How to Make: All-American Apple Pie

While I love to bake, and have made my share of crisps, tarts, cobblers and other fruit desserts, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the double-crust pie. So when my daughter asked to make a classic apple pie for Thanksgiving, I thought, No time like the present to tackle the double-crust together.

It was fun! The result was a particularly yummy apple pie, a wonderful afternoon in the kitchen, a little pride, and the desire to bake all kinds of things with our newfound double-crusting ability.

Here’s how you can make a classic apple pie.

For the crust:

2 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, chilled and cut in small pieces
5 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
6 Tbsp. ice water

For the filling:

1/2 – 3/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. lemon peel
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 lbs. apples (approx. 5), cored, peeled and cut into thin slices.
(Galas or other less sweet cooking apples are a good choice.)
2 Tbsp. butter

Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel and lemon juice and let sit until the crust is prepared.


Stir flour, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl.

Add butter and shortening and, working quickly with a pastry blender or fingertips, combine until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Sprinkle on ice water, approx. 2 Tsbp. at a time, until dough sticks together.

Roll into a ball and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Remove dough from refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 425.

Divide dough into pieces of 1/3 and 2/3 of the original.

On floured surface, roll large dough piece with a rolling pin until it is approx. 1/4 inch thick and large enough to fit into the pie plate bottom and sides.

Gently work dough into the bottom of the pie plate. There should be a little bit of overhang over the lip of the plate.

Fill with desired filling into a fairly rounded shape.

To fill with apples, make one layer of apple slices. Slices can overlap. Then sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Add another layer of apples and sprinkle. Repeat if desired. When the last layer is done, dot at intervals with small pieces of butter.

Roll out the remaining dough until it is approx. 1/4 inch thick and place it over the filling. Prick dough with a fork to let air out while the pie is cooking or cut out decorative shapes with a cookie cutter. (You can do this step while the dough is still on the work surface. You have to then place the top crust dough fairly evenly over the filling.) If you’d like, you can make decorative fork marks around the outside of the crust.


Bake for approx. 40  minutes or until the crust is slightly browned and the fruit mixture is soft, even liquid in places.

Serve and enjoy!

Your pie may not last long! But you’ll be such an expert that you can whip up another.

Photos by Susan Sachs Lipman

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11 responses to “How to Make: All-American Apple Pie

  1. Oh Yum! I’m just wondering whether this is best served with cream, ice-cream or custard? Thoughts from all welcome!

  2. I’m impressed, Suz! I cop out with the ready-made rolled crusts, which taste great, but probably not nearly as good as yours. Good for you for tackling this challenge — and having fun doing it!

  3. I guess I make a good Apple pie. My hostesses dog ate mine off the table and left the other two(that I didn’t make) for the guests!

  4. Hello Juliet, Amy and Sue! Thank you for your nice comments.

    Hmm, Juliet – I think you can’t beat a good vanilla ice cream with apple pie, especially if the pie is warm. I’m open to other suggestions, too!

    Amy, perhaps I have inspired you to try this? After many years being intimidated, it really was easy and satisfying. Have kids help!

    And, Sue, that is very funny. Sounds like a discriminating dog to me! (Are you a pie baker in addition to your other creative talents?)

  5. That pie looks yummy! And the snow effect on your photos is cool.

    • Thank you so much, Mel! It’s always great to see you. I love the snow, too. It’s something that WordPress offers each December. When it showed up automatically yesterday it caught me by delighted surprise! Hope you’re enjoying the season.

  6. Well, I am impressed. It looks super delicious to me! Love the acorn on top!

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