The Best Apple Pie
Recipe type: Pie
Cuisine: Dessert
This is the perfect apple pie. We have tested and retested crust recipes, filling recipes, baking times and so much more! We did all the work so you can enjoy the best slice of apple pie!
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2½ sticks of butter, (20 tbsp) frozen
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 apples, peeled, cored, sliced into ¼ inch thick slices (A mix of sweet and tart, both firm apples)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp butter, cubed
  • Finishing Touch:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • Coarse sugar for sprinking
  2. Whisk flour, sugar and salt
  3. Using a box grater, grate the sticks of butter into the flour mixture
  4. Using your hands, lightly mix the flour and grated butter together
  5. Add in sour cream, and once again, using your hands or a fork, lightly press the mixture together
  6. If the mixture still seems too dry, add more sour cream
  7. Shape into two discs
  8. Flour a work surface
  9. Gently roll out the bottom crust and place into deep 9 inch pie dish
  10. Trim edges
  11. Place in fridge to chill for 30 minutes
  12. Wrap second disc in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator
  14. Toss apples, lemon juice, flour, sugar and spices together in a bowl.
  15. Add fruit into chilled pie crust. Dot with butter.
  17. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  18. Roll out second crust on a floured surface into a 12 inch circle and place over fruit in the pie
  19. Pinch the edges together. Trim excess. Crimp edges.
  20. In a small bowl, beat one egg yolk and 2 tbsp heavy cream. Brush over top crust.
  21. Sprinkle a few pinches of coarse sugar over the top
  22. Poke a few decorative holes in the top to vent.
  23. Place pie dish on a baking sheet to avoid dripping in oven.
  24. Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 20 minutes until crust is golden
  25. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees
  26. Continue baking about 25 minutes or until crust is deep golden and juices are bubbling
  27. Let cool completely before slicing
  28. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream.
Recipe by Girl and Her Kitchen at