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How To Make Perfect Apple Pie From Scratch Step-By-Step

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If you never made a real homemade apple pie from scratch before, the task of making an apple pie might seem complicated.  These step-by-step instructions will make baking the apple pie really easy! In fact, you can use these step-by-step pictures and instructions for making any kind of double-crust fruit pie.

baked apple pie - fresh out of the oven!

For the detailed ingredients of this apple pie, see the best apple pie recipe.

Step 1 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Make The Dough

The first thing you need when making an apple pie is to make the dough for the pie crust.  Follow my very easy recipe for making pie crust dough in the food processor. With the help of the food processor, making your own pie dough from scratch takes just 5 minutes!

Prepare the dough according to the food processor pie crust recipe, shape it into 2 disks and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Here’s the picture of the 2 disks of dough in the ziploc bags, ready to go to the refrigerator:

pie crust dough disks refrigerated in a ziploc bag

Step 2 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Roll The Bottom Crust

Put the disk of pie dough on a floured surface.  Roll it with a rolling pin until it makes a 12-inch circle.  Yes, I use a ruler to measure it 🙂

Here’s the picture of a dough disk:
disk of pie dough

Here’s the picture of it getting rolled with a rolling pin:

rolling the pie dough with a rolling pin

And here’s the picture of the rolled dough circle that will be a bottom crust.  Notice some imperfections – if the dough tears, just fix it by pinching the dough with your fingers 🙂
pie dough rolled into a circle

Step 3 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Put The Bottom Crust In A Pie Pan

Spay the non-stick 9-inch round pie pan with a cooking spray, or grease it with butter. Put the dough circle than you just rolled into a pie pan.  Press the dough into the sides of the pan, forming a bottom crust.

Here’s the picture of the brand new bottom crust:

pie dough bottom crust in a pie pan

Put the pie pan in the refrigerator while you  prepare the apple pie filling.

Step 4 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Make The Apple Pie Filling

Peel and slice the apples.  Sprinkle the apple slices with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.  Toss to combine.

Here’s the picture of the apple pie filling – apple slices tossed with sugar and spices:
apple pie filling

Step 5 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Put The Filling Into The Bottom Crust

Put the apple slices into the pie pan, into the bottom crust.

Here’s the picture of the apple filling added to the pie pan:
apple pie filling added to the apple pie

Step 6 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Roll Out The Top Crust

Put the second dough disk on a floured surface and roll it into an 11-inch circle.

rolling the top crust dough

Step 7 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Add The Top Crust

Carefully lift the dough circle and put it on top of the apple pie.

Here’s the picture of the top crust added to the apple pie:adding the top crust to the apple pie

Step 8 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Seal The Edges

Pinch the edges of the pie, so the top and bottom crusts are sealed together.  Go around the pie, pinching the dough together.  Here’s the picture of the process:

pinching the edges of the apple pie to seal

Here’s the apple pie with sealed edges:

sealed apple pie

Step 9 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Brush, Sprinkle and Cut The Slits

Brush the top of the apple pie with the whisked egg white.  Sprinkle with some sugar.  Cut 4 slits in the top crust.

cut the slits in the apple pie top crust

Step 10 Of How To Make Apple Pie: Bake The Pie

Put the apple pie in a preheated oven and bake 20 minutes at 425F and another 30 minutes at 375F.

Enjoy your freshly baked homemade apple pie!  For a complete recipe, don’t forget to check out my easy apple pie recipe.

homemade baked apple pie

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  1. Tina@flourtrader
    Tina@flourtrader says:

    Your apple pie does look delicious! I really do need to start working with pastry and pies more often. Your tutorial here does make it look easy as well as inspiring. I always worry about over browning or the crust shrinking or forming big bubbles. Your are welcome in my kitchen anytime Melanie-great post!

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