Deep Dish Apple Pie Recipe

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.

slice of deep dish apple pie on white plate with a fork

Apple pie is my favorite pie on the planet. I’ve been making this deep dish apple pie recipe for years and easily consider it to be the best apple pie on the planet. 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.

apple pie with a slice on pie server

Deep dish apple pie with lattice pie crust with a slice cut out

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.

rolled out pie dough

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. I always recommend using half tart and half sweet. I love  tart Granny Smith apples paired with a sweet variety such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Jazz, and/or Fuji.
  • 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 ground cloves and 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.

apples for apple pie filling

2 images of apple pie filling in glass bowl and filling in pie dish

How to Make Deep Dish Apple Pie

  1. 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.
  2. Make the filling. Stir all of the filling ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

lattice pie dough

apple pie with lattice pie crust

3 Tips for Deep Dishing

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

deep dish apple pie slice on white plate

deep dish apple pie slice with vanilla ice cream on white plate

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. 🙂

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slice of deep dish apple pie on white plate with a fork

Deep Dish Apple Pie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 7 hours
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Deep dish apple pie features layers and layers of delicious apple slices and a buttery flaky pie crust! 


Ingredients

  • Homemade Pie Crust (my recipe makes 2 crusts; 1 for bottom 1 for top)
  • 67 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced into 1/4 inch slices (11-12 cups total)*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon (2 tsp zest + 2 Tbsp juice)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: ground allspice, ground cloves, & ground nutmeg
  • egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on crust

Instructions

  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
  2. Make the filling: In a large bowl, stir the apple slices, sugar, flour, lemon zest + juice, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg together until thoroughly combined. Set filling aside as the oven preheats. This gives the filling a chance to rest.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  4. 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 and discard the leftover juices in the bottom of the bowl.
  5. 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.
  6. Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash. Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar, if using.
  7. Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 375°F (190°C) and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  8. Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. Special Tools (affiliate links): Pastry Blender | Rolling Pin | Deep Dish Pie Dish | Pastry Brush | Pie Crust Shield

Keywords: apples, Thanksgiving, pie

140 Comments

  1. Christine Doederlein says:

    Hi Sally, I would like to say I enjoy your recipes . I made this pie to challenge myself because you had step by step instructions so what could go wrong! i made sure I followed every little advice you gave. The apples were not soft, I made sure they were all cut the same size and 1/4 in just like you said. It was alot of work to be let down when I took a bite. Can the apples be cooked for a few minutes before adding them into the pie dish?

    1. Hi Christine! Thank you so much for trying this apple pie recipe. What type of apple did you use? I wonder if they were firmer than other varieties. Feel free to pre-cook them next time. You can soften them on the stove with a little butter, then mix in all of the rest of the filling ingredients.

  2. Hi Sally
    Made the Deep Dish Apple Pie today… it was wonderful !!
    It was a big hit
    Thank you for such amazing recipes
    Going to try your pumpkin bread tomorrow

  3. Hi Sally! I was wanting to try the deep dish pie recipe however my pie dish is 10 x 2, not 9 x 2. Will this recipe still work?

    1. Hi Karen, yes this recipe will still work for that size pie dish. If you’re using my homemade pie crust recipe– when you divide the prepared dough in half to yield 2 discs (1 for bottom and 1 for top), see if you can make 1 of the discs a bit larger. You’ll need slightly more dough to cover the bottom of a 10 inch pan. You’ll have a little less for the top pie crust. Does this make sense?

  4. Hi Sally,
    Thank you for this recipe. I’m a big fan of your cupcake and frosting recipes but this will be my first time to bake apple pie or any kind of pie for that matter. Are Granny Smith apples suitable for this recipe? I’m concerned that they might be too firm and will not bake well or soften.

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Mary, thanks so much for your positive feedback! We recommend using a variety of apples in apple pie- half tart and half sweet. We love tart Granny Smith apples paired with a sweet variety such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Jazz, and/or Fuji. Happy baking!

      1. Thank you, Hilari. I will need to get some sweet apples then. I’m also looking at the Salted Caramel Apple Pie recipe and saw Sally’s response to a similar question. It needs a mix of tart and sweet apples.

  5. This is a question, not a comment. I am a major prep ahead person. Could I put the bottom pie crust in pan, layer plastic wrap and then add filling, put on top crust, wrap completely and freeze like that? Of course remove plastic wrap before baking. If yes, should I bake frozen or defrost in refrigerator before baking. Thank you.

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Sheryl, You can freeze the assembled pie before baking (no need for plastic between the layers – just on the outside). No need to thaw before baking, especially if you’re using a quality pan like a glass pyrex or disposable pan. The bake time will be a little longer.

  6. Hi There!
    I really liked this recipe, your crust recipe combined with this recipe was very good…but…I really wanted more “sauce” in the pie. Is there something I could add to make sure there’s more of that gooey yummy sauce…? I didn’t think the pie was overly sweet (I used Galas and Granny Smiths) So maybe just 1/4 c more sugar to the filling….? Thx!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Paula, Thank you for trying this recipe, we are happy you enjoyed it! You can certainly add more sugar if you wish. Make sure your apples are sliced to 1/4 inch and If you decide to use some of the juices that collect in the bottom of the bowl instead of discarding them, I recommend using a glass pie dish so that you can see the bottom crust to make sure it’s fully cooked and not soggy. I hope this helps!

  7. I just tried this recipe, the pie is in the oven as we speak. I am super excited as i love all of your recipes!
    I have some questions:
    -If I want to make two pies next time, are all of the proportions the same (for crust and pie contents)?
    -I did not have all spice so I use 1/2 tsp of apple pie spice (has cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice), 1/4 cloves, and the 1.5 tsp cinnamon. Should I do it different next time or just purchase allspice?
    -Any tips for how to tell its done other than baking time-my oven temp fluctuates so I have a thermometer to watch it, but I was wondering if there was anything equivalent to checking with a toothpick like we do with cakes?
    Thank you so much!

    1. When it starts to bubble-add 10 minutes. If top browning too much, tent with foil.

  8. Kimberly Cornetta says:

    Made this pie a while back and it was a huge hit. I would like to make this a week in advance so I will be freezing it but if I wanted to warm it up, is it possible?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Kimberly, After the pie has been frozen you can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then if you wish to serve warm pie you can reheat it a warm oven (you may need to cover the top so it doesn’t get too brown). Enjoy!

  9. Hi Sally! I just have to say I’ve been following your recipes for a loooong time and they never disappoint. So I’m super excited to make an apple pie for the first time this Thanksgiving. Does the All Butter Crust Recipe work well with this also?

    1. Hi Christina, thank you so much and good luck with your first ever apple pie! The all butter pie crust works with this recipe, but I strongly recommend my butter/shortening pie crust. It’s a lot easier to work with, especially if you’re a beginner!

      1. Thank you! I’m a beginner at pies for sure, so I will try the butter/shortening pie crust my first go around!

  10. My FAVORITE apple pie! I have tried a handful of other recipes and felt none of them got it quite “right”. This one was a hit and I can’t wait to make it over and over again!

  11. I’m torn between making this deep dish apple pie with a braided lattice crust and your apple crumble pie. What are your thoughts on somehow combining the two? Maybe sprinkle the crumble on top or under the lattice…too much?

    1. Hi Caitlin, I don’t think it’s necessary to use both a crumble topping AND top crust. That may overpower the apples. However, you can certainly try it if you’d like. Crumble topping under the lattice should be ok, but make sure the filling doesn’t overflow. You may want to use only a small amount of crumble topping or slightly reduce the apple filling.

  12. Lorraine Vega says:

    Hi Sally,

    I absolutely love your recipes. I look at a bunch of different ones every time I want to try something new, but yours are always the one I select! They are easy to follow, always come out great and you have great tips that I need being new to this baking thing over the last year. Always a hit! I even bought your cookbook, love that too! Making this recipe for second time for Thanksgiving, Thank you for being such a great resource!
    P.S. I prepared more apples this time, you’re right, never too many apples!!

  13. This was my first time making apple pie and it turned out awesome. Hands down best apple pie I’ve ever had! Especially the crust is to die for! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being such a reliable source for baking!

  14. Luciana Misura says:

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving, and it was very good! In retrospect, I should have added more apples to it, but it tasted great anyway (I used Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples). I had a hard time with the lattice, the dough kept breaking while doing it, I guess it was too warm?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Luciana, We are so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Yes, the colder the dough the easier it is to work with. You may find the post How to Lattice Pie Crust helpful if you try it again.

    2. Hi Luciana, I had this problem to. Just add a little bit more water to your dough.

  15. Hello Sally, I am 13 years old and I just made this recipe and I love it!! It is perfect for a Christmas family gathering. Thank you and have a merry Christmas!!:)

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Thank you so much for making this recipe, Annabelle! Merry Christmas to you too.

  16. Michael Hatter says:

    Hi Sally..I’ve taken up baking as one of my retirement hobbies and have become somewhat addicted to your easy to follow web site. This was my first attempt at making a pie. Everything seem to go well except my apple filling was way to soft and the comments from my number one test taster (aka my beautiful wife) was the filling was to soft and it was a little over spiced. I used only granny apples. What can I try different the next time?
    Thanks so much!!

    1. Hi Michael, thank you so much for trying this apple pie recipe. If you try it again, feel free to reduce the amount of cinnamon and/or allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. Reducing the bake time or cutting thicker slices of apples should help keep the filling firmer. (It’s possible yours may have been over-baked?)

  17. Hi Sally….I’ve taken up baking since I retired last year and really following your recipes on your web site. Today was first ever attempt at a deep dish apple pie. Everything seem to go well. Comments from my official taste tester (aka my beautiful wife) was the filling was to soft and it seemed to be a little over spiced. I used only granny apples. Looking for a few pointers to improve for the next time….thanks so much.

  18. This is a terrific recipe! I made only a minor change in the ingredients: I used light brown sugar instead of granulated white. I also made a minor change in the technique: I mixed the flour, sugar and spices in a small bowl and then added this mixture a little at a time to the apples. This ensures that the apples are all coated the same way.

  19. Isabel Kilayko says:

    Hi Anna, Just want to thank you that its so delicious. I have following your recipes and they are easy to make!

  20. I LOVE all your recipes, but this one was not a favorite at all. I didn’t like the cloves and additional spices. I miss apple pie like my Grandma used to make- just apples, cinnamon, and sugar. This one tasted like mulled cider during the Fall season. If you like that, it’s great. I still love you, Sally. You are always my ‘go to’ for recipes.

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