot the egg but it is great.

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