Easy Apple Pie for Beginners

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This recipe for easy apple pie takes most of the daunting steps out of a good pie and turns them into a simple process. Plus, there's a lattice top!

It’s my apple pie…Looks so good makes a grown man cry…easy apple pie!

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Yes, I know they were talking about Cherry Pie…and not actual “cherry pie” but I digress. Last night, I did the unthinkable: I made my first apple pie.

I’ve done Pioneer Woman’s apple dumplings, and I’ve sauteed apple slices with sugar and cinnamon. I’ve even made cran-apple slab pie, but I was scared to make a legit apple pie. To go all the way.

I took the leap and it was heavenly, and I can deem it an easy pie recipe because I actually accomplished making it without burning the house down.  I love the process of making this and how it’s different than the usual way apple pie is made.

You’re making a lazy version of caramel, and then pouring it in between the lattice holes of the pie crust. What results is a pie that eerily resembles those caramel apples we get during pumpkin picking season. Divine.

By the way, please don’t make fun of my lattice skills…I’m still a novice.

Easy Apple Pie

serves 8


  • 1 recipe for pie crust (I used PW’s recipe, and just used 2 of the 3 discs)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 8 to 10 Granny Smith apples; peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional)
  • zest and juice of one lemon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and then stir in flour to form a paste.
Add the water, white sugar and brown sugar, iodized salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Place sliced apples into a bowl and toss with lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Place the bottom crust in the pan.
Fill with the seasoned apples, mounded slightly.
Cover with a lattice work of crust.
Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust and through the lattice holes. Pour it slowly so that it does not run off.
Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking for 35 minutes or until the apples are soft.
Let it sit for about an hour; this is the hard part.
Cut up and enjoy your sweet apple pie!

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  1. 3.27.09
    Precious said:

    If that is your first pie, you would not want to see mine after all these years! Yours looks much better! 🙂

    I bake when it is a necessity but have never wanted to master it. Love to cook but hate to bake. My sons always did the baking.

    Sp congrats on that pie. It looks so scrumptious!

  2. 3.27.09

    That pie looks like heaven and sounds perfectly divine! If you want to see some cracy lattice work on a pie, let me make one at 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning…. I still remember how bad it looked, and how tired I was!

  3. 3.27.09

    If there is any leftover, I am putting your address from the docs into my GPS and coming over 🙂

  4. 3.27.09
    Frances said:

    That looks and sounds delicious!!

  5. 3.27.09
    Jaelyn said:


  6. 3.27.09
    slugmama said:

    I am so glad I read your post today. I took a bag of frozen homemade apple pie filling out to defrost in the fridge and forgot about it!ack
    Off to bake me an applie pie too…

    And your 1st Pie looks AWESOME!!!
    Don’t worry about the lattice work, that will come with experience. Just tell everyone you made a RUSTIC Applie Pie and no one will be the wiser.lol

  7. 3.27.09

    I have never even attempted lattice on a pie. I do a whole crust or a crumble crust. I daresay yours looks better than what I would create!

  8. 3.28.09
    FelixHyl said:

    I think your pie looks devine. I love to bake, but I’ve never tried to do the lattice work.

    I’m really intrigued by the recipe, because I always let the apple sit with sugar to draw out the juices. but here you’ve done something totally different I think I gonna try it!

  9. 3.28.09
    nidena said:

    An imperfect lattice makes a pie look that much more tempting. It’s saying “I’m not perfect, you CAN cut into me and have a slice…or two…or three.”

  10. 3.28.09
    Amiyrah said:

    lol@ nidena!

  11. 3.29.09
    Donna Freedman said:

    I have never attempted lattice. I am so impressed that you did that.
    OK everybody — pie at Amiyrah’s place! I’ll bring some vanilla ice cream.

  12. 3.31.09
    Shelly said:

    It looks delicious! I think I’ll have to try this one. I’ve made two pies, one was pretty good and the other was horrible. I’ve never tried to do lattice work though.

  13. 7.20.09
    melissar said:

    It’s my apple pie – what a wonderful thing.