I've caught the baking bug lately. This fall weather is really putting me in the mood to make treats from scratch. My grandma gave me an entire bag of apples, so, I thought I'd try making homemade apple pie this weekend.

I had never made pie crust from scratch before. Usually, if I'm in the mood for pie, I buy the pre-made Sarah Lee brand that you just put in the oven. I was really nervous to make pie because I've heard horror stories from people about how hard it is.

I made EVERYTHING from scratch and the pie turned out amazing--so much, in fact, that I decided to share my recipe with you because it's fool proof!

Ashli's Dutch apple pie recipe;

Crust ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of ice cold water (you will not use the entire cup)

You'll want to start by mixing the butter, shortening and salt together in a Kitchen Aid mixer if you have one. The mixture should become fluffy and creamy. Then, add in the flour. Stir it all together until the mixture is crumbly. Then, get a cup, add in cold water and add ice cubes to it. Add only a tablespoon of the ice cold water at a time. stir the mixture until it is sticky but not wet. It should be just sticky enough to form a ball. 

Cut the dough in half. Form 1/2 of the mixture in a ball on place it on top of wax paper. Put another piece of wax paper on top of the ball. Next, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough that's sandwiched between the paper. You'll want to roll the dough out to fit a 9-inch pie pan (you'll have enough dough for two pie crusts). The dough should be rolled pretty thin, about 1/8 inch thick. Repeat process for the second crust. Spray your pan with a non-stick spray and place the crust in the pie. You can create a fun design with the crust if you choose. 

Pie filling ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 cups of peeled and chopped apples

Set aside your apples. Add all of the ingredients to a pot on the stove top. Bring it to a boil. Add in the apples. Let that mixture simmer on low for 8-10 minutes. Let the mixture cool a bit. Add the mixture to your pie crust. You might have to double the batch if you're making two pies. 

Crisp topping ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 table spoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Add in all of your ingredients to one bowl. The mixture should be wet and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the top of your pie. You should have enough mixture to completely cover two pies. 

Baking instructions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cover your pie crust with tin foil as to protect the outer edges from burning. Place the pies on a baking sheet as some of the filling may bubble over. Bake the pies at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Then, turn your oven heat down to 375 degrees and bake the pies for another 2 hours. Check the pie periodically. 

Remove your pie from the oven and allow it to cool and set for 2 hours before serving. If you eat it right away the filling may become runny. 

I like to serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! You'll seriously love this pie because it's the perfect blend of crust and apple crisp. Your family's taste buds will fall in love with this recipe! My husband and I both agree that this is the best apple pie we've ever had.

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