Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

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This was my grandmother's apple pie recipe. I have never seen another one quite like it. It will always be my favorite and has won me several first place prizes in local competitions. I hope it becomes one of your favorites as well! Serve hot or cold at family dinners or during the holidays, topped with whipped cream or ice cream, or alongside a slice of Cheddar cheese.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 9-inch pie

Homemade apple pie is always a good idea — and if you're looking for the best apple pie recipe of all time, you've come to the right place. Grandma Ople's recipe is one of our most popular recipes ever. Try it today to learn what all the hype is about!

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople recipe on a gray pie plate
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How to Make Apple Pie

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Apple Pie Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients to make this top-rated apple pie recipe:

· Apples: This recipe calls for eight small Granny Smith apples.
· Butter and flour: The filling starts with butter and all-purpose flour cooked into a paste.
· Sugars: A blend of white and brown sugar creates the perfect sweet flavor with a hint of warmth.
· Pie crust: Use a store-bought double crust pie pastry or make your own at home.

Best Apples for Apple Pie

This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples for a couple reasons: Their firmness means they will hold their shape during cooking and their tart flavor perfectly balances out the sweetness of the sugar. Some bakers prefer using Granny Smith apples in combination with a slightly sweeter variety, such as Honeycrisp.

How to Make an Apple Pie

Here's a very brief overview of what you can expect when you make this old-fashioned apple pie at home:

1. Make the filling: On the stove, make a paste with flour and butter. Add the sugar and water and bring to a boil. Simmer, then remove from heat.
2. Assemble the pie: Press one crust into a pie plate. Place the sliced apples on the bottom crust. Use the top crust to make a lattice crust according to the recipe below. Pour the butter-sugar mixture over the lattice crust.
3. Bake the pie: Bake the pie in a preheated oven until the apples are soft and the crust is golden brown.

How Long to Bake Apple Pie

You'll bake the pie at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes, then you'll reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 35-45 minutes. All in all, the pie will bake for about one hour, give or take a few minutes. You'll know the pie is done when the apples are soft and the crust is a beautiful golden brown color.

a plated slice of apple pie is topped with a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Natalie T.

Does Apple Pie Need to Be Refrigerated?

Cover the cooled pie tightly with foil and store at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Learn more: How to Store Apple Pie

a lattice-topped apple pie with a slice cut out of it on a red, orange, and yellow tablecloth
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Can You Freeze Apple Pie?

Yes! Since this apple pie doesn't contain custard or cream, it will freeze quite nicely. Wrap the pie in two layers of plastic wrap and one layer of aluminum foil. Place it in an airtight container or cover in another layer of foil. Squeeze out the excess air and freeze for up to three months.

overhead view of Apple Pie by Grandma Ople recipe topped with a lattice crust and decorative pastry cutouts
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Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"After 40 years of apple pie-making and dozens of abandoned recipes, this one is a keeper," raves Rita Ryan. "It's become a big hit at holiday feasts and my pie receives frequent invitations to parties and I get to go along too!"

"This is my go-to apple pie recipe," says Jessica Peyton. "I follow the recipe exactly except I stir part of the sauce into the apples before assembling the pie. There's still plenty of sauce to cover the top crust . Everyone raves about it."

"Pouring the sauce on the outside was a leap of faith, but so worth it, it makes the top crust slightly crispy and tastes like a churro," according to one Allrecipes community member.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

  • 8 small Granny Smith apples, or as needed

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 (9 inch) double-crust pie pastry, thawed

Directions

  1. Peel and core apples, then thinly slice. Set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir to form a paste; cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add both sugars and water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  4. Press one pastry into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Roll out remaining pastry so it will overhang the pie by about 1/2 inch. Cut pastry into eight 1-inch strips.

  5. Place sliced apples into the bottom crust, forming a slight mound. Lay four pastry strips vertically and evenly spaced over apples, using longer strips in the center and shorter strips at the edges.

  6. Make a lattice crust: Fold the first and third strips all the way back so they're almost falling off the pie. Lay one of the unused strips perpendicularly over the second and fourth strips, then unfold the first and third strips back into their original position.

  7. Fold the second and fourth vertical strips back. Lay one of the three unused strips perpendicularly over top. Unfold the second and fourth strips back into their original position.

  8. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to weave in the last two strips of pastry. Fold and trim excess dough at the edges as necessary, and pinch to secure.

  9. Slowly and gently pour sugar-butter mixture over lattice crust, making sure it seeps over sliced apples. Brush some onto lattice, but make sure it doesn't run off the sides.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking until apples are soft, 35 to 45 minutes.

    a plated slice of apple pie is topped with a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream.
    Natalie T

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
19g Fat
52g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 156mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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