Picture this: a mile-high deep-dish apple pie that’s been baking in the oven for hours, wafting warm cinnamon and caramel aromas throughout your home. As the timer beeps, you pull it out of the oven, the flaky crust golden brown and the filling bubbling with sweet apples.
Hello there, fellow culinary adventurers! If you’re like me, one of your favorite winter desserts is a classic apple pie. But let’s take it up a notch with this deep-dish apple pie recipe that will have everyone engaging in a “just one more slice” situation.
This recipe is easy to make, uses simple ingredients, and results in a traditional and decadent dessert that will have your family and friends wanting more. So let’s grab our aprons and get started on this unforgettable treat!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Listen up, foodies! I’m about to serve you up a slice of heaven with my Deep-Dish Apple Pie recipe. This isn’t your ordinary apple pie, oh no. This is a show-stopping, mouth-watering, mile-high masterpiece that will bring your taste buds straight to nirvana.
First off, let’s talk about the star of the show: the apples. We’re using fresh Granny Smith apples, sliced thinly and tossed with ground cinnamon, ground allspice, and sugar before being baked to perfection. The tartness of the apples is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the sugar, creating a flavor explosion that will send you straight to apple pie paradise.
And let’s not forget about that deep-dish crust. We’re using an old-fashioned, flaky pie crust that will transport you back in time to your grandma’s kitchen. It’s made with all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, and just a touch of sugar and lemon zest for that perfect tang.
But here’s what really sets this recipe apart: the deep dish. This isn’t your average 9-inch pie tin – we’re talking about a generous 10-cup capacity deep-dish pie tin that will give you a pie worthy of any Southern or German cookbook.
Now, I know some of you might be thinking that making a deep-dish apple pie from scratch sounds intimidating. But fear not! This recipe is surprisingly easy and straightforward – even for those who don’t consider themselves expert bakers. And trust me when I say that the praise you’ll receive after bringing this beauty to any gathering will be worth every minute spent in the kitchen.
So go on and channel your inner Ina Garten from Food Network or Pioneer Woman with this timeless classic recipe. Whether it’s for a holiday gathering or just a cozy night at home with family, my Deep-Dish Apple Pie is sure to become a new favorite in your repertoire.
Now it’s time to gather all of our ingredients, and get ready for the baking bonanza! Here’s what you’ll need to make this Deep-Dish Apple Pie:
For the crust:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
- ¼ cup ice water
For the filling:
- 10 cups tart apples (Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced)
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- A pinch of salt
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
Keep in mind that a deep-dish pie plate will help contain all of that scrumptious filling. If you don’t have one, no worries! You can use a standard 9-inch pie plate, but just know that the filling may overflow during baking.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have familiarized yourself with the ingredients list, it’s time to put on our aprons and start creating this mile-high Apple Pie. There’s nothing quite like the scent of freshly baked apple pie filling up your home as it cooks, so let’s get to work!
Preparing the Crust
Step 1: Prepare 2 Pillsbury deep-dish pie crusts as directed on the package.
Step 2: Combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour in a small bowl.
Creating the Filling
Step 3: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
Step 4: For the filling, in a large bowl combine 10 cups peeled and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples (about 2 pounds) with 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice grated lemon zest, 2 tbsp unsalted butter cut into small pieces, and 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon and ground allspice.
Step 5: Pour the mixture into one of the deep-dish pie crusts.
Step 6: Add dollops of 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter onto the apple mixture in the crust.
Step 7: Top the apples with another deep-dish Pie crust, trimming any excess dough from around the edges.
Step 8: Brush top crust with a beaten egg wash for a golden-brown finish.
Step 9: Sprinkle over cinnamon sugar mixture made from combining 1/4 cup granulated sugar mixed with a heaping tablespoon of cinnamon.
Step 10: Sprinkle oats over top (optional).
Step 11: Place pie on baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes or until pie is golden brown and filling is bubbling.
Once done, remove from oven and cool for at least an hour before slicing. Serve alone or paired with your favorite ice cream. Enjoy your very own delicious homemade Deep-Dish Apple Pie!
Substitutions and Variations
As an explorer, I know that sometimes we need to try different ways to get to the same endpoint. In cooking, it is not any different, and this Deep-Dish Apple Pie recipe lends itself to many variations to adapt it to your preferences.
For example, if you want to give your apple pie a twist, you can add a layer of caramel between the crust and the filling or sprinkle some oats on top of the crust before putting it in the oven. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of bourbon, rum or lemon zest to give it an extra flavor boost.
If you don’t have Granny Smith apples (or can’t find them at your local grocery store), you can use Braeburn or Honeycrisp instead. These types will give your pie a sweeter taste with a mild tartness that balances well with cinnamon and allspice.
For those in a hurry, store-bought pie crusts work perfectly fine here. You can use traditional or deep-dish pie crusts by Pillsbury, Marie Callender’s or Sara Lee, among others, and save a lot of time without compromising the taste.
If you are looking for something more sophisticated, try adding some crumb topping made with butter, brown sugar and flour mixed together until crumbly. Just sprinkle over the top of the filling before baking and enjoy the added texture and sweetness.
You can also experiment with other fruits like pears or peaches by substituting them for some or all of the apples in this recipe.
With these substitutes and variations options, there is no excuse not to make this easy-to-follow recipe for your next meal at home. Whether it’s grandma’s traditional apple pie recipe passed down through generations or a new gourmet creation inspired by the Pioneer Woman or Ina Garten from Food Network, nothing beats sitting down for a slice of warm apple pie with ice cream on top.
Serving and Pairing
Your Deep-Dish Apple Pie is the perfect dessert for any fall or holiday occasion. With its succulent, caramelized apples and flaky crust, this pie has become an American classic.
When it comes to serving, you can choose to enjoy it just as it is, hot from the oven and topped off with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. Alternatively, you can serve it with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce, which will give your pie an extra dimension of flavor that will make your taste buds sing!
As for pairing options, a warm slice of Deep-Dish Apple Pie is best accompanied by a glass of cold milk, a piping hot cup of coffee or tea, or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The combination of creamy dairy and sweet tart apples will provide an excellent balance to the dish.
But if you want something more festive, try pairing this pie with a spiced cider cocktail, made with cinnamon sticks and allspice berries. You can also opt for a classic English breakfast tea that will complement the traditional cinnamon flavor in the pie crust.
No matter how you choose to serve it or pair your Deep-Dish Apple Pie, one thing is for sure – this timeless and classic dessert is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings no matter what time of year!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
I know that after having a piece, you will want to save the rest of the pie for later. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. This pie can be made ahead of time and still taste as amazing as it does straight out of the oven. If you’re making it for an event or a dinner party, it’s best to make it a day in advance so you’re not rushing on the day.
The good news is that this Deep-Dish Apple Pie Recipe can be stored for up to two days before serving. To store and keep it fresh, wrap it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator. If you plan on freezing the pie, make sure it is tightly wrapped to prevent freezer burn.
When wanting to serve or reheat the dish, remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before reheating, allowing the pie crust to reach room temperature. You can reheat in two ways: in a preheated oven or microwave.
To reheated your pie in an oven: preheat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.
To reheat your pie in a microwave: remove and discard any wrapping or coverings, then heat on high for 10 – 15 seconds per slice.
Remember that this is a deep-dish apple pie recipe with a juicy filling; thus, some caramel might form around the edge of the crust when stored overnight. Some people adore this small detail, but if you don’t like it—don’t fret! Just take paper towel and gently press around the drips before heating up so they don’t stick to your pan when reheating.
Now that you have learned all about storing and reheating this delicious Deep-Dish Apple Pie Recipe rest assured that every slice will be as scrumptious as if it was freshly baked (assuming there are any leftovers).
Tips for Perfect Results
If you are aiming for a mile-high deep-dish apple pie, don’t forget to follow these expert tips that will help ensure your apple pie is the best that it can be.
First and foremost, always use tart apples such as Granny Smith apples when making an apple pie. The acidity and firmness of these apples help maintain the structure of the pie and prevent it from turning into a mushy mess.
When making the filling, be sure to add lemon juice to help prevent browning and provide a bright pop of flavor. Additionally, always mix your apples with sugar, flour, and spices separately from the crust. This way, you can ensure even distribution of ingredients throughout the pie.
For an added touch of flavor, mix some ground cinnamon or allspice into both the apple mixture and the crust dough. These warm spices go beautifully with the sweetness of the apples and add an extra layer of depth to your pie.
To create that flaky, buttery crust that everyone loves, make sure you use cold butter when preparing the dough. Cut your butter into small cubes then work it into your flour mixture until your dough is crumbly but still holds its shape when pressed together.
When rolling out the dough for the crust, sprinkle a bit of all-purpose flour on your working surface to prevent sticking. Roll out half of the dough at a time in a circular shape just about two inches larger than your deep dish pie plate.
Lastly, avoid overfilling your deep-dish pie with too much filling as this can cause it to overflow while baking. A good rule is adding around 9-10 cups of filling maximum depending on how deep your dish is.
By following these tips, you can create a perfect homemade deep-dish apple pie every time!
If the thought of warm, fragrant apple pie makes your mouth water, then you must try this deep-dish apple pie recipe. It’s simply irresistible; with its caramelized cinnamon apples that are piled high under a flaky crust, every bite will transport you to apple pie heaven.
Whether you’re a baking novice or an expert, this recipe is easy to make and comes together in just a few simple steps. The best part? You can customize it to your taste by adding variations like oats or even caramel.
So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and give this recipe a try! Trust me, you won’t regret it. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, or simply in need of something sweet and comforting to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this deep-dish apple pie recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.
So let’s raise our forks and give thanks for the classics- like Grandma’s traditional apple pie- while also embracing new flavors and variations. After all, who says an American classic can’t embrace some gourmet twists?
Deep-Dish Apple Pie Recipe
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
- 4 -5 cups apples, thinly peeled and sliced
- 2 pie crusts, deep-dish, according to package directions
- In a mixing bowl combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and allspice.
- Add apples, toss to coat fruit.
- Transfer apples to a frozen deep-dish pie crust.
- Place second pie pastry atop apples.
- Seal edges together by crimping with a fork.
- Cover edges of pie with foil.
- Place on baking sheet and bake in a 375º oven for 25 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes more or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.
- Serve warm or cool.
- For a prettier top, may brush the unbaked top with milk, water or melted margarine or butter and then sprinkle lightly with sugar.
- I like to use heart cookie cutters to make a design with four hearts to allow steam to vent and then brush top melted butter and dust with cinnamon.
- May store at room temperature up to one day, refrigerate for longer storage.
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Mishra Vikas is a digital nomad who loves to explore the world and learn about its cultures. As a programmer, backpacker, and cook, he enjoys sharing his adventures and cooking up delectable dishes. Writing about his experiences, creating tasty recipes, and discovering new places are some of his favorite activities. He’s an avid traveler and passionate chef, always on the lookout for an exciting new journey.