This deep dish apple pie recipe features layers upon layers of sweet spiced apples nestled in a buttery flaky pie crust. Top with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate homestyle dessert.
Apple pie is my favorite pie on the planet. It’s my favorite of all the Thanksgiving pies, and I certainly don’t limit it to the fall season. I’ve been making this deep dish apple pie recipe for years and easily consider it to be the best apple pie. That is, of course, if we’re not counting salted caramel apple pie. The recipes are pretty similar, but the other includes salted caramel. I’m ALL about that!
Deep Dish Apple Pie
Today we’re diving deep… and I mean super deep… into homemade apple pie. Deep dish style should be the only pie style. The higher the layers of apples, the better. If apple pie doesn’t tower over the pie dish edge, it’s just not worth it. But did you know that there’s a craft to deep dish apple pie? You can’t simply add more apples to any apple pie recipe.
And let’s take some time to discuss that.
Start With Quality Pie Crust
You need a sturdy crust to sandwich all those apples. Whether you’re a pie crust beginner or pro, I encourage you to read through my pie crust recipe. There is nothing quite like homemade pie crust and my grandmother’s recipe has consistently proven its authority over the past several decades. It’s our family’s favorite and I’ve been using it ever since I could lift a rolling pin.
This recipe uses a mixture of butter and shortening to provide a quality combination of sturdy, flaky, and buttery. I also have an all butter pie crust if you’re interested. But for best taste and texture, swear by using both shortening and butter. You can taste the difference.
Deep Dish Apple Pie Filling Ingredients
This deep dish apple pie has a deliciously gooey, sweet, spiced, and layered apple filling. These next few ingredients are my go-to ingredients for most apple pie recipes. (Even my apple cheddar pie, too!)
- Apples – It’s best to use a variety of apples in apple pie. Just like when we make apple cake, I recommend using half tart and half sweet. I love tart Granny Smith apples paired with a sweet variety such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Jazz, or Fuji. Here is a complete list of the best apples for baking.
- Spices – Apple pie isn’t apple pie without warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It also isn’t apple pie without a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, but we’ll get to that in a second. Add allspice to the filling for a little something extra.
- Lemon – A touch of lemon is crucial in apple pies. Not enough to taste the lemon, but just enough to prevent the apples from browning and to keep the flavor bright.
- Sugar – Sugar sweetens the pie filling.
- Flour – Flour thickens the pie filling.
How to Make Deep Dish Apple Pie
- Roll out the bottom pie dough. Tuck the dough into a deep dish pie pan. Refrigerate as you prepare the filling. Remember, cold pie dough is key to pie making.
- Make the filling. Stir all of the filling ingredients together in a large bowl. An optional step, and something I’ve been doing more recently, is to pre-cook the filling on the stove for just a few minutes. This begins to soften the apple slices, and helps to meld the flavors together. I find it makes for a juicier, and more flavorful filling!
- Pile the filling into the pie dish. Don’t just pour the apples in. Instead, make sure the apple slices are compact inside. Tuck them in tightly so there’s hardly any air pockets.
- Add the top pie crust. I have a whole tutorial on how to lattice pie crust, which is how I topped this pictured pie. Alternatively, you can make a double crust pie by laying the 2nd rolled out pie crust on top. Slit some vents on top with a sharp knife.
- Flute the edges. If you’re unsure how, I show you how I flute edges in the video on my all butter pie crust page. You could also simply crimp the edges with a fork. I used to trim the edges of pie crust before fluting or crimping, but I don’t anymore. I like a thick-style pie crust edge!
- Brush with egg wash. Egg wash is a combination of egg and milk and gives the pie crust its golden sheen. Pie crust looks very dull without it. For a little crunch and sparkle, I always add a touch of coarse sugar on top too.
- Bake: Bake the deep dish apple pie until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling through the vents, about 1 hour. Baking the pie at an initial high temperature helps set the crust. After about 25 minutes, lower the oven temperature.
- Cool: The longer you let apple pie cool, the more the filling will set. I recommend cooling for at least 3 full hours before slicing and serving.
3 Tips for Deep Dishing
- Uniform Size Apples: Make sure your apple slices are uniform in size. Why? You don’t want some thick solid apples and some thin mushy apples. You want them all to be a deliciously crunchy-soft texture. Aim for about 1/4-inch thick slices. If the apple slices are too thin, they’ll just pack themselves down and you’ll lose all deep dishiness. –> the accurate term here.
- Use a Ton of Apples: This sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many apple slices can fit into a pie crust. Pile them so high that it looks ridiculous.
- Use the Correct Pan: My all-time favorite pie dish is deep-dish style, but perfect for regular (non-deep-dish style) pies as well. You want a pie dish at least 2 inches tall.
Each bite of this pie is stacked with sweet spiced apples. There’s clearly no shortage of apple slices, so if you’re crazy for apple pie, this is a must in your baking future. Top it with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel because you and I don’t mess around when it comes to dessert. A dollop of whipped cream would be excellent here, too! 🙂
More Classic Pie Recipes
- Salted Caramel Apple Pie
- Lemon Meringue Pie
- Pecan Pie
- Blueberry Pie
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Key Lime Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
Deep dish apple pie features layers and layers of delicious apple slices and a buttery flaky pie crust!
- Homemade Pie Crust (my recipe makes 2 crusts; 1 for bottom 1 for top)
- 8–9 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced into 1/4-inch slices (11–12 cups, or 1375–1500g total)*
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
- 1 Tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon each: ground allspice & ground nutmeg
- egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
- optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on crust
- The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
- Make the filling: In a large bowl, stir the apple slices, sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg together until thoroughly combined.
- Optional pre-cook: Pour the apple filling into a very large skillet, or dutch oven, and place over medium heat. Stir and cook for 5 minutes until the apples begin to soften. Remove from heat and set aside. This step is optional, but I’ve found it makes for a juicier, more flavorful filling because it helps begin to soften the apples. If you can, take the few extra minutes to do this, because the flavor is worth it!
- Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
- Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (keep the other one in the refrigerator). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9×2-inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Spoon the filling into the crust. It’s ok if it is still warm from the precooking step.
- Finish assembling: Remove the other disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a circle that is 12 inches diameter. Lattice the pie crust. Crimp or flute the edges to seal.
- Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash. Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar, if using.
- Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. After the first 25 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly. Keeping the pie in the oven, reduce the temperature to 375°F (190°C) and bake for an additional 35–40 minutes until the crust is golden-brown.
- Remove the pie from the oven and set it on a wire rack. Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before slicing and serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Make Ahead / Freezing Instructions: A couple ways to make ahead of time! Make 1 day in advance: After it cools, cover tightly and keep at room temperature. The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Baked pie also freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Prepared fillings can also be frozen up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
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