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BAs Best Apple Pie

This recipe for homemade apple pie delivers on every front. Its got a perfectly flaky pie crust, no soggy bottom around the corner, and a filling packed with saucy (not gloopy) thinly sliced apples hit with the ideal level of warming spice.

Youll require a deep-dish pie plate to carry the four pounds of fruit packed in here, and we suggest being extra choosy when choosing apples for pie. Choose sweet-tart firm baking apples like Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Jonagold in the fall, when apples come in season. All of those other year turn to Golden Delicious or Granny Smith applesand dont hesitate to utilize multiple varieties in one pie. Amp up the flavor of one’s chosen apples with a cider-vanilla syrup and a whisper of cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom (sufficient to improve the fruit however, not overwhelm it).

For the pie crust recipe, dont miss the genius trick of quartering and stacking the pie dough, which ensures a bevy of flaky layers, while your final sprinkling of demerara sugar outrageous of the pie gives it sparkle and crunch.

As pastry chef and former BA senior food editor Claire Saffitz explains, this apple pie recipe is something you cant rush. It needs ample chilling, baking, and resting, so plan accordingly, especially if youre rendering it for Thanksgiving. Thankfully, like pecan and pumpkin pie, it could be made a complete day beforehand. Even though its excellent with vanilla ice cream, it could stand proudly all alone.

Ingredients

8 Servings

Dough

3

cups all-purpose flour

2

Tbsp. granulated sugar

1

tsp. kosher salt

1

cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2

Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Filling and Assembly

4

lb. Pink Lady or other firm, sweet-tart apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

cup (packed) darkish sugar

cup granulated sugar

2

Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2

tsp. ground cinnamon

tsp. kosher salt

tsp. ground allspice

tsp. ground cardamom

All-purpose flour (for surface)

1

cups unfiltered apple cider

1

vanilla bean, split lengthwise

2

Tbsp. cornstarch

1

large egg

2

Tbsp. chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Demerara sugar (for sprinkling)

Special Equipment

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