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Do you like pie? What is your favorite pie at Thanksgiving? We love pumpkin and pecan pie the best, but a good apple pie comes in at 3rd. I’ve never made an apple pie, so I started out simple and I’m sharing my Almost Homemade Apple Pie with a Lattice Crust recipe with you! Make sure to check out our other Dessert Recipes while you’re here!
- Premade refrigerated pie crusts
- 3 pounds of apples
- Brown sugar
- Apple pie spice
- Lemon juice
- 2 tbsp melted Butter
First thing to do is to take your pie crust out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature, then add your pie crust to your pie pan. We used a glass pie plate, but you can use an aluminum or other metal one if you like. Two crusts usually come in a package, so you can have the bottom and the top of the pie crust. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Chop and Cook Your Apples
Next you need to core then peel three pounds of apples. I used Fuji apples, but you might like a more bitter apple like Granny Smith. You will need to adjust your sugar amounts if you do though. The Fuji apples are sweeter so you don’t have to add as much sugar.
Then you want to chop them into small pieces.
After you chop the apples, add them to a medium size saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, and 2 tsp of apple pie spice. Add more sugar or spices if you prefer.
Turn your stovetop eye to medium/high heat and cook the apples down until they start to soften. You will notice they start to break down when you stir them. I like using a wooden spoon for this part.
Once they start to soften, usually takes about 10 minutes, use a potato masher to break them down even further. Now, you don’t have to do this. You can leave the apples larger and you can even slice the apples instead of chopping them. Up to you! Lower your heat to medium/low.
After about 5-10 minutes simmering on medium/low heat, remove the apples from the heat and add them to your pie crust. You can see here how I added my pie crust to my pie plate. It was a bit large for my plate, so I overlapped in a few areas around it.
Making Your Lattice Top Crust
We laid the round pie crust onto parchment paper and used a pizza cutter to cut it into 1.5 inch strips.
Then with the help of my hubby, we worked together to weave the strips like a basket. Some of your ends will go over the edges, so use a butter knife to cut those edges clean. Isn’t it pretty?!
The last thing we did before placing it into our oven was brush the crust with a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar. This will give the top layer a sweet crispy texture.
Cover with aluminum foil, that has air holes poked into it, and add it to a 350 degree oven. Bake it for 30 minutes. Remove the foil after 30 minutes, and bake it for 5-10 more minutes to brown the top crust.
I let the pie cool completely before I cut into it, but you could eat it sooner if you wanted. It was actually on accident, because I got busy and didn’t have a chance to try it until after it had completely cooled. If you prefer the pie warm, just pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds or the toaster oven for about 3-5 minutes.
Almost Homemade Apple Pie with a Lattice Crust Recipe
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I haven’t tried to freeze this pie, so I’m not sure if it can be frozen, but I do know that it will last in the fridge for about one week. I hope that you enjoyed this recipe and that you will try it for your family soon! Make sure to join our email family so we can keep in touch!