Many cooks are intimidated by pastries and pies, thinking they'll make a mistake with the dough and ruin the recipe. The fact is, most of the errors that cause problems are easily preventable, and achieving perfection is simply a matter of mastering some basic techniques. This recipe will help ensure great results.



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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll one disc of dough into a 12-inch round that's 1/8-inch thick. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside in the refrigerator.

  • In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, spices, lemon juice, zest, and salt; toss to combine. Pour into lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Roll second disc of dough into a 12-inch round that's 1/8 inch thick. Lay dough over fruit. Cut vents into top crust. Trim edges to 1 inch over pie pan, and seal, crimping edges with thumb and forefinger. Chill for 30 minutes.

  • Remove pie from refrigerator. Brush crust with heavy cream, and sprinkle with sugar. Place on a baking sheet; this will catch any juices that may overflow during baking. Bake until pastry is golden and juices in center of pie are bubbling, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool for 1 hour before serving.

Reviews (4)

121 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 47
  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5.0 stars
Delicious crust and filling! Took time but was worth the effort.
Rating: 5 stars
This is my usual recipe for apple pie and it's the best!
Rating: 5 stars
This pate brisee dough is amazing. It rolls so effortlessly. I can make a thousand pie renditions using it. No stick, no waste. The filling is relative,... play, have fun with it. I made this pie on my lunch break from work.
Rating: 5 stars
I've made this twice, i'm confused by the low rating - this is the BEST apple pie recipe I've ever made. Perhaps people are reading their view of Martha instead of the recipe... I highly recommend!
Rating: 5 stars
This is the only apple pie I ever make, it is the best!