Easy Apple Pie has a thick layer of seasoned apples in a flaky pie crust. This satisfying dessert is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients.
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Perfect for when you need a quick dessert for any occasion. I’ll whip this up when I feel an urge to satisfy my sweet tooth!
No top crust which is one of the reasons it’s quick and easy to make. I like to serve with real whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Although I love a homemade-from-scratch-pie, I will use store-bought ingredients like those used in this recipe. Why? Quick and easy to make and tastes great!
To learn more about making a homemade golden brown pie crust, read this informative article by Martha Stewart.
Apple Pie Facts
According to Smithsonian Magazine, the first apple pie recipe wasn’t created in America.
The first recorded apple pie recipe was written in 1381 in England. It called for figs, raisins, pears, and saffron in addition to apples.
The early apple pie recipes didn’t include sugar. There are also recipes for Dutch apple pies as far back as 1514.
Cinnamon is an optional ingredient because my aunt and I are not big fans. Yes, it is a popular popular spice in apple pies.
However, we prefer vanilla extract and nutmeg. Tastes wonderful in apple pie!
Use whatever you prefer. One of the reasons I love cooking and baking is a recipe can be adjusted to suit personal preferences. How cool is that?!
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.
Easy Apple Pie
- 1 pie crust Homemade or store-bought.
- 2 cans (20 oz. each) apple pie filling
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Or use ground cinnamon.
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 medium egg plus 1 tablespoon water, beaten Egg wash for pie crust.
- real whipped cream for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pierce bottom of unbaked pie crust with fork. Place in hot oven for 5-7 minutes or until crust is puffy.
- While pie crust is in oven, empty apple pie filling into a bowl. Add vanilla extract, nutmeg (or use cinnamon), sugar, and melted/unsalted butter.
- Apples are tender. To avoid breaking, gently toss to combine.
- Remove pie crust from oven. Pour in apple mixture. Brush edges of pie crust with egg wash.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes OR until apples are bubbly and crust is golden brown.
- After baking, serve hot or allow pie to cool and serve topped with real whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.