How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie

May 13th, 2016 by Elizabeth Nelson

“Easy as apple pie” is a cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason! Apple pie is a classic dessert that is easy to master, and there are so many ways to put a twist on the recipe to suit your personal taste. In honor of National Apple Pie Day, here are the 3 different apple pie recipes to help you celebrate; plus tips and tricks for how to bake the perfect apple pie.

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Blog_3-Epic-Apple-Pie-Recipes_Pin (2)For the traditionalist: Deep Dish Apple Pie. This is about as classic as you can get—fresh apple filling, wrapped in pie crust in a deep dish pie. Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

For the free spirit: Apple Pie with Fringe Crust.If you still want traditional flavor with a fresh twist on decoration, this is your pie! The fringe effect is simple enough to get by cutting pieces of homemade pie dough into strips, and then cutting the strips into fringe. It’s a fun, funky twist on a double-crust pie, and the effect almost looks like a firework!

For the pie crust phobic: Dutch Apple Pie. For those who may be intimidated by a double-crust pie, Dutch Apple Pie is topped with a sweet, crunchy streusel topping. Try swapping out pecans for the walnuts in the streusel!

No matter which pie recipe you choose, here are a few tips for baking the perfect pie:

  • If you’re making the pie dough from scratch, keep your ingredients as cold as possible. That fabulous, flaky pie crust texture is made when the cold pieces of butter hit the hot oven and create tiny pockets of steam. Making sure your butter is nice and cold will help keep your pie crust flaky. (Also, as your mix your dough, make sure you can still see little flecks of butter! Don’t overmix and completely incorporate the butter).
  • Know your apples! We use tart Granny Smith apples in our Dutch Apple Pie to counterbalance the sweetness from the streusel topping. For a recipe that calls for a baking apple, like our Deep Dish Apple Pie, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Braebrun apples work well. Many apples are good for baking, so don’t be afraid to try a new type.
  • For a beautiful golden brown crust, brush your pie with a little egg wash (egg beaten with a little water or milk). For some extra flair, sprinkle with some Wilton Sparkling Sugar.
  • And finally, there’s no shame in cheating a little! Our Dutch Apple Pie is made with refrigerated pie dough and a scratch filling and topping. It’s the perfect (easy) introduction to baking a pie!

Are you planning to celebrate National Apple Pie Day? Let us know in the comments!

Elizabeth Nelson Elizabeth Nelson is the Culinary Manager of the Wilton Test Kitchen. A graduate of the University of Missouri and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, she loves developing recipes for Wilton’s product lines and websites, as well as testing out new and existing products in the Test Kitchen. Outside of work, she enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.

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