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Old-Fashioned Apple Pie


The words "apple pie" conjure warmth, aroma, taste, and togetherness. This apple pie recipe is filled with Granny Smith apples and is tucked into a buttery pie crust. To make this apple pie recipe even sweeter, serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November December 1991


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • Pate Brisee (Pie Dough)
  • 12 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus additional for pie top
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pate brisee into two 1/8-inch-thick circles to a diameter slightly larger than that of an 11-inch plate. Press one pastry circle into the pie plate. Place the other circle on waxed paper, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill all pastry until firm, about 30 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, lemon zest and juice, spices, and flour. Toss well. Spoon apples into pie pan. Dot with butter, and cover with remaining pastry circle. Cut several steam vents across top. Seal by crimping edges as desired. Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with additional sugar.

  3. Bake until crust is brown and juices are bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool on wire rack before serving.

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  • ssodukgmailc
    23 NOV, 2016
    I have made this pie many times and it's always good. I am so shocked to see that it didn't work out for some of the reviewers, because for me it has always been a no-fail recipe that everyone enjoys. As far as someone saying the crust is bland . . . the crust tastes like a true butter crust. It's delicious. I've also never had apples that turn gray or overcook.
  • wjs1820yahooc
    9 OCT, 2016
    Baked for 20 mins at 425 then 50 mins at 350. Crust was good but filling over cooked and resembled dense grey matter. Used Granny smith apples and added crushed wallnuts. Didnt have the lemon juice but cant see how that would kill it. Wasn't happy with results.
  • silviacolsher
    27 NOV, 2015
    AMAZING!! It was so easy to make and it turned out perfect. The consistency was exactly right and the flavor was to die for! Everyone raved about it!
  • brittaweidner
    18 MAY, 2015
    We used 9 Granny Smith apples and 3 Honeycrisps. It was absolutely delicious, including the lemon juice & zest. Probably the most flavorful apple pie I've ever tasted. However, it was EXTREMELY watery, so would recommend using more flour, or another thickener.
  • Samantha E
    9 MAY, 2014
    Well, I like the way the filling tastes but it was way too watery and the crust was fairly bland. It turned out nice and crispy though. I didn't mind the tartness, but it overall was kind of blah.
  • eatpie2
    15 DEC, 2013
    This recipe is delicious! The only thing I added was a couple tablespoons of brown sugar over the top of the filling which balanced out the lemon, and only because I love brown sugar in an apple pie. This pie would NOT be so unique WITHOUT the spices AND the lemon, so I disagree with the reviews that dissed the lemon. Use a different recipe site if you prefer bland food!
  • Alyssa U
    29 NOV, 2013
    Wayyyyy too much lemon! Leave it out!
  • TyronesMommy
    28 NOV, 2013
    Definitely leave the lemon juice and zest out. I'm so glad I read the reviews first or my Thanksgiving pie would have been ruined. I added a lot more sugar and butter then it called for and also used frozen pie crust. Before putting the top layer on I sprinkled the apples with brown sugar. YUM! I had leftover apples so made applesauce as well.
  • srhprieb
    22 NOV, 2013
    This apple pie is so good! I had two different people tell me it was the best they'd ever had. I had to make some slight adjustments to the filling as I forgot to buy a lemon and was out of nutmeg (Clearly this was a last minute idea to use up a bag of apples). I added 1 Tbsp of water in place of the lemon juice and it was amazing. It lasted 1 day in my house! Making another in right now :)
  • laughlivelovealways
    8 SEP, 2013
    Yummy! Best recipe I've ever made. Thanks for all your great recipes and ideas......