How to Make Our Favorite Apple Pie From Scratch

How to Make Our Favorite Apple Pie From Scratch


We’re Adam and Joanne from inspiredtaste.net
and welcome to our kitchen. We are showing you our favorite homemade apple
pie with perfectly cooked apples, a thick and lightly spiced sauce, and a crisp and
flaky crust. Let’s start with the apples. There’s no precooking of the apples in this
recipe. We use a lot of apples for this pie and always
peel and core them before slicing. To core the apples, I find a melon baller
works well to scoop out both the seeds and the stems. When peeled and cored, slice the apples into
thin slices, about 1/4-inch thick. Add all the apples to a large bowl then move
onto the rest of the filling ingredients. We love the combination of granulated and
brown sugar for flavor and texture. We also add a little salt. Then the spices — here we are adding cinnamon,
cardamom, allspice, ginger, and fresh grated nutmeg. This combination of spices scream apple pie,
but aren’t too overpowering. The filling will taste mostly like apples
with a hint of sugar and spice. We need the apples to sit with the sugars,
salt, and spices for about 1 hour. Toss them really well and then set them aside. It’s this step that makes the pie taste
amazing and have such a wonderful sauce. Now for the pie crust. When making pies, we always use our homemade
pie crust recipe — it’s on the blog and there is a video on our YouTube channel. We are making a double crust pie, so roll
out half of the pie dough. We do this on a well floured work surface. Check for the correct size by inverting the
pie dish over the dough. The dough should be slightly larger than the
dish. Roll the dough onto your rolling pin then
carefully unroll it into the pie dish, being careful not to stretch the dough as you place
it down. Trim overhanging dough to within 3/4-inch
of the edge of the dish. Then fold the overhang underneath itself,
forming a thick rim. If there isn’t enough dough for the rim
in spots, take some from the dough that you cut away earlier and use it as a patch. Roll out the second half of the dough to a
similar size and transfer it to a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Chill this and the pie dish until needed. After an hour of the apples sitting with the
sugar, salt, and spices, it looks like this. The apples have softened a bit and they’ve
released quite a bit of liquid. To make sure the liquid thickens into a sauce
when baked, we add some starch. I’m adding cornstarch, but tapioca starch
works, too. Amounts for both are in the recipe on Inspired
Taste. Toss the starch with the apples. Place the apples into the prepared pie dish,
pressing them down and layering them so that there are no holes. Before I add it to the pie, we want to show
you how much liquid is left in the bowl. This measures out to be 3/4 cups and we are
going to use all of it. It’s okay if your apples release a little
less or a little more. Now add a bit of butter — I love the silkiness
this provides the sauce. The last step is to get the top crust on. You can add it whole and cut a few slits down
the middle or you can lattice the crust. We’ve shared an in-depth tutorial for lattice
crusts before, but we’ll walk you through it quickly. To lattice the crust, cut the rolled out dough
into 1-inch strips. Lay five strips down onto the pie, leaving
some space between them. Fold the second and fourth strip back then
lay another strip down and then place the folded strips back down. Next, fold the first, third and fifth back
and place another strip of dough. Repeat this until the pie is covered. I know that sounded complicated but it is
much simpler than it sounds. Trim excess dough from the lattice strips,
and then press the top crust into the bottom. Place the pie onto a parchment lined baking
sheet to catch any filling that bubbles out during baking. Just before sliding the pie into the oven,
brush over some egg wash — this is made with an egg and a splash of water and helps
to make the crust golden brown and shiny. Bake the pie, turning a few times for even
browning, until the the juices are bubbling. For more ways to tell when the apple pie is
done, check our article on the blog. When the pie is done, it’s very important
to cool it. A pie that’s still warm won’t be as set
in the middle and the filling might just pool out on you. A little patience will guarantee a pie that
holds its shape. And that’s it, incredibly delicious homemade
apple pie with perfectly cooked apples, a thick and lightly spiced sauce, and a crisp
and flaky crust. Enjoy! Thanks for watching. If you love this video we have lots more. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel
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