How to make an Apple Pie with from scratch pie crust

This blog is all about how to make the best tasting Apple Pie without all of the work! This pie is packed with flavor, sweet and tart, and is showcased with a lattice pattern on the top.

apple pie

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Thanksgiving is for pies

This year my cousin hosted Thanksgiving with our entire family coming to eat. My task was to bring pies and pies did I bring!

In total, two pumpkin pies, pumpkin-pecan pie, raspberry pie, pecan pie and this apple pie were made.

apple pie and others

Cost breakdown for this recipe

Making pies is not cheap. In fact, some pies are much more expensive to make them from scratch than buying them.
For example, in winter, fruit can become highly costly and then gives a higher cost to the pie.
Below is a cost breakdown for the cost it was to make this apple pie with homemade pie crust in November 2022. Additionally, all of these costs and materials came from our local ALDI.

ingredients for pies

Apple Filling Cost:
4-6 Granny Smith Apples $3.00
1 Tbsp Butter $0.10
1/2 tsp Cinnamon $0.03
1/4 tsp Nutmeg $0.03
1/2 cup Sugar $0.15
1/2 cup Flour $0.08

Pie Crust Cost:
1 cup butter $1.64
1/2 tsp salt $0.01
2 2/3 cups flour $0.45

The total cost for this pie crust is $2.10, which makes three pie crusts.
This entire pie crust recipe was not used, only about half was used.
The cost for this apple pie was $1.05 for the crust and $3.39 for the filling making this apple pie cost $4.44.

Below is the link to a local grocery store in Wisconsin, where I live. Pick ‘n Save has a great bakery and deli selection, including this Apple Lattice Pie. Right now, December 2022, this 10-inch pie costs $11.79.
The homemade apple pie with a lattice design you too can make costs $4.44, saving you $7.35.

Pick ‘n Save 101n Apple Lattice Pie
$11.79

Recipe

Ingredients

1 Homemade Pie Crust
4-6 Granny Smith Apples
1 Tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 cup Sugar plus 1 tsp more
1/2 cup Flour

apple pie ingredients on wood cutting board

Directions

1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and then prepare and place the pie crust in the pie plate, then set aside.

pie crust in pie plate

2. In a medium bowl, add 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and then add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg, mixing well with a spatula.

3. Wash and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skins off 4-6 Granny Smith apples.

peel skins off apples

4. Use an apple slicer to slice the apples, then remove any harder bits and also the core. Then slice the apples in half again and place them into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
By using an apple slicer, the slices will then be even and then will cook evenly.

5. Once the apples are sliced, peeled and placed in the bowl, mix well with the dry ingredients.

apples placed in dry ingredients

6. Pour the apple pie filling into the prepared pie crust, then slice the 1 Tbsp butter into smaller chunks and place the pieces over the apples before adding the top crust lattice.

apple pie crust with apple filling

7. With extra pie crust, make crust strips and then form a lattice pattern on the apple pie.
To do this, use a pastry cutter to slice the strips in 1-inch increments.
Lay one piece directly in the middle of the pie, then lay the second making a t.
Lay the next pieces, placing them over and under in opposites until the lattice pattern is created.
Finally, cut the ends of the strips so they just touch the edge of the crust.
Additionally, trim the edges of the crust and crimp to make it look nice.

8. Crack an egg and then mix it with a fork, using a pastry brush, brush the egg onto the pie crust.

apple pie brushed with egg yolk

9. Then sprinkle sugar on the top of the pie crust where the egg wash was brushed on.

sprinkle sugar on egg wash on apple pie crust

10. Place the apple pie into the preheated oven and then bake for 30-35 minutes.
To save the crust from burning, use a pie crust shield for the first 10 minutes of baking, then after 10 minutes, remove the shield and continue baking the apple pie.
In hide sight, using a sheet of aluminum foil would have been the better route as the top of the lattice did become darker than desired.

bake apple pie

Remove the apple pie when done and then let it rest to cool before slicing.
Finally, cut the pie and serve with whipped cream and enjoy!
~Monica

baked apple pie

Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients for Apple Pie

1 Homemade Pie Crust
4-6 Granny Smith Apples
1 Tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 cup Sugar plus 1 tsp more
1/2 cup Flour

Directions for Apple Pie

1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and then prepare and place the pie crust in the pie plate, then set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, add 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and then add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp nutmeg, mixing well with a spatula.
3. Wash and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skins off 4-6 Granny Smith apples.
4. Use an apple slicer to slice the apples, then remove any harder bits and also the core. Then slice the apples in half again and place them into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
5. Once the apples are sliced, peeled and placed in the bowl, mix well with the dry ingredients.
6. Pour the apple pie filling into the prepared pie crust, then slice the butter and place the slices over the apples before adding the top crust lattice.
7. With extra pie crust, make crust strips and then form a lattice pattern on the apple pie.
8. Crack an egg and then mix it with a fork, using a pastry brush, brush the egg onto the pie crust.
9. Then sprinkle sugar on the top of the pie crust where the egg wash was brushed on.
10. Place the apple pie into the preheated oven and then bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove the apple pie when done and then let it rest to cool before slicing.
Finally, cut the pie and serve with whipped cream and enjoy!
~Monica

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