Best Apple Pie Recipe

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I love apple pie, and fall seems like the best time to make it. I found this recipe in the The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion cookbook, and decided I had to try it. It uses rum and cider in the apple pie filling, which intrigued me. It was delicious, and the small amount of rum enhanced the taste. I modified the recipe a little to cut the amount of sugar in the recipe and increase the cinnamon. I think most apple pie recipes use too much sugar, apples are so naturally sweet already they just don’t need much extra. I use very little sugar in my apple pies, and no one has ever complained they aren’t sweet enough.

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Best Apple Pie Recipe

Published By Anne
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
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  • pie crust
  • 3 1/4 lbs apples peeled, slice and cored (I used Gala apples)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon rum
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Mix apples, cider, rum, lemon juice and vanilla together and stir.
    3 1/4 lbs apples, 1/4 cup apple cider, 1 Tablespoon rum, 2 Tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • In another bowl mix all the dry ingredients - sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Stir the dry ingredients into the apples.
    1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Roll out a pie crust and put it in a 9 inch pie plate. Add the filling. Then roll out the second crust and put it on top. Cut a few slashes in the crust.
    pie crust
  • Bake pie for 15 minutes. Then lower heat to 375 and bake for 45 minutes.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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10 thoughts on “Best Apple Pie Recipe”

  1. Sounds really wonderful! And I love the fact that you use minimal sugar and just let the apples do the sweetening. I’ve wondered that myself…why do people add so much sugar to things like apple pie? They taste better without it!


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