This homemade apple pie recipe reduces your time in the kitchen by using a mixture of homemade and prepared ingredients. The best part is no one will know the difference! You can Jump to the Recipe to read instructions right away.
My Sweet Precision Turns Six
Today marks the six-year anniversary of My Sweet Precision! I can still vividly remember the excitement and uncertainty I felt before publishing my first post. In celebration of six years blogging, I made a BIG purchase that I’ve been dreaming of for years… I purchased my first DSLR camera! It is quite the upgrade from my iPhone 6 camera, and I'm absolutely giddy about it. I've already read the entire manual (yes, I'm the type of person that reads an entire manual) and watched a handful of You Tube videos. It sure is intimidating learning about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. But its also really nice to have more control over my pictures at the same time. I'm a BIG fan of how I can create the blurry bokeh background now! Hello homemade apple pie pictures!
I've really enjoyed using the camera for personal photographs as well. It's perfect for capturing pictures of the entire family together. As if we need more photographs! We have a shared album that literally has over 4,000 photos of Little One and she isn't even a year old yet… almost though! Sometimes I wonder what she will think when she grows up. Will she be excited to look through the countless photographs documenting her baby years? Or will she roll her eyes in typical teenager fashion as she scrolls through our 20+ pictures of yet another bath time? Who knows? Either way, she will have more pictures than she knows what to do with!
How to Make Homemade Apple Pie
So let's chat about this homemade apple pie that I was so excited to photograph with my new camera. I promise I'll tell you more about my actual camera in another blog post. But I’m more excited to talk about apple pie right now. I like to call this apple pie semi-homemade. Mostly because it takes a few shortcuts that are (in my opinion) well worth the time saved. This pie uses a store bought crust and (partially) store-bought filling. This saves you a TON of time, and I argue that no one will be able to taste the difference. All you need to make is some apple-pie filling to supplement the store bought filling, and you are all set. I consider a quick and simple dessert like this a definite #momwin.
How do I make a lattice-crust?
The lattice crust is oh-so-easy to do, and I think it makes your final product look like you dedicated lots of time… an no one will know you didn’t ;) For an easy step-by-step tutorial on the pie crust check out this King Arthur Flour video. At the end of the day you're left with an incredibly simple dessert, that tastes delicious, and looks like you spent lots of time on it.
Homemade Apple Pie
Homemade Pie Filling
- 2 cups apples peeled and sliced
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Apple Pie Assembly
- 2 refrigerated rolled pie crusts
- 1 20 ounce can apple pie filling
- 1 tablespoon butter
Homemade Pie Filling
- Place apples, sugar, water, cinnamon, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine and then bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil the mixture for 2 minutes and then reduce temperature to low and simmer. Stirring the mixture often, cook until the apples are tender but not mushy. This will be for about 5-8 minutes depending on the type of apple.
- Remove the mixture from the stove and cool. You want this mixture to be cooled to room temperature before moving on to pie assembly. I like to make my filling the night before and cool in the refrigerator.
Apple Pie Assembly
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and place oven rack in the center of the oven.
- Remove pie crusts from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for 15 minutes. Slowly unroll the pie crusts, being careful not to tear the dough. Line one 9 inch pie pan with bottom crust.
- Mix homemade and prepared pie filling together and fill pie pan. Dot the top with butter. Use the top pie crust to do a lattice crust. When finished, trim the edges and crimp the outside of the pie. See Heather's Helpful Hints below for help on how to create a lattice crust.
- Bake for 35 minutes, or until crust is golden. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.
Notes and Tips
Did you make our homemade apple pie?!
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