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Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe From Scratch

Best Homemade Apple Pie

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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Pie Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 516 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

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.
Nutrition Facts
Best Homemade Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 359mg16%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.