Heavenly Deep-Dish Apple Pie Recipe for Fall Desserts

Do you ever crave a warm, flaky, mile-high slice of apple pie that melts in your mouth with every bite? There’s something so indulgent about a classic apple pie, and this Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie Recipe is sure to satisfy those cravings.

From the first bite, you’ll be transported to your grandmother’s kitchen, where the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg filled the room. This recipe is a timeless classic that will never go out of style. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a weeknight treat, everyone will love sinking their teeth into this homemade apple pie.

This pie is perfect for any season, complementing ice-cold vanilla ice cream during hot summer months or a warm cup of tea during colder seasons. The flavors of the pie are perfectly balanced, highlighting the tartness of Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced wafer-thin.

So let’s embark on this culinary adventure together as we create an unforgettable Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie. Prepare yourself to be mesmerized by the taste and texture of this masterpiece; it will leave you wanting more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Are you a fan of classic apple pies? Look no further than this Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie recipe, which is miles ahead of the rest! The reason I know this? Because I’ve tasted dozens of apple pies, and none have come close to the deliciousness of this pie.

Firstly, this pie boasts a mile-high filling that packs in a whopping 10 cups of thinly sliced granny smith apples. The result is a perfect balance between sweet and tart flavors, with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg that will transport you straight to fall.

Secondly, the flaky pie crust is homemade and utterly irresistible. Using two sticks of unsalted butter provides just enough richness while allowing for maximum flakiness, while a little bit of salt adds an extra layer to the flavor profile.

Finally, the recipe is versatile: you can swap out some ingredients to cater to specific dietary requirements or switch up the recipe with add-ins like pecan pieces or even blueberries! You’ll never bore your taste buds with this classic pie!

If you’re still unconvinced about why you’ll love this recipe, head over to Ina Garten – The Barefoot Contessa or Bon Appétit for more raving reviews. Trust me; there’s nothing more comforting than enjoying a warm slice of homemade apple pie fresh out of the oven, especially when paired with a scoop of your favorite ice cream!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven on a plate!
A slice of heaven on a plate!

Ingredient List

Before we start cooking, let’s make sure we have all ingredients for this flaky deep-dish apple pie recipe:

For the Pie Crust:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter (cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

For the Filling:

  • 10 cups of peeled and sliced granny smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt

Gather your ingredients before you start baking will save you time and give you a more enjoyable baking experience.

The Recipe How-To


Now that we have gone over the ingredient list, it is time to delve into the recipe. The steps are easy to follow and can make you look like a professional baker in no time!

Step One: Pie Dough

To create a flaky pie crust, mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt in a food processor. Add 2 sticks of unsalted butter that have been cut into pieces and blend until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually pour in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of ice water with the machine running, just until the dough comes together in small clumps. Do not over mix or add too much water.

Divide the dough into two balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten each ball into a disk on a floured surface and wrap them separately with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour before assembling your deep dish apple pie.

Step Two: Filling

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of granulated sugar, ¼ cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg. Add in 10 cups of thinly sliced peeled granny smith apples (about 2 pounds) and toss until all slices are coated evenly.

Step Three: Assembling the Pie

Roll out the larger disk of pie dough on a floured surface until it’s about 14 inches wide and ⅛ inch thick. Transfer it gently to a 9×2-inch deep pie plate, allowing some overhang around the edges.

Add the apple filling directly onto the bottom crust of the pie. Pour any remaining sugar-flour mixture on top of apple slices along with 3/4 cup of pecan pieces.

Roll out the second dough disk for the top crust using same method as before but making it slightly smaller than bottom crust to allow for crimping edges together. Place over the filled pie.

Trim excess edges using scissors or knife around perimeter then fold overhang under by one inch.

Press down on edges with fork tongs or fingers to help seal layers together during cooking time.

Cut slits or design small shapes from leftover crust dough opening up center space well covered by overlapping layers now pressed tightly around whole perimeter so steam will escape easily.

Step Four: Baking

Brush 1 tablespoon milk over top crust that has been pricked with fork several times before it goes into oven. Cover edges loosely with foil to prevent burning but remove during last fifteen minutes of baking time for final golden-brown finish.

Bake from 50-60 minutes or until juices start bubbling through pie slits prepared earlier signaling doneness throughout dessert which will resemble a mile-high masterpiece!

Step Five: Perfecting Your Pie

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Substitutions and Variations

 This deep-dish pie is a masterpiece of flakiness and apple goodness.
This deep-dish pie is a masterpiece of flakiness and apple goodness.

Are you looking to switch things up with your classic apple pie recipe? Fear not, culinary adventurer, for I have a few variations and substitutions that will take your deep-dish apple pie game to another level.

Firstly, let’s talk about the type of apples you use. While Granny Smith apples are the go-to choice for their tartness and ability to hold up during baking, feel free to mix things up with some Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or even Golden Delicious apples for added sweetness and a slightly different texture.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, add in some pecan pieces to the filling for a nutty twist on this classic recipe. Alternatively, swap out the cinnamon and nutmeg for some cardamom and ginger for a spicier kick.

For those who prefer a healthier or lower sugar option, use sugar substitutes like Splenda or try a brown sugar alternative like coconut or date sugar. You can also opt for a homemade pie crust using whole wheat flour or almond flour for added health benefits.

And speaking of crusts, why limit yourself to just a standard flaky pie crust? Experiment with using puff pastry instead to add layers of buttery goodness. Or, try making individual mini pies using premade tart shells or ramekins.

No matter what substitutions or variations you decide to make to this deep-dish apple pie recipe, know that the possibilities are endless. So go ahead, defy tradition and make this classic dessert truly your own.

Serving and Pairing

 You can almost taste the golden crispy crust and the warm cinnamon-spiced apples.
You can almost taste the golden crispy crust and the warm cinnamon-spiced apples.

Now that we’ve baked a mile-high flaky deep-dish apple pie, it’s time to serve and savor! A slice of homemade apple pie is best enjoyed warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. I am in love with creamy and sweet ice cream melting over the warm and sugary apple slices, with the buttery crust bringing everything together – this combination is heaven in every bite. It’s time to let your taste buds go wild and experience the perfect balance of flavors and textures.

If you’re serving a crowd, you can dress up your deep-dish pie by adding pecan pieces to the top or alongside toasted walnuts for a crunchy texture. Additionally, as the spices in an apple pie filling tend to be fragrant and complex, it pairs wonderfully well with fresh ginger tea or fruity white wine like Riesling.

This classic dessert is perfect for gathering with family or friends for any special occasion or holiday celebration. I love serving warm apple pie with hot drinks like coffee, tea or mulled cider on chilly evenings while enjoying great conversation with people dear to me.

Bon Appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Once you’ve baked up a delicious deep-dish apple pie, it’s important to know how to store it properly for best results. Luckily, this recipe is easy to make ahead and even easier to store.

If you’re making the pie ahead of time, you can refrigerate it overnight before baking or freeze it for up to one month. To refrigerate, cover the unbaked pie with plastic wrap or aluminum foil once the crust has been rolled out, then pop it in the fridge until ready to bake. If freezing, wrap the unbaked pie (either in its pie plate or wrapped in plastic wrap) tightly and place it in a sealable freezer bag, then freeze until ready to bake.

When you’re ready to bake a refrigerated or frozen pie, simply let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before placing it in the preheated oven. For a frozen pie, add an additional 30 minutes of bake time.

After your pie is baked and cooled, you can store any leftovers by covering them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and storing them in the refrigerator for up to four days. I don’t recommend storing leftover slices at room temperature as this could lead to bacterial growth and spoilage.

To reheat a slice of pie that’s been stored in the fridge, wrap it loosely in aluminum foil and heat it in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 15-20 minutes until warmed through. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for an extra treat.

By following these simple steps for make-ahead, storing, and reheating your deep-dish apple pie, you’ll be sure to enjoy mile-high slices of flaky crust filled with juicy spiced apples all week long!

Tips for Perfect Results

When it comes to baking apple pies, getting that perfect flaky crust and flavorful filling can be a bit tricky. But don’t worry, I have some tips that will help you make the perfect Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie.

Tip 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheating the oven is critical when it comes to baking a pie. This will ensure that the pie starts cooking at the right temperature as soon as it’s placed in the oven.

Tip 2: Cut Apples into Thin and Evenly-Sized Pieces

Cutting apples into thin and evenly-sized pieces will help them cook evenly and have a uniform texture. This will also prevent them from becoming too mushy or too tough. Using a mandoline slicer will make this task easier and faster.

Tip 3: Use Cold Butter for the Dough

In order to get a flaky pie crust, it’s important to use cold butter when making the dough. This will prevent the butter from melting too quickly and will create pockets of steam in between the layers of dough, making it crispy and flaky.

Tip 4: Chill Your Dough

Once you’ve made your dough, it’s important to chill it before rolling it out. This will help it become less sticky and easier to handle. Ideally, you should chill your dough for at least an hour before rolling it out.

Tip 5: Brush with Egg Wash

To give your pie a beautiful golden color, brush it with an egg wash just before putting it in the oven. This will also help seal any cracks or openings in your crust.

Using these tips together with our recipe how-to, you’ll achieve outstanding results on your homemade Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie.


As with any culinary endeavor, there are couple of common questions that might pop up when making this delicious Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie recipe. In this section, I will answer some of the frequently asked questions, and provide tips and tricks to ensure that you get it right every time.

How do I make my bottom pie crust flaky?

When it comes to baking a pie, starting with a solid foundation is key. To ensure a crispy and flaky crust, consider brushing the bottom of the pie with a layer of corn syrup or slightly beaten egg white before adding your filling. This will help create a seal between the crust and the filling, resulting in a deliciously crispy texture. So the next time you’re whipping up a pie, don’t forget to brush the bottom.

Should I Prebake the bottom crust for apple pie?

To ensure that your pie’s filling and crust are equally mouthwatering, there’s a foolproof method that will guarantee a golden-brown, crispy, and delightful crust. The secret is to prebake the crust before filling it. Yes, you read that right; baking the bottom crust prior to filling is the key.

What is the difference between deep dish pie crust and regular?

If you want to make a deep-dish pie, you will need a pie plate that is larger and deeper than a regular pie plate. The size of a deep-dish pie plate is approximately 9 1/2 to 10 inches wide and about 2 inches deep, whereas a regular pie plate measures around 9 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches deep. Due to the larger size of the deep-dish pie plate, you will require more pie dough to effectively cover both the bottom and sides of the pie dish.

How do you make an apple pie without soggy bottom crust?

When it comes to baking a perfect pie, one of the biggest challenges is avoiding a soggy bottom crust. Thankfully, my Aunt Nancy, who is the “original” pie boss in my family, taught me a simple yet effective trick to overcome this problem. All you need to do is sprinkle a little cornstarch onto the bottom of your crust before adding the filling. This creates a moisture barrier and ensures that the bottom crust stays crispy and delicious. Trust me, this trick is a game-changer!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the flaky deep-dish apple pie recipe is a must-try for any apple pie lover or baking enthusiast. This homemade apple pie is perfect for any occasion or celebration, and its delicious, mile-high filling and flaky crust will captivate even the pickiest eater’s taste buds.

By following the straightforward and simple steps in this recipe article, you will be able to achieve a beautiful, classic pie that wows your friends and family every time. Additionally, with the flexibility to substitute and vary its ingredients, you can create a unique version of this recipe that perfectly suits your palate.

Not only does this recipe deliver on taste, but it also offers the flexibility to make-ahead and store leftovers. Plus, it pairs well with ice cream or whipped cream, making it an excellent choice for dessert any time of day.

Overall, I recommend giving this flaky deep-dish apple pie recipe a try. Whether you are new to baking or a seasoned chef, I guarantee that this recipe will satisfy your cravings and leave you feeling accomplished in the kitchen.

So roll up your sleeves, grab your supplies, and get started! Who knows, maybe you’ll become the next Ina Garten or Blue Ribbon winner with this delicious recipe on hand?

Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Flaky Deep-Dish Apple Pie Recipe

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Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 10inch pie
Calories 3791.5 kcal


  • 1 classic pie crust, sufficient for bottom and top of 10 inch deep dish pie (try $notetemplate1$)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 lbs granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1 cup pecan pieces


  • Note: if you are making a 9-inch pie you will need approximately 1/4 less ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large saute pan, melt the butter.
  • Add the apples and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the sugars, lemon juice and flour.
  • Continue to saute for 2 minutes.
  • Season the apples with nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add pecans and Mix thoroughly and remove from the heat.
  • Cool the mixture.
  • Roll out each half of dough to 12 inches in diameter and about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Fold one circle of dough in fourths.
  • Carefully lift the dough and place in a 10-inch deep dish pie pan.
  • Unfold the pie dough and spoon the apples into the pie shell.
  • Place the second round of dough over the apples.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut away the excess dough.
  • Using your fingers, crimp the edges of the pie firmly to seal the dough completely.
  • With the same sharp knife, make three slits, about 4 inches long and 2 inches apart, across the pie dough.
  • Egg wash the top of the pie and sprinkle with sugar. Place the pie in the oven and bake for about 55 minutes or until crust is done and juices are bubbling.
  • Serve warm or cold.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 2440gCalories: 3791.5kcalCarbohydrates: 573gProtein: 28.2gFat: 176.2gSaturated Fat: 44.1gCholesterol: 91.6mgSodium: 2453mgFiber: 62.6gSugar: 401g
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