Homemade French Apple Pie

homemade apple pie recipe

What’s a holiday celebration without a great dessert? Whenever we have family gatherings someone inevitably asks me to bring a homemade apple pie. I have to admit I do make a mean apple pie–it’s my most requested dessert recipe. So with Christmas only two weeks away (can you believe it?), I thought I’d share my apple pie recipe for folks who are looking for a really special holiday dessert.

There are Three Secrets to Making a Great Apple Pie:

  • To make a balanced pie filling–one that’s not too sweet, too sour, too mushy, or too firm–use a variety of apples.
  • To make a flaky pie crust avoid over-handling the dough.
  • To make a super easy top crust, use crumb a topping.

Pie Pastry:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons ice water (avoid adding additional water)

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until the shortening pieces resemble small peas. Add ice water and stir to combine (use your hands if you prefer). Do not over mix, over work, or over stretch the dough when fitting it into the pan or it will shrink during baking and become tough. Form the dough into a ball and roll it between two sheets of waxed paper (this keeps your counters and roller clean and no additional flour is necessary). Fold the dough into quarters. Place on top of the baking dish; unfold. Turn raw edges under. Crimp edges between your thumb and fore fingers or use a fork. Bake the crust, unfilled, at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until it is lightly browned. (This pre-baking step keeps the bottom crust from becoming soggy.) Cool slightly before filling.

Apple Filling:

  • 8 apples peeled, cored, and sliced (2 Granny Smith, 2 Golden Delicious, 2 Braeburn, 2 Jonagold)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate several hours (or overnight). Using a slotted spoon (you only need a small amount of juice), spoon into prepared pie crust.

French Apple Pie Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour

Mix all ingredients into pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle over top of pie. Make at 350 degrees for 40 minutes (or until the apples are soft and the crust and pie crumbs are golden brown.

11 Comments on Homemade French Apple Pie

  1. Cindy D.
    December 11, 2013 at 1:42 am (3 years ago)

    Admit it, you’re some kind of entertaining genius. ;D
    Great pie tips!

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    • afternoonartist
      December 17, 2013 at 3:45 am (3 years ago)

      I wish. I’m a good cook, but an even better eater!

      Reply
  2. richardhartjacksonart
    December 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks good! I would have to eat it with vanilla ice cream.

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  3. Pat
    December 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Yum!

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    • afternoonartist
      December 17, 2013 at 3:43 am (3 years ago)

      My favorite. I’ll take pie over cake any day.

      Reply
  4. Karen
    December 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m happy to have discovered your blog. You have a great eye for decorating, are a talented artist and a good cook. I love your use of a variety of apples…I have an apple orchard and always tell anyone who comes to pick apples for a pie to take a variety for texture and taste. :)

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  5. afternoonartist
    December 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for your kind words and for following my blog. As the owner of an apple orchard I bet you have tons of great recipes featuring apples. Apple pie, apple crisp, apple kutchen, apple brown betty, apple sauce, baked apples, apple dumplings, caramel apples…have I missed anything? LOL!

    Reply

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