Classic apple pie

Prep 25 min
Total 1 hour 30 min
Plus 2 hr chilling time
Serves 8 to 10



2 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour
2 tbsp
granulated sugar
1 tsp
1/2 cup
cold lard, cubed
1/2 cup
cold unsalted butter, cubed
6 to 8 tbsp
ice water


6 cups
Golden Delicious apples, peeled and cut into scant 1/2-in. slices (about 6 apples)
4 cups
Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into scant 1/2-in. slices (about 3 apples)
1 tbsp
2 tbsp
2/3 cup
granulated sugar
1/4 cup
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg

Egg wash

egg, mixed with 1 tsp water
1 tsp
coarse sugar, (optional)


  • DOUGH: Whirl flour, 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp salt in a food processor until combined. Add lard and pulse 12 times until fine. Add 1/2 cup butter and pulse 7 or 8 times until pea-size. While pulsing, add ice water through the feed tube until dough just comes together. Divide dough in half and quickly press into balls. Wrap in plastic wrap, then flatten into discs. Refrigerate until firm, 1 hr.
  • POSITION rack in lowest level of oven. Place a baking sheet on rack. Preheat to 425F.
  • ROLL 1 dough portion into a 12-in. circle on a lightly floured surface. Press onto a 9-in. pie plate, then refrigerate. Roll remaining dough portion into a 13-in. circle. Place on a large plate and refrigerate.
  • FILLING: Toss apples with lemon juice in a large bowl. Melt 2 tbsp butter in an extra-large frying pan over medium. Add apples and cook, stirring, until liquid evaporates, 7 to 9 min. Transfer to a baking sheet and set on a rack, turning occasionally, until cooled, 25 min. Stir 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt and nutmeg in a bowl. Sprinkle over apples and toss to combine. Pour apples and any juices into chilled pie shell, spreading evenly.
  • PLACE remaining dough over apples, pressing edges of dough together. Trim edges with scissors, if needed, leaving 1/2-in. overhang. Fold top edge under bottom edge, then crimp together using index finger and thumb. Cut 3 to 5 steam vents on top. Brush with egg wash without touching the edges. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • PLACE pie on hot baking sheet and bake for 20 min. Reduce heat to 375F, then rotate pie. Continue baking until crust is deep golden brown and a paring knife can be easily inserted into apples, 20 to 25 min. Cover with foil if browning too quickly. Cool on rack for at least 2 hr.


Kitchen Tip: We tested every method out there, and the verdict is in! Cooking the apples before baking helps them maintain their shape, preventing a hollow, domed pastry crust and soft, overcooked apples. The extra step pays off!

Kitchen Tip: Let dough stand at room temperature until malleable before rolling to prevent cracking. You should be able to press a finger into the dough easily.


Calories 368, Protein 3 g, Carbohydrates 50 g, Fat 18 g, Fibre 2 g, Sodium 260 mg.

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