Old Fashioned Apple Pie

Old Fashioned Apple Pie with buttery brown sugar cinnamon apple filling and flaky crust is a favorite dessert. We made our pie with Red Delicious Apples because they are so easy to find.

old fashioned apple pie and a slice on a plate

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Homemade Apple Pie

This homemade apple pie recipe undoubtedly makes the best apple pie. This old-fashioned apple pie has a flaky, buttery homemade pie crust and a perfectly spiced apple pie filling. It’s sure to be a family favorite.

What Are the Best Kinds of Apples to Use for Pies?

When making an old-fashioned apple pie, you will get the best flavor with a combination of apples. You’ll get a homemade apple pie with a more complex, deeper flavor by using more than one kind. Aim for a mix of sweet and tart apples and apples that cook up soft and firm. However, some apples are more suitable for pies than others.

Granny Smith – Green and tart with a wonderful flavor. However, this apple tends to lose shape and become mushy when cooked. So don’t use more than two Grannies in your pie.

Golden Delicious – Sweet and yellow. It will retain its shape while baking.

Jonagold – A cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious with a beautiful aromatic flavor. Jonagolds are sweet and sharp and hold their shape when baked. 

FujiA firm, crisp, juicy balance of sweet and tart that keeps its shape during baking.

Braeburn – Crisp and sweet and bakes up juicy and firm.

Cortland – Tart and juicy. This is a relatively soft, all-purpose apple variety.

Gala – Crisp and sweet and a great pick for baking.

Honey Crisp – Sweet, crisp, and juicy. Holds its shape when baked. 

Red Delicious – Not good for pies. This apple is ideal for snacking but doesn’t hold up to heat.

Here’s a complete guide to a wide variety of apples (some you may never have heard of) and how to best use them.

Should You Cook the Apples Before Making a Pie?

You can make a homemade apple pie in two different ways. One involves cooking the apples first, and the second is baking with uncooked apples. The two methods create different kinds of pie.

If you like the apples in your pie to be falling apart, cooking them first helps achieve that goal. If you want firmer apples with some structure, it’s best not to cook them first. 

CopyKat Tip: Don’t just dump a pile of raw apples into the bottom crust. Stacking and packing them in neatly like a strudel gives you the most apple-y pie. 

Why Do You Put Lemon Juice in the Apples?

Tossing your sliced apples in lemon juice prevents oxidation of the apples, which means it stops them from turning brown. Lemon juice also adds extra tartness to a batch of not-too-tart apples for those who don’t like their pie to be too sweet.

Read this interesting discussion on whether you really need to add lemon juice when baking with apples. Hint: Don’t panic if you don’t have a lemon!

Why Do You Put Flour in the Apples?

Flour tossed with fresh apples and spices thickens the juices from the apples during baking. You end up with a beautiful thickened, spiced sauce in your pie. 

Red Delicious Apple Pie Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Red delicious or gala apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground cloves
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Shortening
  • Water
  • Milk
old fashioned apple pie ingredients

How to Make Old Fashioned Apple Pie

Here are the steps for making an apple pie from scratch:

  1. Peel and slice apples and discard the core and seeds.
  2. Put the apple slices into a large bowl.
  3. Add lemon juice and stir to coat the apple slices with lemon juice.
  4. Blend flour, salt, and shortening until it feels like small peas.
  5. Add cold water and mix until the dough starts sticking together.
old fashioned apple pie crust dough in a mixing bowl
  1. Divide dough in half.
  2. Place one half on a floured surface and roll it out for the bottom crust.
  3. Place the rolled-out crust in the bottom of a pie pan.
  4. To the sliced apples, add sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt. Stir to coat apples with sugars and seasonings.
  5. Place the apple slices into the crust.
  6. Top with sliced butter.
old fashioned apple pie filling in the crust
  1. Roll out the remainder of the dough and place it on top of the apples. Seal the edges.
  2. Brush the top of the crust lightly with milk and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top
  3. Cut slices in the top crust to vent while baking.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 50 minutes or until done.

If you want a lattice pie crust, cut the dough for the top of the pie into strips and place them in a crisscross pattern over the filling.

a slice of old fashioned apple pie and a fork on a plate

Best Toppings for Homemade Apple Pie

Here are some great ways to top a classic apple pie:

  • Enjoy this favorite fall pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you’re feeling adventurous, a scoop of strawberry, butter pecan, or maple walnut ice cream will make for a delicious alternative.
  • Make caramel-pecan apple pie. Immediately after your pie comes out of the oven, drizzle it with caramel sauce or ice cream topping (about 1/3 cup). Then sprinkle with chopped pecans (2‑4 tablespoons).
  • A dollop of fresh whipped cream is soft and light and strikes the perfect balance with the sweetness of the pie. 
  • There’s an old expression, Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze! In New England, it’s traditional to serve apple pie with slices of Vermont sharp cheddar cheese. The salty tang of the cheese, paired with the pie’s buttery sweetness, is a match made in flavor heaven. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

How to Store Your Old Fashioned Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie will be fine for a couple of days on your counter at room temperature. Lightly cover it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. (Keep the wrapping loose, so the crust can breathe and stay crisp.)

If there’s any pie left after a couple of days, it will keep for a few more days in the fridge. You can choose to warm the pie in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

To freeze a baked pie, allow it to cool completely, then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap to get as much air pressed out as possible and place it in a 2-gallon freezer storage bag and seal. (You could also wrap the pie in a layer of foil.) Apple pie can be frozen for up to 4 months.

To reheat, thaw the pie in the refrigerator overnight. After removing the bag and plastic wrap, cover the pie with foil, and bake in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

overhead view of an old fashioned apple pie and 2 apples

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old fashioned apple pie and a slice on a plate

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

This Old Fashioned Apple Pie with buttery cinnamon apple filling is sure to be a family favorite.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Pie, Apple Recipes, Old Fashioned Apple Pie, Pie Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 445kcal


Apple Pie Filling

  • 6 cups peeled, cored, and sliced apples red delicious or gala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Apple Pie Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup shortening
  • 4 tablespoons water cold
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place apple slices into a large bowl and stir in lemon juice.
  • Blend 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and shortening until it feels like small peas.
  • Add COLD water and blend until the dough starts sticking together.
  • Divide the dough in half and place half on a floured surface
  • Roll out the dough for the bottom crust. Take care and do not overwork the dough or it will get tough and will not be tender.
  • Place the rolled out pie crust in the bottom of a pie plate.
  • To the sliced apples, add sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, salt, and 2 tablespoons flour. Stir to coat apples.
  • Place the apples in the bottom pie crust.
  • Top apples with sliced butter.
  • Roll out the remainder of the dough and place it on top of the apples. Seal the edges.
  • Brush the top of the crust lightly with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon and granulated sugar.
  • Cut a few 1-inch slices in the top crust to vent it while baking.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until done.


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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Reader Interactions


    • Stephanie Manley

      I don’t know that you did anything wrong here. Sometimes some apples have less water content in them than other times. Some apples go into cold storage for up to a year before they are sold and they can lose moisture. I don’t know what type of apples were used. If after you blended the fruit filling together and it did not begin to get moist and sweat some of the juice out of the apples you could have added a little water or apple juice to help this process along.

  1. Chefsomeone

    5 stars
    I LOVE APPLE PIE DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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