Best Homemade Apple Pie [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Best Homemade Apple Pie recipe with a flaky, buttery pie crust and homemade apple pie filling. Made perfect with the most amazing creamy cheesecake layer. Watch the video tutorial below and you’ll see how easy this recipe is.

Homemade pies are definitely my weakness, I can never resist a buttery crust that basically melts in your mouth. This is the ideal dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas! You can also like our Pumpkin Pie, Classic Blueberry Pie, and Homemade Pecan Pie.

Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

Easy Apple Pie Recipe

There is nothing more delicious than a homemade Apple Pie in a blanket of buttery crust that melts in your mouth. I have here for you the BEST ever Apple Pie Recipe made from scratch, no kidding! There is nothing more amazing than tender, sweet apples sitting on a delicious layer of creamy cheesecake.

This is the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or anytime you crave a good dessert made from scratch. If you were ever afraid to make your own pie crust, this recipe is perfect for you. It’s very easy, and it always turns out perfect. Also, watch the recipe video attached to better guide you through the cooking process. 

I like adding a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg into the dough, it adds so much flavor. My secret to perfect crust is using a mix of shortening and butter. This makes a crust that is easy to work with, and still has that delicious butter flavor we all love.

Also, the homemade apple pie filling is out of this world, but you can use store-bought filling as well. The cheesecake layer is totally optional, but if you are looking to take your apple pie to a new level, this is the way to go. The combo of creamy and rich cheesecake, with the buttery crust and the apple filling, is definitely a must-try!

Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe From Scratch

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE PIE FILLING:

Homemade Apple Pie filling is very easy to make and it takes only 30 minutes. Once you try this recipe, you will never buy the canned version.

  • Apples
  • Lemon juice
  • White and brown sugar
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice
  • Water
  • Cornstarch

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE PIE?

  • Pie Crust – you can use a homemade pie crust or store-bought.
  • Apple Pie filling – you can make your own or use store-bought.
  • Cheesecake Layer – this layer is optional, but if you decide to add it, you will need: cream cheese, sugar, eggs, flour and cream.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PIE CRUST TIPS

  • Always use cold butter and shortening, this is very important!
  • The water should be ice cold, so make sure you chill some in the freezer.
  • First, mix all the ingredients except the water. I like using a pastry cutter or food processor to combine everything, but you can also use your hands.
  • Add the cold water and mix to combine again.
  • Roll the dough into a smooth ball, but make sure you don’t knead it much or work it. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • When ready to use, remove dough from the fridge and place it on a floured waxed paper sitting on a flat surface.
  • Flatten the ball into a disk and using a rolling pin, roll it into a circle, starting from the center.
  • Work quickly, this is also very important. Once at room temperature, the butter will change in temperature and start to affect the texture of the dough.
  • Using the waxed paper, lift the dough and transfer it to a pie dish.
  • Gently pierce a few holes with a fork, before adding the cheesecake layer and apple pie filling.

Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe From Scratch

HOW TO STORE APPLE PIE

Let the pie cool to room temperature first, cover the dish with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE UNBAKED APPLE PIE

  • First, layer all the ingredients in the pie dish per recipe directions.
  • Then, wrap the pie tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap.
  • Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for about 2 to 3 months.
  • When ready to bake, remove it from the freezer, and transfer to the refrigerator to thaw gradually for 24 hours. Bake for 60 minutes in preheated oven.

HOW TO FREEZE BAKED APPLE PIE

  • First, make sure the apple pie has fully cooled and also was refrigerated for at least 6 hours.
  • Then, wrap the pie tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap.
  • Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for about 2 to 3 months.
  • When ready to use, remove it from the freezer, and transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw gradually for 24 hours.

 

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Best Homemade Apple Pie
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 slices
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

Pie Crust Bottom or use store-bought:

  • 1 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup  cold butter  (unsalted and diced)
  • 1/4 cup  cold shortening  (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1 teaspoon  sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cinnamon  (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground nutmeg  (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons  cold water 

Pie Crust Top or use store-bought:

  • 1 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup  cold butter  (unsalted and diced)
  • 1/4 cup  cold shortening  (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cinnamon  (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground nutmeg  (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons  cold water 

Cheesecake Layer Optional:

  • 1 package  (8 oz) cream cheese  (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup  white sugar 
  • 1  egg 
  • 1/4 cup  cream  (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 

Apple Pie Filling:

  • 2 20 oz cans  (4 cups) apple pie filling  (or 6 cups if you are not making the cheesecake layer)

Egg Wash:

  • 1  egg 
  • 1 tablespoon  milk 

Instructions

Pie Crust:

  1. I prefer to make the bottom and top separately, it makes it easier to roll the dough. Follow the Instructions and make two dough balls, one for the bottom and one for the top.

  2. Add flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to a food processor. Add butter and shortening and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  3. Add the water and pulsate to combine.
  4. The dough can also be made in a large bowl, using a pastry blender or your fingers.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

  6. Repeat to make the Top crust and also place in the fridge.

  7. When ready to use, place waxed paper on a flat surface and lightly dust with flour.
  8. Roll one dough ball out to fit a 9 inch pie plate.
  9. Transfer crust to the pie plate and press evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie dish.

Cheesecake Layer:

  1. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese, flour and sugar until light and fluffy on medium-low speed.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients from the "Cheesecake Layer" list and continue beating until well combined and creamy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. Add the cheesecake batter to the prepared bottom of the prepared crust. Level the top with a spatula.
  5. Transfer to the freezer for about one hour, until the cheesecake layer is hard enough to pour the apple pie filling on top of it.

Apple Pie Filling:

  1. Use my recipe for homemade Apple Pie Filling or use the canned store-bought stuff.
  2. Level the top with a spatula.

Pie Crust Top:

  1. When you are ready to bake the pie, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Roll the remaining dough ball out to fit a 9 inch pie plate and place it on top of the apple pie filling.
  3. Another option is to cut one inch strings and arrange them on top of the apple pie filling.
  4. Trim the edges of the pie, leave a half-inch overhang. Fold the dough under itself and use your fingertips to seal it.

Egg Wash:

  1. Whisk egg and milk until fully combined.
  2. Brush the top and edges of the pie with the egg wash. Sprinkle some sugar on top.

Bake:

  1. Bake the pie in the preheated oven covered with foil for 25 minutes.
  2. Remove foil and bake for another 25-30 minutes, until top is golden brown and the apple pie filling is bubbly.
  3. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Transfer to the fridge and chill for at least 3 hours before serving if you added the cheesecake layer.
  4. The pie can be served immediately, warm, if you didn't add the cheesecake layer.
Calories: 516 Carbohydrates: 36 Protein: 6 Fat: 39 Saturated Fat: 18 Cholesterol: 112 Sodium: 359 Potassium: 153 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 7 Vitamin A: 980 Calcium: 94 Iron: 3.1
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Jamielyn

Love the cheesecake layer option! So so delicious!

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Cathy

Love that cheesecake layer!!!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This looks incredibly delicious!

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