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When I was a little girl I was a cookie lover. Quite a few of my very first memories involve being in the kitchen with Dad to make oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies and with Mom to make Halloween sugar cookies. Which is funny because I never really liked those sugar cookies. I remember Mom rolling out that soft, delicious dough (the dough was yummers, it was the baked cookie that lost its appeal to me) and me stamping out as many spooky shapes as I could. But those things are fading because as I get older I’m finding that I enjoy a slice of pie more and more. Especially this homemade apple pie.

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One of my favorite pies seems to be the one that people have the most complaints about. In fact if you read about Cade’s apple pie you’ll learn that my mom HATED apple pie which is why I don’t have a recipe from her. But that seems to be common, a lot of people don’t like apple pie while others adore it. I’m an adorer. ADORER? Is that even a word?

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But my apple pie MUST have a few things perfect. The crust. Don’t give me a pie with a totally soggy or blackened crust. Gag. I hate that. The crust is one of the best parts about pie so it had better be flaky and good. Then there’s the apples. I like them perfectly cooked so they aren’t terribly crunchy or pure applesauce with pie filling goo all over them.

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And then my girlfriend, Sarah introduced me to her mom’s pie. It’s like a dreamland filled with unicorns, rainbows and flowers. Or at least that’s what my 6 year old self would have imagined to be magical. The crust is so easy and made with oil which gives it the perfect flakiness. The apples are golden delicious which I know, you’re used to being told to use a mix or straight granny’s, but I agree these give it the perfect sweetness.

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Sarah is totally like this pie. Oh, oh yes I’m going there. Are you really very surprised that I’m comparing a person to food? She is though, she’s perfectly genuine and sweet and so easy to get along with. Sometimes I’m pretty darn sure that we were meant to cross paths as she has been such an amazing friend. One that you can get deep with or just laugh about silly things like chubby babies dancing. In fact, I think we must secretly be the same person because we live a pretty darn similar life. Which is fine by me. I would want to be like her since she has so much to teach about compassion, mothering, living up to who you are meant to be and so much more. We are praying so hard that their dream of adoption comes true and in the meantime I think I’ll eat a little more of her pie, a recipe I’ll keep forever and one day teach my children to make while reminiscing about this sweet dancer that became a dear friend. And if you haven’t already, head back to yesterday’s post where she gets brave and tells us about their struggle with infertility and why she needs your help.

How to Avoid a Soggy Pie Crust

The best ways to avoid a soggy pie crust are to blind bake with both a docking and weights method followed by an egg wash and further baking. Most people don’t blind bake a fruit pie, but I’ve been loving the results lately! The bottom crust stays flaky and crisp. It’s totally optional, so if you don’t have the time for the blind bake just proceed without that step.

  1. Use a glass pie plate which conducts heat the best out of all pie dishes. Next up? Ceramic is great as well. 
  2. Chill the dough in the pie plate after forming it and before baking. 
  3. Dock your crust by poking about 10 times on the crust bottom and sides with a fork.
  4. Place tinfoil or parchment in the crust and add weights equal to the lip of the pie or at least halfway up. 
  5. If you’re really struggling with a less than flaky crust, pop a cookie sheet in the oven to preheat and place the pie plate on that. The bottom heat will help to keep the crust flaky.
  6. Start at 425 but if it’s browning too quickly be prepared to reduce the temperature to 375 after 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Egg wash! After the initial bake of the crust, after pulling out the weights and before it goes back in the oven to finish, simply brush the base of the crust lightly with an egg wash (1 egg white and a little water or 1 egg yolk and about 2 teaspoons heavy cream whisked together. Yolks brown more fyi) and then return the pie to the oven just to set the egg, 1-2 minutes. 

Can You Freeze Apple Pie Before Baking?

You can freeze apple pie before or after baking.

To freeze before baking, wrap tightly with foil or place in a heavy duty freezer bag and freeze.

Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How Do You Bake A Frozen Pie?

Place frozen pie on foil lined cookie sheet to catch any run over from juice.

Cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 degrees for approximately 35-45 minutes.

How Long Will Apple Pie Keep?

You can keep baked apple pies at room temperature for up to two days.

Apple pie can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Homemade Apple Pie

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Homemade Apple Pie

4.15 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8 -10 slices


For the Crust

  • 2 Cup Flour plus 4 Tablespoons
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Water cold, as cold as you can get it

For the Pie

  • 6-7 golden delicious apples peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter cut in small cubes


For the Crust

  • Mix flour and salt.
  • Stir flour mixture while pouring oil with a fork.
  • Sprinkle water over dough (sometimes I have to add less than 2 Tablespoons--so I add just one at a time).
  • Knead with hands until just incorporated. If mixture is to dry add a little more oil, but just barely.
  • Separate into 2 discs and wrap tightly with saran wrap.
  • Allow to rest in the fridge for 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  • Allow to sit out for 5 minutes, then sprinkle the counter with flour and dust the top of the dough.
  • Roll out one disc at a time pushing from the center out, turning a 1/4 turn after every roll until you've completed a smooth pie crust.
  • Gently fold in half and then in half the other way and lay in a pie pan.
  • Lift the edges and press down into the pan so you aren't stretching the dough.
  • Prick the bottom and sides with a fork. Blind bake the bottom crust if desired. *see note
  • Repeat with remaining dough and keep between 2 plastic sheets, and plastic over the pie dough in the pan and keep chilled while you start the apples.

For the Pie

  • Preheat the oven to 425.
  • Place the apples, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl and toss to coat.
  • Pour into the pie pan, top with butter and the 2nd pie dough sheet.
  • Cut out vents or whatever design you want.
  • Bake for 40 minutes checking and tenting the edges with foil after 20 minutes.
  • Allow to rest for a few hours before slicing.


*See our lemon meringue pie post for instructions on blind baking.
Golden delicious are softer apples but they are sweeter than granny's so we prefer them. You may substitute if you prefer a tart pie.
store apple pie loosely covered in the frig for up to 4 days
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 243mg11%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 162IU3%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Can you use store bought crust?

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    • Absolutely!

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  • I had high hopes for his one… the crust was so hard to work with it crumbled and fell apart. I finally was able to get a pie crust into my pan with pressing and fixing with the left over crust. I decided to go Dutch Apple and merged your two recipes together. Hopefully it will still be a good thanksgiving dessert. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you!

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      • I didn’t want to mess with the crust too much since thanksgiving was the next day. It ended up being a delicious Dutch Apple pie. I will stick to butter crusts moving forward. Thank you for sharing the other crust recipes. I will try those for sure!

      • Thanks Annette!

  • That apple pie looks absolutely fantastic. Beautiful photos, too. I look forward to trying this.

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  • Could this pie be made a day ahead? How well will it keep and reheat?

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    • Yes, it can definitely be made a day ahead! I like to just zap individual slices in the microwave for those that want it warm. If you want to warm up the whole pie, cover it in foil and stick it in the oven at 250 until it is warm.

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  • The colors are so vibrant and your photography is fantastic! Thx for sharing apple pie recipe, I definitely add it to my cookbook!

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    • Thank you so much, Robin! Enjoy!!

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  • I had a similar apple pie at a restaurant recently and found myself craving it and wondering if I could recreate it today. Happy Independence Day!

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    • Oh yay!

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  • Awesomeness apple pie recipe. What a fabulous recipe and bloggers feature! This pie is killin’ me. Thanks for sharing guys!

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    • THanks!

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  • I’m planning on making this for Thanksgiving along with your pumpkin pie and no bake banana pudding cheesecake. Will this crust work for your pumpkin pie as well?

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    • Absolutely!

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  • dear Sweet Basil, I just read all the wonderful comments about your pie, but my pie crust, came out nothing like your picture. The 2cups of flour that I used didn’t cover the bottom of the pie plate, or the top of the pie-I have baked pie’s in the past, but like so many use the shortening and butter or sour cream. I did use your oil recipe, cause it looks soooo flaky, and I too like so many have heard of using oil, so thought I’d try it for the first time.but..Lol…my crust looks nothing like yours! what happened? I read your instructions carefully, do you use extra flour in your recipe if you need too? well it’s baking in the oven right now-should I use more flour next time you think? well let me know-I’m sure the flavor will be good

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    • Hi Dolores,

      I’m sorry that happened. Without being there I’m not sure what happened. One thing that is easy to have occur in baking is the flour measurement as some are lighter handed while others are heavier so I’m assuming we just measure differently. In studies they’ve shown that people often have 1/3 cup difference when measuring flour! Crazy! It could also be that it wasn’t rolled out thin enough. I’m sorry, I wish I had been there so I could help!

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      • Dear Sweet Basil, I didn’t finish writing, anyway-I took the pie out of the oven, and let it cool. we ate, and I think it’s the most delicious apple pie I’ve had, my family agreed too. So what I’ll do, I’ll just double the recipe on the crust, and then I’ll have enough. I’m making this pie for Thanksgiving-Thank you for sharing your recipe/ it’s a keeper

      • Oh good!! I’m so thrilled!

  • Looks divine!! This might be a dumb question, but what kind of oil do you use in the crust?

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    • Not dumb at all! Canola oil 🙂

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  • You’re so right about apple pie! I’m an adorer too! I love apple pie but I like my apples a bit crunchy (sorry!) I love how your crust looks super super flaky in these pictures, it’s amazing! I’ve never made pie crust with oil before, this is the first time I’ve even heard of this, always butter or butter/shortening for me. Something new to try!

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    • It’s such a different recipe. The apples are different and the crust but it is awesome!

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  • Apple pie is my VERY favorite. This looks fantastic!

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  • There is nothing like homemade apple pie! That crust looks amazing. Pinning!

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    • Amen! It’s the best!

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  • Such a stunning pie. I wish I could make a beautiful crust like that…can I just come over and enjoy some pie with you 🙂

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    • Oh, don’t tease! I would love it!

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  • Apple pie is my absolute favorite! This one looks perfect!

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  • The crust is everything to me and yours looks beyond good! And yes making cookies can be fun. I still love making them and pies too 🙂 I’ll take both!

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  • “…chubby babies dancing”–Seriously made me laugh out loud!! Nothing brings people closer than chubby babies dancing. Thanks for the wonderful compliments. Luckily, I can honestly say them back about you!

    As for the pie…I have converted non-believers to apple pie because of this recipe. It is that good!

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    • I believe it! We even tried to fall in love with that other crust, but if it doesn’t turn out the same every time it’s clearly an imposter! Love this recipe and your sweet fam.

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  • I am an adorer of apple pie as well! However not the best baker, does letting the dough firm up ensure its flaky?

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    • Absolutely. Letting the dough rest is essential as you don’t want a warm, overworked crust or it will have developed the gluten too much and all melt together

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  • This is one delicious looking pie, I’d like a slice for breakfast 🙂

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    • And I may have done just that

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  • I’m a total ADORER too 🙂 There’s nothing better than a slice of classic apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream…yum!

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    • It just screams at home comfort doesn’t it?

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