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Easy Homemade Rustic Apple Pie

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Buttery, flaky pie crust, wrapped by hand around a delicious apple pie filling. The perfect homemade apple pie served for dessert at a holiday dinner or just because!

A Rustic Apple Pie on a parchment paper on a wood background

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One of the things I love about this rustic pie, is that it is hand-made. You do not have to be a professional pie maker to make this pie beautiful. The great thing about this apple pie is, that it doesn’t have to look pretty. It’s rustic!



For the pie filling, I used Honeycrisp apples, because as you can see from my most recent recipe, Honeycrisp Harvest Salad, I’m a little obsessed. They turned out beautifully in this pie. I also used dried cranberries, to give the filling a wonderful texture.






Pie Crust

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Ice Water



Pie Filling 



 Crust Preparation








Pie Crust



[1] Begin by preparing the pie crust. One thing I learned about homemade pie crust is that you need to keep the ingredients cold, especially the butter. You can place all of the ingredients in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before beginning your prep, if you have time.



[2] Sift all of the dry ingredients together, then cut in the butter either with a pastry blender or a food processor. Either one will get the job done, just make sure you work quickly to keep the butter from softening.



Rolled out pie crust for Rustic Apple Pie, surrounded by flour



[3] When the butter is the size of peas, add 3 tablespoons of ice water. If the dough is too dry, add up to one more tablespoon of water, a teaspoon at a time.



[4] Place the pie dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and press it into a disc shape. Cover the dough with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.



[5] Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a large floured surface. Make sure you move the dough around and use a bench scraper when needed. Cover the rolled dough with the plastic wrap to keep it moist while you prepare the pie filling.



Pie Filling



Apples, cranberries, brown sugar, flour, and sugar in a bowl to make Rustic Apple Pie



[1] Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.



[2] Add the prepared apples as well as the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mix them together. Use your spoon to roughly chop the apples.



[3] Uncover the crust and spoon the  filling into the center, leaving 2-3 inches around the edge. Depending on the size of your apples, you may not need all of the filling.



Apple pie filling in the middle of pie crust to make a rustic apple pie



[4] Carefully fold the edges of the pie to the middle. Pinch to seal. Cut up the remaining butter and scatter around the top of the filling.



Rustic Apple Pie crust wrapped around pie filling



[5] Beat the egg and use a pastry brush to apply an egg wash to the crust. Sprinkle some sparkling sugar over the egg wash to give the pie a beautiful look and a little crunch.



A pastry brush brushing an egg wash on a pre cooked Rustic Apple Pie



A handful of sparkling sugar over Rustic Apple Pie



Using your bench scraper, transfer the rustic apple pie to a parchment lined baking sheet.



Place the baking sheet in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. Bake the pie for 40-45 minutes until the crust is a deep golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. If the crust cooks faster than the filling, tent the pie with foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking.



A Rustic Apple Pie



Transfer the apple pie to a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Slice the pie and serve it warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.



Helpful Kitchen Tools 



Pie crust wrapped around apple pie filling to make an apple gallette

Easy Rustic Apple Pie

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Passive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Buttery, flaky pie crust, wrapped by hand around a delicious apple pie filling. The perfect homemade apple pie served for dessert at a holiday dinner or just because!


  • 1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup butter, cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Ice Water
  • 4 Medium Apples, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, peeled. cored. sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries, optional
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Sparkling Sugar


All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust

  1. Add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, over the flour mixture.
  2. Pulse or stir the mixture until large clumps form.
  3. When the dough begins to hold together, lay it on large piece of plastic wrap and use the wrap to for the dough into a ball. Flatten out the ball into a disc shape and cover completely with the plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.

Apple Pie

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, add all of the filling ingredients, except the butter, and stir until the apples are evenly coated. Use your spoon to roughly chop the apples.
  3. Place the filling in the center of the rolled out dough, leaving a 2-3 inch border. Fold the border up and around the filling, pleating it together. Leave a circular opening in the center. Dot the filling with butter. Brush the top of the dough with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the sparkling sugar.
  4. Transfer the rustic pie to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes until the crust is a deep golden brown and the filling is bubbling. If the crust is browning too fast, tent the pie with foil for the remaining cooking time.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 327mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 5gSugar: 45gProtein: 4g

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