Simple Apple Pie

Simple Apple Pie

This super simple apple pie is piled high with apples. With a rustic crust giving it the all American apple pie charm. This is my childhood favorite dessert. It’s one of the very few hand-me-down recipes I have and I’m so glad to share it with you.

Last year, I shared my Grandma’s Apple Pie story but I never actually wrote the recipe. This recipe is 50+ years in the making. Grandma told me that she uses the apples that are on sale so every year it’s a little different and she rarely measures. After making it a few time in my own kitchen and having her taste test, this is my take on her famous apple pie.

Apple Pie Apples

I like to use a variety of sweet reds and three tart granny smiths. I have a blog post that better explains the different type of apples for you so you can better navigate the grocery store or apple orchard.

Apple Pie Crust

You will need two pie crusts. For homemade crusts, you can use my Easy Pie Crust recipe. You can also buy them from the grocery store, just make sure you have two in the package!

Without further ado let’s get on with the pie!

Simple Apple Pie

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Prep Time30 mins
Bake Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 1 pie


  • 2 Pie Crusts
  • 8-10 Apples – peeled and sliced evenly (7 Macintosh and 3 Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • tsp Nutmeg
  • tsp Salt
  • cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 TBSP Cold Butter – cubed
  • Egg Wash – 1 egg & 1 TBSP water whisked together


  • Peel and slice apples
  • Add in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, flour and lemon juice. Mix until combined completely. Taste a slice or two of apples, Grandma’s rules!
  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
    Roll out the pie crust.
    I find it easier to do this before preheating your oven to keep your kitchen cool.
  • Carefully place the bottom crust in the pie pan. An easy way to do this is to roll it up with your pin and then unroll it across the pie pan evenly.
  • Pile high your apples and dot with butter.
  • Roll out the top pie crust, cut a cute little design. You can also use cookie cutters if you want to really step up your presentation.
    Cut in vent holes if you didn’t do a design, there just needs to be a place for the steam to escape.
  • Place on top of the apples and butter and crimp the sides closed to seal the edges. 
  • Paint on the egg wash with a brush.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until the apples are tender and the pie has a nice brown crust. if you notice your edges browning faster than the rest of your pie, you can cover the edges with foil to prevent burning,
Simple Apple Pie

You can also top it with my homemade caramel sauce.

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