Old-Fashioned Apple Pie Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 160 MINUTES

2 ratings
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  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks) cold, cut into pieces
  • 4 tablespoons ice water, (up to 6 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 6 large apples, Braeburn, Granny Smith and Fuji, peeled, halved, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold, cut into small pieces


Step 1

To make the crust, put the 2 1/4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor; pulse until blended. Add the unsalted butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. Add 4 tablespoons of the ice water and pulse 3 or 4 times.

Step 2

The dough should hold together when squeezed with your fingers, but should not be sticky. If it is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until the mixture just begins to come together. Do not over process.

Step 3

Gather the dough into a ball and cut in half. Pat each half into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour or overnight.

Step 4

To make the filling, combine the apples, 1/2 cup sugar, light brown sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon flour, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; toss until well mixed.

Step 5

Position the rack in bottom third of oven and preheat the oven to 400°F.

Step 6

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disk of dough to a 12-inch round; ease into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Trim the excess dough flush with the edge of the pie plate. Reserve the trimmings for decorating the pie.

Step 7

Spoon the filling into the crust and dot with 6 tablespoons cold butter cut into small pieces. Roll out the remaining disk of dough to a 12-inch round. Place over the filling, trimming the crust flush with the edge of the pie plate. Press the edges to seal.

Step 8

Gather the reserved trimmings and divide into 9 pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-inch long rope, braiding three ropes together at a time.

Step 9

Brush the crust lightly with some of the egg wash and secure the braids along the edge of the crust, stretching or cutting to fit.

Step 10

Sprinkle the top of the pie with the remaining 1 teaspoon sugar. Cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Step 11

Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly, about 1 hour longer, depending on the type of apples used. If the crust begins to brown too quickly, cover the rim of the pie with strips of aluminum foil. Cool the pie on a rack at least 3 hours before serving.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie


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2 Reviews

Shirl-Lynn 12/29/2014
This recipe was

This recipe was really good. I made this recipe as our Christmas desert. The day it was made it tasted okay, because the lemon juice was very prominent to the taste buds. However, the following day it tasted amazing. FYI: As I rate this recipe I notice that the picture of the old fashioned apple pie has confectioners sugar (aka powdered sugar) sprinkled on top of the pie, but in step 10 the recipe says to sprinkle 1 tbs of sugar on top of the pie. The ingredients to the recipe only states granulated sugar, so therefore I used granulated sugar when I made this recipe. Instead in step 10 it should specify to use 1 tbs of confectioners sugar (aka powdered sugar) to coincide with the photo representing this recipe. Overall I grade this recipe as an "A+.

Elaine 12/17/2014
Amazing Paula. Y

Amazing Paula. Yum!!

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