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The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie


The Gourmandize Team

An unbelievable flakey crust that will melt in your mouth, filled with loads of apples in a perfect blend of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. This pie can also be made gluten-free and has a lower sugar option.

Rate this recipe 4.3/5 (179 Votes)


  • Filling:
  • 10 cups peeled cored and sliced cooking apples. I use Gravensteins
  • 1 cup sugar (for a lower sugar option substitute with half or all Splenda)
  • 3-4 Tbsp all-purpose flour (or gluten free)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • shake of nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp butter (or non dairy type)
  • Crust:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or gluten free.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening (I used Spectrum All Vegetable Shortening)
  • 7-8 Tbsp cold water


Servings 8
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 90mins
Cooking time 60mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 1

In a large microwave safe mixing bowl add:
10 cups peeled, cored, and sliced apples.

In a small mixing bowl add:
Sugar, 3-4 Tbsp flour, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Mix well.
Add sugar mixture to apples and mix well by gently tossing until all apples are covered with mixture.
Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. Gently mix well.
Microwave on high for another 3-4 minutes. Gently mix and set aside.

Step 2

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 2

In a large bowl add:
Flour and salt, mix well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until pieces are the size of small peas.

Step 3

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 3

Sprinkle in 1 Tbsp of water at a time gently tossing to mix with a fork until mixture is moistened enough to stick together and form a large ball.

Step 4

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 4

On a floured surface, preferably on a pastry cloth, roll out one half of dough into a circle a little larger than the pie plate. Rolling in quick movements from the center out is the best method and prevents tears in the dough. When dough is placed in the pie plate the bottom crust will need to hang over the edges of the dish. This prevents the fruit juices from leaking under the crust.

Step 5

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 5

Pour in apple mixture and top with pieces of butter.

Step 6

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 6

Roll out second half of pie crust the same way. May need to add more flour to the surface before rolling out. This half should also be slightly larger than the pie plate. Place over apples.

Step 7

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 7

Trim edges of crust evenly leaving enough dough to flute, which is basically the edging around the pie.

Step 8

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 8

To flute edges squeeze bottom and top crust together, fold over and push between index fingers and thumbs to form a pinched like edge. This takes practice and it doesn't need to be perfect. There are many ways to flute the edges. Gently cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape while baking. Juices from the fruit might bubble out too, like in my top photo.

Step 9

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 9

At this point I like to cover the edges of my pie with foil for the first half of the cooking time to prevent them from becoming overdone. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes with the foil. Remove foil and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes.

Step 10

The Best Ever Country-Style Apple Pie - Step 10

Pie should be a nice golden brown and the filling bubbling. Let pie sit before serving, about 90 minutes if possible. By letting the pie sit, the pie filling has a chance to set up just a bit. Serve with some ice cream and enjoy your pie!


Using a pie drip catcher or oven guard really helps keep your oven clean when baking pies. I highly recommend one.

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  • 1 puff pastry
  • 6 apples, sliced
  • 3 oz.  chilled butter, chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar



  1. Roll out a puff pastry.
  2. Lay out the apple slices in a pan.
  3. Add chunks of butter on top of the apples.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes in oven at 350°F, to caramelize the apples.
  6. Place puff pastry on top of the caramelized apples.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes at 350°F.
  8. Enjoy!

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Thanks misslcrae...glad you liked it!!

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justonemorething- This is great to know, I always hope my directions are easy to follow. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Best apple pie! Had some from Mary herself! 5/5 stars! :) :)

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Mary we made this pie today and it was awesome!!! Your directions were very helpful too. Thanks so much for this recipe and we plan to have it again over the holidays again.

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capbeatles - be patient with the gluten free flours, they won't be as easy to roll out, almost easier to press into dish. Taste will be great so don't give up.

I love pie too and make the lower sugar option for my gluten free pie.

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Thanks Amber, enjoy...and don't forget the ice cream : )

Leigha, that's a great idea. I think it would be a great potluck dessert!

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Yum! Love apple pie! Looks perfect for a fall potluck!

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This looks awesome, Mary! I can't wait to try the recipe!

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Wow this looks amazing!! Can't wait to try!

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I am always on the lookout for a good recipe and it has to be gluten free for me. Most gluten free recipes are also "taste free" but this pie looks so good that I am starting to drool on the keyboard already!

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