Mark's Favorite Classic Double-Crust Apple Pie

"Tart apples and sweet ones come together in this all-American favorite. Prep time includes cooling. Using your food processor to slice the apples will save time in preparation."
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • For crust: Whisk flour and salt in large bowl to blend.
  • Add butter and shortening and rub in with fingertips until very coarse meal forms.
  • Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons water; toss until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if mixture is dry.
  • Gather dough into ball; divide in half.
  • Flatten into disks.
  • Wrap in plastic; chill at least 1 hour.
  • (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated. Soften slightly at room temperature before using.) For filling: Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spray 9-inch-diameter deep-dish glass pie dish with nonstick spray.
  • Stir all apples, 3/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and vanilla in large bowl to blend.
  • Let stand until juices form, about 15 minutes.
  • Mix in flour.
  • Roll out 1 dough disk on lightly floured surface to 12-inch round.
  • Place dough in prepared pie dish.
  • Spoon in filling; dot with butter.
  • Roll out second dough disk to 13-inch round.
  • Using small bottle cap, cut out ten 1/2-inch-diameter circles from dough for decoration; discard circles.
  • Drape dough over filling.
  • Seal top and bottom crust edges together; trim to 1/2-inch overhang.
  • Fold overhang under; crimp decoratively.
  • Brush pie with milk.
  • Combine remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and large pinch of cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle over pie.
  • Transfer pie to baking sheet; place in oven.
  • Immediately reduce temperature to 375°F.
  • Bake pie until crust is golden brown, apples are tender and filling is bubbling thickly, covering edge with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour.
  • Cool 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover loosely; store at room temperature.).

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  1. Karen=^..^=
    I don't feel like I can rate this completely yet, because I made a MAJOR error while making the crust and it did not come out right. However, the filling was absolutely delicious and my husband practically ate all of it (after dismantling my horrible crust :). I plan to make this again soon and will come back and revise my review. NOTE: My crust came out really wet before adding the water, so I added NO water. Recently found out that water is ESSENTIAL or the crust comes out dry and powdery...which is exactly what I ended up with! So, thank you Bev, for this recipe, I know it will be great once I get to the store for the ingredients to make it again. UPDATE: Ok, I made this again and did not screw up the crust this time! My crust still came out too wet, so I added additional flour and made sure I ADDED THE WATER. This pie is definitely worth the effort and I am probably going to have to call it "Tim's Favorite Classic Double-Crust Apple Pie" because my husband is crazy over it. Thanks again, Bev!
  2. JefferyBeans
    A religious experience!!
  3. rbalcom
    This recipe is awesome....crust flaky and delicious..filling just the right combination of spices. Easy 8 yo daughter made this with my help...a keeper !!
  4. GourmetChris
    I didn't use this crust, but the filling was to die for! Bravo!
  5. Roxygirl in Colorado
    I was in the mood for a classic apple pie, one without a lot of thickeners, too. I used a mix of Farmer's Market Golden Delicious abd s Granny Apples. I used a different crust but I'll try yours next time. Served this ala mode with Hershey's vanilla ice cream. Roxygirl



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