If you don't have a favorite fall dessert or apple pie recipe you need one. This granny smith apple pie recipe is a keeper all year round. We'll show you how to make apple pie. This a simple apple pie recipe that anyone can make. No taking hours to soak your apples. The apple pie filling turns out perfectly.
The combination of sweet and tart and flakey goodness is perfection. Just look at it!
For this simple apple pie recipe you can make your own pie crust (we love Stef's pie crust recipe) or buy a double pie crust if you want. We love the homemade crust and it's really quick to make!
Granny Smith apple pies are best with a top crust. You can make them with fancy cutouts or just leave them plain. Isn't that little apple pie cutout adorable? If you have more than one pie on the counter it's an easy way to identify which one has the apple pie filling.
Make Granny Smith Apple Pie With A Meal!
Turn this recipe into a whole meal. It pairs well with:
- Main Dish: – Perfect way to cook a turkey!
- Side Dish: – I want to make these mashed potatoes with everything!
- Salad: – This classic side dish is colorful and full of flavor!
- Bread: – Make this with store bought french bread or french bread dough.
- Drink: – Yum! This is the perfect adult cider.
More Delicious Fall Desserts
If you're making more than one dessert these pair well with the apple pie!
BLACKBERRY DUMP CAKE
How To Choose Apple For A Simple Apple Pie Recipe
Baking apples are often different than the apples you'd choose to eat. We love the Granny Smith apple pie because of the apple's tartness. They hold up well after baking, which is important. We love the Pippin apple for the same reason. It's firmness makes it perfect for baking. It's highly aromatic, rich flavor is just what you want in a pie.
If you want something a little sweeter, try the Honeycrisp apple. It is extra crisp and holds up well after baking, too. I also love baking with the Golden Delicious apple. It's sweet and bakes well but will become a little softer than some other varieties when baked.
Apple Pie Filling Ingredients:
- Apples: We recommend Granny Smith or Pippin but see my list above for additional favorites. You can use a combination of apples as well.
- Lemon: You'll need a little lemon juice to prevent the apples from turning brown. Fresh or bottled is fine.
- Sugar: We use granulated sugar in this pie. If you prefer, you can use a combination of brown and white sugar.
- Flour: Use a regular all-purpose flour.
- Spices: Nutmeg and cinnamon are requirements for a good apple pie. Don't forget a dash of salt.
- Butter: You'll just need a little butter but it makes a big difference.
This apple pie recipe requires two pie crusts as well. Make you own or buy them.
Possible Granny Smith Apple Pie Variations
- Carmel Apple Pie: Drizzle a little over the finished pie. Yum!
- Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust: Mix 1 cup of granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon. Spread 1 tablespoon of softened butter onto your rectangular shaped rolled out pie crust then distribute half your cinnamon and sugar on top (you'll do this for 2 pie crusts). Next, roll the dough into a log shape, Pinch the ends to seal it up then wrap in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour. Next, slice each log into ½”-thick rounds. Then flour the rolling surface and arrange the cinnamon roll rounds into a tight circle. Lightly flour and roll it out to a round pie crust. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Cranberry Apple Pie: Omit come apple and add 2 cups of cranberries to your apple pie filling.
- Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie:If you love cheese and apples try this cheddar crust with your apple pie filling.
How to Make Apple Pie Gluten Free
I love a good gluten free flour mix as a substitute for all purpose flour. I usually Use Cup 4 Cup or King Arthur's brands of gluten free flour mix. Sometimes a dessert needs more than that to make the gluten free version work well. Try this gluten free pie crust recipe (or buy a gluten free crust) and substitute your gluten free flour for the flour in this recipe.
How to Make Apple Pie Vegan/Dairy Free
How to Make Granny Smith Apple Pie:
Step 1:Peel, remove cores, and slice the apples.
Step 2: When you learn how to make apple pie you'll learn this is an important step not to skip. Squeeze lemon juice over the apples and toss to prevent browning.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare one unbaked pie crust by rolling and fitting it into a 9" pie plate.
Step 4: It's time to make the apple pie filling! Add sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt to the apples and toss to combine well.
Step 5: Let's make the pie! Pour apple mixture into a prepared, unbaked pie crust.
Step 6: Cut butter into small pieces and place over the top of the apple mixture.
Step 7: Roll out second unbaked pie crust and center over the top of the pie. Seal top and bottom crusts together around the edges.
Step 8: Sprinkle the top of the simple apple pie with additional sugar, if desired. Cut slits (or a cute shape) into the top of the pie to allow the steam to escape while cooking.
Step 9: Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the pie is bubbling and the crust is golden brown. Protect the crusts of the pie with strips of aluminum foil to prevent them from over-browning.
Step 10: Allow pie to cool completely before slicing.
FAQ About Granny Smith Apple Pie
The FDA will tell you that it will last 3-4 days but for the best taste you'll want to eat it within 2 days.
Once your pie is completely cool, double wrap in aluminum foil. Label then freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator.
We're firm believers in just eating smaller portions rather than sacrificing taste. But if you must, use less sugar or a sugar substitute and omit the butter.
- 6 cups sliced apples - Granny Smith or Pippin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½-3/4 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 unbaked pie crusts
- Peel, remove cores, and slice the apples.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare one unbaked pie crust by rolling and fitting it into a 9" pie plate.
- Squeeze lemon juice over the apples and toss to prevent browning.
- Add sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt to the apples and toss to combine well.
- Pour apple mixture into a prepared, unbaked pie crust.
- Cut butter into small pieces and place over the top of the apple mixture.
- Roll out second unbaked pie crust and center over the top of the pie. Seal top and bottom crusts together around the edges.
- Sprinkle the top of the pie with additional sugar, if desired. Cut slits (or a cute shape) into the top of the pie to allow the steam to escape while cooking.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the pie is bubbling and the crust is golden brown. Protect the crusts of the pie with strips of aluminum foil to prevent them from over-browning.
- Allow pie to cool completely before slicing. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.