Perfect Apple Pie!

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
YIELD: 1 pie




  • Prepare a double pie crust as directed.
  • Roll out one disk on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle and place the pastry in the pie plate.
  • Gently press the dough into sides pie plate leaving an overhang of crust.
  • Refrigerate while preparing the apple filling.
  • Set oven rack to the second-lowest position and heat to 425 degrees.
  • Peel, core and slice the apples into 1/2-inch slices (no larger than 1/2-inch).
  • Place in a bowl and gently toss the apples with the fresh lemon juice.
  • In a small bowl combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg (if using).
  • Add the sugar mixture to the apples and toss well to coat.
  • Transfer the apple mixture into the chilled prepared crust and mound the apples slightly in the center.
  • Dot with 2 tablespoons butter.
  • Roll out the second pastry, and place over filling.
  • Flute the edges together.
  • Make several slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape (if the pie dough is too soft, place in the freezer for 10 minutes).
  • Whisk an egg white with a fork, and brush onto top of crust.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Place on a cookie sheet to catch any spills.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees (leave the pie in the oven and do not open the oven door) continue baking for about another 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is deep golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 4 hours before slicing the pie.
  • TO MAKE PIE WITH CRUMB TOPPING: in a bowl combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon; mix well with a spoon.
  • Add in 1/2 cup COLD butter (no subs) cut into small chunks and mix together with your fingers to combine well.
  • Add in some chopped walnuts if desired.
  • Place in the fridge while preparing the pie.
  • Make the pie filling exactly as directed, and dot with 2-3 tablespoons of butter before sprinkling on the topping.
  • Bake as directed, but cover with foil the least 15 minutes of baking.