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Semi-Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

This delicious apple pie recipe uses pie filling made from scratch and Pillsbury's already made pie crust. You can have a freshly baked, semi-homemade apple pie in no time.

Homemade apple pie is a sure sign of Fall and the Holidays that follow. There are many apple pie recipes, and I've tried a few. I always go back to the traditional recipe my mother and grandmother made, with one minor change, I use an already made pie crust. It saves time and makes the process so much easier. If I had to make pie crust I probably wouldn't bake the pie at all. Making the filling for apple pie comes together quickly and is the most delicious part of the pie. As long as the filling is homemade that's all that matters to me.

Apple pie filling is easy to make but some recipes are too sweet, too tart, or dry. The recipe I'm sharing today is perfect with just the right amount of sweetness and juiciness. The taste of your apple pie also depends on the type of apples you will use, some apples are sweeter than others and some are tart. Certain apples are better to bake with, while others are better for applesauce, and apple butter.

The best apples to use for apple pie

Honey Crisp- Honeycrisp apples are known for their honey-sweet flavor and are juicer than most apples, making them a perfect apple for a juicy apple pie.

Golden Delicious- Golden Delicious apples are juicy and sweet with a crisp texture. Golden delicious apples are perfect for apple pie and apple crisp because of their crisp texture they won't turn soggy.

Granny Smith- Granny Smith apples are tart apples, they hold their shape well and don't get soggy making them a perfect apple for apple tart, applesauce, and apple pie if you prefer a more tart pie.

Cortland Apples- Cortland apples are a perfect mixture of sweet and tart. Cortland apples are very juicy making them an ideal apple for baking. They are softer apples and may not hold their shape as well as Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith but the flavor will make up for it.

Tips for baking apple pie

- Purchase an apple slicer/core remover. This tool makes the process easier and is inexpensive.

Apple/ core slicer linked here

-Be sure to poke or slice the crust before baking if you are not using a lattice crust.

-I never have a problem with soggy crust on the bottom of the pie when I use an egg wash on the crust before adding the apple filling. You can also pre-bake the bottom crust.

What You Will Need

6 - 8 apples thinly sliced or cubed ( the amount of apples depends on the size of the apples

¾ cup of sugar

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

½ to 1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp butter

How To Make Apple Pie

1. Thinly slice 6-8 apples

2. Combine, apples, flour, cinnamon, and sugar in a bowl.


3. Mix well until combined and the apples produce juice.

4. Place the pre-made pie crust in a buttered pie dish. Apply an egg wash to the bottom pie crust, this will prevent the bottom layer of crust from getting soggy.

What is an egg wash? An egg wash is a mixture of beaten eggs and milk or water. The egg wash is then put on pastries before baking, giving the pastries a golden brown color and shine. Egg wash can also be used to hold pastry dough together like glue.

5. Add the apple filling to the pie dish, and place the tbsp of butter in the center. Place the top crust on the pie and use a knife to place three slits in the middle. If you like a lattice crust simply cut the pre-made into strips.


6. Optional, brush an egg wash on the top layer of the pie crust. An egg wash will give the pie crust a shiny golden brown finish.

7. Bake the pie for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

How to make an egg wash?

1 large egg

1 tablespoon of milk, water, or cream.

Whisk the egg and milk until well mixed

Using a pastry brush apply the egg wash to the pastry

I hope you have found useful information in today's post. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Thank You For Stopping By Lia Rose Simply Home!



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Hello, my name is Wendy I live in upstate NY with my husband and four children. Now that my children are getting older I have some extra time to share my experiences, recipes, traditions and life tips.

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