Easy Homemade Apple Pie

Bake the perfect homemade apple pie without any fuss using our quick and easy recipe. Make it entirely from scratch or take some of our cheats shortcuts!

A slice of homemade apple pie topped with ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

When it comes to desserts, this simple homemade apple pie is one of our 5 most popular recipes along with apple crumble, butterscotch pudding, Baileys cheesecake and New York baked cheesecake! You can follow our recipe and make it entirely from scratch (which is super easy) or take some of our time-saving shortcuts. 

A sweet homemade pie with caramel sauce in the background.

Homemade Apple Pie Recipe From Scratch

It can sound a little daunting to make an apple pie completely from scratch… but I promise that you wont believe how easy it is!

There’s two parts to making an apple pie – the pastry and the filling. While they’re a tiny bit more time consuming than the cheats version (see notes below), the end result is well worth it!

From flakey, melt-in-your-mouth homemade pastry to the sweet apple filling, this is going to become your go-to dessert in no time. 

An apple pie with flakey pastry and apple filling in a baking dish.

How To Make Apple Pie Pastry

Homemade pastry: Apple pie pastry is a homemade sweet shortcrust pastry. Once you’ve made it, you’ll become OBSESSED and want to use it in everything!

And best of all, you only need: plain flour, butter, caster sugar and water

The ingredients for homemade sweet shortcrust pastry.

You can make this pastry in just 5 minutes (plus chilling time) using either a food processor or a Thermomix (see the full methods in the recipe card below). 

A ball of sweet pie pastry on a chopping board.

Shortcrust pastry rolled out on a chopping board.

While I usually like to blind bake my homemade pastry first, this recipe doesn’t require any blind baking at all! Simply fill it with the homemade apple filling and bake. It couldn’t be easier!

Time saving shortcut: Use store-bought sheets of pastry instead. 

 

Apple Pie Filling Recipe

Homemade apple pie filling: Our apple pie filling is the perfect mix of sweet with a subtle cinnamon flavour and is made from: apples (see my notes below for the best apples to use), raw (granulated) sugar, lemon juice and a little bit of water.

Apple pie filling ingredients.

Simply cook the apple filling for a few minutes in a saucepan or Thermomix and pour it onto your pastry base and top with extra pastry.

Sliced apple, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan.

Apple filling inside a homemade pastry base.

A homemade pie with sweet pastry in a baking dish.

Time saving shortcut: Alternatively, you can skip this step entirely and use canned pie apple (like this one) instead.

 

Why You’re Going To LOVE This Apple Pie Recipe

There’s a very good reason this recipe ranks in our Top 5 most popular dessert recipes! Here’s a few reasons you need to make it TODAY: 

  • it’s quick and easy
  • an absolute family favourite
  • it’s made from pantry and fridge staples, meaning that this is a very budget-friendly recipe
  • once you’ve tried our homemade version, you’ll never be able to go back to store-bought
  • it’s always a winner with adults and kid alike
  • the pastry will melt in your mouth while the filling is perfectly sweet (but not overly sweet!)
  • it’s easy to make this recipe entirely from scratch or use some of our time saving hacks!

A piece of apple pie topped with ice-cream and caramel sauce.

Tips & Tricks For Making Apple Pie

Types of apples to use:

Granny Smiths are generally considered the best apples to use for apple pie. They don’t go as mushy as other varieties and their tartness is the perfect contrast to the sweet pastry. You can however use any type of apple you like! I’ve also used Pink Lady and Jonathan apples, although Granny Smith are my favourite pie apple.

Store-bought pastry vs homemade pastry:

If you’re short on time or don’t have a food processor or Thermomix, then by all means use store-bought pastry and be rest assured that your apple pie will still taste amazing. You can either use shortcrust pastry on the base and the top or a combination of shortcuts pastry on the bottom and puff pastry on the top. However, if you have the time and equipment, then making your own pastry is a game changer in this recipe! 

Equipment:

To make your own pastry, you’ll need either a food processor or a Thermomix, plus a rolling pin. 

To make the homemade apple pie filling, you’ll need a saucepan and stovetop or a Thermomix. 

If you don’t have these pieces of equipment then simply use store-bought pastry and canned pie apple!

Egg Wash:

Before baking, I recommend brushing a lightly beaten egg over the top of the pastry. This helps it cook into a beautiful golden colour and with a lovely crispy texture. 

Sprinkling over raw (granulated) sugar:

Sprinkling sugar over the top of the pie before baking gives it a beautiful crunch when cooked. It also adds a little extra sweetness to the pie. 

How do you know when the pie is cooked?

All ovens are slightly different, so here’s how to check to see if your pie is cooked: 

  • the pastry will be golden and firm when touched
  • the filling will be hot in the centre

How to store apple pie:

Apple pie can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Alternatively, it can be frozen for up to 3 months. 

A spoonful of homemade apple pie on a spoon with ice-cream and caramel sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Apple pie is absolutely delicious on it’s own…. but these accompaniments take it to the next level:

 

More Winter Dessert Recipes

If you love this apple pie recipe, then you’re going to fall head over heels in love with our collection of winter recipes (including our famous chocolate self-saucing pudding, lemon delicious, sticky date pudding and golden syrup dumplings). 

Browse our entire collection of winter desserts here.

 

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Classic Apple Pie

A classic apple pie - add a scoop of ice-cream, custard or cream for extra deliciousness.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: pies
Keyword: Apple Pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 serves
Calories: 268kcal

Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 300 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 45 g (3tbs) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 150 g butter chopped
  • 2-3 tbs ice cold water

For the filling:

  • 7-8 apples or 800g canned pie apple (see notes)
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1/3 cup raw (granulated) sugar
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 3 tbs raw sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • To make the pastry, place the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor and process it until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Slowly add the iced water and mix until a smooth dough forms. Knead the dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap and place it into the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. When you're ready to use your dough, divide it into 2 portions (one 2/3 for the base and one 1/3 for the top) and then roll out each portion until 3-5mm thick. If using store-bought pastry sheets, place them onto the bench to defrost.
  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius (180 if using fan forced). Grease a 24cm pie dish and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, place the apples and water into a saucepan over medium high. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes or until the apple has just started to soften. Mix through the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.
  • Place the larger piece of pastry over the pie dish and press down so that it covers the base and sides. Trim any excess.
  • Drain any excess liquid from the apple mixture. Add the apple mixture to the pie dish and spread out evenly.
  • Brush the lightly beaten egg over the top of the pie. Sprinkle over the raw sugar (optional).
  • Cut a 3-4 slits into the top of the pastry.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the pie pastry is lightly golden and crispy.

Thermomix Method

  • To make the pastry, place the flour, sugar and butter into the Thremomix bowl and mix on Speed 6 for 10 seconds (or until it resembles fine breadcrumbs). Add the iced water and knead for 2 minutes on interval speed. Knead the dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface, wrap in plastic wrap and place into the fridge for at least 30 minutes. When you're ready to use your dough, divide it into 2 portions (one 2/3 for the base and one 1/3 for the top) and then roll out each portion until 3-5mm thick. If using store-bought pastry sheets, place them onto the bench to defrost.
  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius (180 if using fan forced). Grease a 24cm pie dish and set aside.
  • Place the apple slices into the Varoma dish. Fill the Thermomix bowl with 500g water and cook for 15 minutes, Speed 2, Varoma temperature.
  • Sprinkle over the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon and mix to combine.
  • Place the larger piece of pastry over the pie dish and press down so that it covers the base and sides. Trim any excess.
  • Drain any excess liquid from the apple mixture. Add the apple mixture to the pie dish and spread out evenly.
  • Brush the lightly beaten egg over the top of the pie. Sprinkle over the remaining raw sugar (optional).
  • Cut 3-4 slits into the top of the pastry.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the pie pastry is lightly golden and crispy.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Types of apples to use: Granny Smiths are generally considered the best apples to use for apple pie. They don’t go as mushy as other varieties and their tartness is the perfect contrast to the sweet pastry. You can however use any type of apple you like! I’ve also used Pink Lady and Jonathan apples, although Granny Smith are my favourite pie apple.
Store-bought pastry vs homemade pastry: If you’re short on time or don’t have a food processor or Thermomix, then by all means use store-bought pastry and be rest assured that your apple pie will still taste amazing. You can either use shortcrust pastry on the base and the top or a combination of shortcuts pastry on the bottom and puff pastry on the top. However, if you have the time and equipment, then making your own pastry is a game changer in this recipe! 
Equipment: To make your own pastry, you’ll need either a food processor or a Thermomix, plus a rolling pin. To make the homemade apple pie filling, you’ll need a saucepan and stovetop or a Thermomix. If you don’t have these pieces of equipment then simply use store-bought pastry and canned pie apple!
Egg Wash: Before baking, I recommend brushing a lightly beaten egg over the top of the pastry. This helps it cook into a beautiful golden colour and with a lovely crispy texture. 
Sprinkling over raw (granulated) sugar: Sprinkling sugar over the top of the pie before baking gives it a beautiful crunch when cooked. It also adds a little extra sweetness to the pie. 
How do you know when the pie is cooked? All ovens are slightly different, so here’s how to check to see if your pie is cooked: the pastry will be golden and firm when touched and the filling will be hot in the centre.
How to store apple pie: Apple pie can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Alternatively, it can be frozen for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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36 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Apple Pie”

  1. Jennifer Cheng says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Made apple pie for the first time and it was a big hit, especially with the boyfriend. Was so delicious! I used muffin tins to make individual serving sizes.

  2. Diana says:

    Do I cook the base pastry 1st before adding
    the apple mixture?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Diana, you can if you like but it’s not needed for this recipe. xx

  3. Silvia says:

    4 stars
    I love this recipe but it turned out too sweet so I used Granny Smith apples and it was perfect.

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