A homemade Southern apple pie recipe featuring fresh apples sweetened with our own custom spice blend and baked in a tender crust.
It’s a dessert that Kim and I have been making for years. She makes the filling and I make the crust.
Her apple pie filling consists of fresh apples, lemon juice, 2 kinds of sugar, and a custom spice blend.
My crust recipe is made with only 4 ingredients and with a few tips, it’s a no-fuss, no-fail pie crust.
How to make a Southern apple pie?
First things first, you have to start with the crust. Hopefully, you have a food processor. Because, that’s the easiest way to make a homemade pie crust.
Homemade pie crust:
First, cut the cold butter into small squares. Next, add the flour to the food processor. After that, add in the butter and salt. Go ahead and pulse the ingredients a few times.
You should end up with a sandy mixture that has little pebbles of cold butter throughout. Now, start adding the cold water 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Be sure to (pulse) mix the dough every time you add more water.
Because, you only want to add enough water to pull the dough together. Once it’s starts to form into a large mass, stop adding water.
Remove the dough from the appliance and cut in half. Form it into 2 equal-sized balls. Wrap the balls in plastic wrap and place them into the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
Last, when the time has passed, remove 1 ball of dough from the fridge. Roll it out into a 10-11 inch sized circle.
Also, the circle should be about a 1/3-inch thick. You have two options, you can dust a counter-top with flour and roll the dough out on the counter.
Or, you can place the dough between 2 large pieces of parchment or wax paper and roll it out. That method keeps your counter-tops clean.
Either way, once you’re done, place the crust into the pie dish. Press it into place and set the pie dish aside.
This recipe is a modified version of our homemade pie crust on our sister site, Berly’s Kitchen.
Homemade Apple Pie Filling:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. and core, peel, and slice the apples. Afterward, place the apple slices into a large mixing bowl. Pour the lemon juice over the apples.
Doing so will prevent them from browning. Now, toss the apples with the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Then, once the apples are coated with dry ingredients, transfer them to the pie crust. Sprinkle the pieces of butter over the apples.
Grab the 2nd ball of dough from the fridge and roll it out into a large circle that covers the top of the pie.
Place it over the apples and crimp the 2 pie crusts together to form a tight seam. Trim away and discard any excess dough
Using a sharp knife, cut 4 slits into the top of the pie. Another option is to cut the 2nd pie crust into strips and make a lattice pattern.
Either way, when your down topping the pie, grab a second bowl. In that bowl, whisk together the cracked egg and water.
Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash (egg and water mixture). Place the pie into the oven to bake.
It needs to bake for 45-55 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
Last, remove the pie from the oven and let it cool for at least 1-hour before slicing.
That’s it, your homemade Southern apple pie recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂
- Use a food processor to prepare the dough. It makes the process much easier and saves you a lot of work. To keep your counter-tops clean, roll the dough out between 2 large pieces of parchment or wax paper.
- Lattice work can be tricky. Kim learned how to do it by watching a video from Feast and Farm Cooks. Watch the video for her blackberry pie. She starts the lattice work at 5:10 mark. Click the link to be taken to her video.
- This is a long recipe, so I recommend starting it early. You can always make the crusts in advance and store them in your fridge for up to 3-days. Alternatively, you can make the crusts weeks in advance and freeze the homemade pie crusts. When stored properly, they will hold in your freezer for up to 2 months. Just be sure to thaw them in your fridge before baking.
- What are the best apples for apple pie? Personally, I use whatever I can find. Granny Smiths, Golden Delicious, and Braeburn are all great options for a Southern apple pie recipe.
Other dessert recipes you may love:
- 3 Lbs. Apples, cored, peeled and cut into ½ inch slices (About 6-8 medium to large Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Honeycrisp varieties.)
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- ¼ Cup All-purpose flour
- ⅓ Cup Granulated Sugar
- ⅓ Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 16 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter (2 sticks, cold, cubed)
- 1 ½ Teaspoons Sea Salt
- 8-10 Tablespoons Water (ice cold)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Water
Using a food processor, pulse together the flour, butter, and sea salt. The texture should look like wet sand with pebbles.
Begin adding the water, while pulsing, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue adding water until the dough comes together.
Remove the dough from the appliance and separate it into 2 equal sized balls. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place them into your fridge for 1-hour.
After the hour has passed, remove 1 ball from the fridge and place it between 2 large pieces of parchment or wax paper.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a 10-11 inch circle (⅓ inch thick). Place the crust into the pie dish, pushing it down into the pan. It’s okay if the crust hangs over the edge a little. You’ll crimp it into place later.
Pie Filling and Assembly:
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Place the apple slices in a large bowl, and add lemon juice as you slice to keep them from browning.
Add the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss to combine. Transfer the apples to the pie dish, and dot with the cubed butter.
Roll out the 2nd ball of dough and place it over the top to create the top crust. Crimp the 2 crusts together. Cut 3 to 4 slits in the top for venting. Another option is to cut the second pie crust into strips for a lattice top. Check out this blackberry pie video at the 5:10 mark for some great instructions on how to make a lattice top.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon of water to make the egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the top pie crust. Place the pie on a foil lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup in case is spills over).
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the crust is browned and the filling is bubbly. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for at least an hour or more before serving; otherwise, the filling will run out of the crust and won’t set.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or at room temperature for up to 3 days.
The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1-slice of the Southern apple pie. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 586Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 415mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 6gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g
*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.