Old Fashioned Apple Pie

This Old Fashioned Apple Pie is perfectly sweetened and filled with the warm spices of Fall. It is simple to make and I have included my recipe for a buttery pie crust as well since a good pie crust will make all the difference.

old fashioned apple pie on a plate

Fall’s arrival is just around the corner and as it arrives, the excitement begins. Every year I must make this recipe for Old Fashioned Apple Pie to start the fall season. On a breezy cool day with the leaves turning, the smell of cinnamon wafting through the house, creating a bit of magic within the home. It is a special time to be sure. A time to be cozy and warm in our homes.

A time for snuggles and movies. This Old Fashioned Apple Pie recipe is perfect to make with the apple season upon us. It does capture the warm flavors of fall. Another excellent one to bake during apple season is this delicious Apple Cake. It is a moist and delicious loaf-style cake that uses fresh apples and cinnamon.

Why I Love This Recipe

Whenever anyone would bring over a homemade pie or baked good. I was always curious as to how much time and work must have gone into such a thing. Turns out, it is not all that much work and there is a bit of comfort that goes into the work of baking a fresh homemade pie.

The recipe for this Old Fashioned Apple Pie also has my go-to homemade crust that is so simple to whip up. In a food processor, this can be done in literal seconds. Resulting in a delicious homemade buttery pie crust to pair with the warm apple pie filling.

This recipe is simple to follow and I love that it uses things that I always keep on hand. If you are any sort of a baker, you will likely find this to be true for you as well. This Old Fashioned Apple Pie recipe reminds me of my grandmother and the way she baked. A simple homemade pie that has all the warm fall flavors we crave.

old fashioned apple pie with apples next to it

What You Will Need To Make It

For the Apple Pie Filling

2 2/3 lb (about 8 cups of diced or sliced apples)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 ground nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

4 tbsp flour

For The Crust

(this recipe makes two pie crusts. One for the top and one for the bottom of a standard 9-inch pie)

1 cup of salted cold butter

2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

3-5 tbsp cold water

Directions

Dice or slice apples into bite-sized pieces. Place them into a large bowl. Sprinkle in the sugars, flour, spices, and lemon juice over the sliced apples. Using a large spoon, mix it into the apples and incorporate it well.

sliced apples in a mixing bowl with spices

Pour the entire contents of the bowl into a waiting pie crust. Cover with the other pie crust or cut out lattice-style crust to cover. Bake at 375℉ for approximately 60 minutes.

For The Crust

Using a food processor (if you don’t have one see note below), place the butter and flour inside. Remove the pour spout lid of the processor and while pulsing begin slowly adding the water until the dough comes together. Flour a surface and remove the dough from the processor and roll it out. Place the pie crust into a waiting pie dish and form the edges.

pie crust dough in a food processor
rolled out pie crust for a pie

Baking Notes

  • Use a piece of parchment paper to roll the dough out on. When the dough is rolled out into circular form, pick it up by the edges of the paper, and turn the crust over into a waiting pie dish. Peel the paper away and form the pie crust edges. This makes for an easier clean-up and a simple way to place the pie crust in the dish.
  • If you do not have a food processor, you can use a fork or your hands to combine the pie crust in a large bowl. To keep the butter in a chilled state, place the dough into some plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for a few minutes before rolling it out.
  • I use organic all-purpose flour for the pie crust.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla or french vanilla ice cream for apple pie ala mode.
  • Whip up a fresh batch of homemade whipped cream to serve alongside. Allowing guests to scoop as they wish. To make, add a cup of heavy whipping cream to a mixer bowl along with 2 tbsp of sugar. Use the whip attachment and beat until soft peaks form. Scoop the homemade cream into a lovely serving bowl and set it next to the pie dish.
  • This is the perfect pie to serve with hot espresso or during an afternoon tea.
  • Drizzle caramel over your slice for an extra bit of flavor.

FAQ

What is the best flour for the crust?

I like using unbleached all-purpose flour for this pie crust recipe. You can also use pastry flour for this pie crust recipe.

Can I sub out apple pie spice for the spices?

Yes! One I would suggest using 1 tbsp of apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in this recipe.

What apples are best for apple pie?

I like to use Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Macintosh apples for my apple pies. But Gala, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisp work well too.

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Yield: 8 servings

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

old fashioned apple pie with a candle

a classic apple pie recipe with cinnamon and ginger

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 lb apples (about 8 cups chopped or sliced apples)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • For the Crust:
  • (this recipe makes two pie crusts. One for the top and one for the bottom of a standard 9-inch pie)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 3-5 tbsp cold water

Instructions

    1. Dice apples into bite-sized pieces. Place them into a large bowl.
    2. Sprinkle the sugars, flour, spices, and lemon juice over the apples. Use a large spoon to mix until well incorporated.
    3. Pour the entire contents of the bowl into a waiting pie crust. Cover with the pie crust or use other pie crust to make a lattice-style crust.
    4. Bake at 375℉ for approximately 60 minutes.
    5. To make the Pie Crust: Using a food processor, place the butter and flour inside. Remove the pour spout lid of the processor and while pulsing begin slowly adding the water until the dough comes together.
    6. Flour a surface and remove the dough from the processor and roll it out. Place the pie crust into a waiting pie dish and form the edges.

Notes

Baking Notes:

  • Use a piece of parchment paper to roll the dough out on. When the dough is rolled out into circular form, pick it up by the edges of the paper, and turn the crust over into a waiting pie dish. Peel the paper away and form the pie crust edges. This makes for easier clean-up and for a simple way to place the pie crust in the dish.
  • If you do not have a food processor, you can use a fork or your hands to combine the pie crust in a large bowl. To keep the butter in a chilled state, place the dough into some plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for a few minutes before rolling it out.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 527Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 193mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 5gSugar: 38gProtein: 5g

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