Classic apple pie with a perfectly flaky and crispy yet tender crust.
Keyword apple pie, classic apple pie, homemade pie crust
Prep Time 1hour30minutes
Cook Time 1hour
Total Time 2hours30minutes
Author Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird
For the Crust:
2½cupsunbleached all purpose flour
1½teaspoonssugarmore to sprinkle on finished top
1teaspoonsalt (I use Kosher salteven for baking)
½cup(1 stick) chilled unsalted butter(I actually like salted Kerrygold for this crust)
½cupchilled lard½-inch pieces
1tablespoonegg and 1 tablespoon milk or waterfor egg wash
For the Filling:
3-4poundsapplespeeled, cored and sliced (Jonagold, Jonathan, Golden Delicious or a mix of 2 - 3 apple varieties)
1tablespooncinnamonor to taste
1tablespoonbutterto dot pie filling
Make crust. In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar and salt to blend. Add cubed butter and lard and pulse on/off until mixture resembles coarse meal. You should still see pieces of butter and lard. Transfer mixture to bowl and add 5 tablespoons of ice water. Mix with a fork until dough starts to clump together. If too dry, add more ice water by teaspoonfuls until you can gather dough into ball. Divide in half and flatten each half into a disc. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for AT LEAST 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425º. About 15 minutes or so before dough is ready to roll, make filling. In bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Sprinkle with flour and toss to combine.
In small dish, whisk together egg and milk, set aside.
Remove 1 disc of dough. Lightly flour work surface and rolling pin. Roll dough from center out, turning frequently and adding more flour if sticking. Transfer dough to glass pie dish and gently press into place. Trim excess dough but leave some overhang. Patch any holes or tears with dough scraps. Return to refrigerator while you roll the 2nd disc for the top.
As with the bottom, roll the top disc into a large round to top the pie. Remove bottom crust in the plate from refrigerator. Fill with apple mixture and then dot with 1 tablespoon butter.
Carefully place top crust over filling. If you can, try rolling the dough around the pin and then unroll it over the filling. Trim excess dough and roll under edges and crimp, with a fork or flute with thumb and index finger. Brush top and edges with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Using a small knife, cut 4 or 5 slits in top crust to vent.
Place pie on baking sheet and bake in middle of oven for 20 minutes. Turn heat down to 375º and continue baking until crust is browned and apples are tender, about 35 – 40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
While I used Jonagold, any baking apple will do. I’ve also heard that a mix of three varieties is a good way to go, like Jonathon, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp. They all have different textures and flavors.