Traditional Amish Apple Pie Recipe

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Amish Apple Pie with a double crust

I grew up eating lots of delicious Amish pies. My mom baked pie quite frequently, and we often had pie for Sunday church dinner as well. For our Sunday church dinner, we were usually served apple Schnitz pie (click here for the recipe) or regular Amish apple pie.

I also love Dutch apple pie with a crumb topping, and I will be sharing that recipe too. But today I decided to share a traditional double-crusted Amish apple pie recipe. It is very easy to make and it won’t take very long to put it together.

The Amish do a lot of canning

We used to do a lot of canning all summer long. And by the end of the summer, we had shelves upon shelves full of all kinds of canned goods. It was a beautiful sight, to see all the jars full of food that we labored so long and hard for.

We had rows of canned pickles, pickled beets, chow chow, canned dried beans, green beans, vegetable soup, ketchup, tomato juice, stewed tomatoes, pasta sauce, salsa, jellies, apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie filling, grape juice, peaches, pears, sweet cherries, cherry pie filling, and probably more things that I can’t think of right now.

Then we froze lots of fruits and vegetables too. So we spent many hours, all summer long, growing, harvesting, and preserving food.

If you want to can a lot of peaches, you may appreciate a few tips on how to make peeling peaches an easy job. (Click here for tips).

Canned Apple Pie Filling

We canned lots of apple pie filling, so my mom usually made apple pie with homemade canned pie filling. It’s very quick to assemble a pie with ready-made filling.

But this recipe with fresh apples is also very quick and easy to make. Making the crust and cutting the apples is the only thing that’s time-consuming.

How to make Lancaster County Amish Apple Pie

You will need two 9″ pie crusts, a bigger one for the bottom and a smaller one for the top. (Flaky Amish pie crust recipe here)

Peel, core, and chop four or five apples (depending on their size). Granny Smiths are great apples to use for baking, but you can use a variety of tart, crisp apples for more flavor.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt. Add chopped apples and stir till they are all coated.

apple pie filling

Pour apple mixture into the crust (you want to pile it full, as the apples will shrink when baked), lay thin slices of butter over the top.

Amish apple pie

Using cold water, wet the edges of the crust with your fingers (this helps to seal the edges). Now put the top crust on, and lightly press the edges together. Using a knife, trim off extra crust around the edges. Now you can crimp the edges for a neat finish.

You will need to make a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. And brush the top of your pie with egg yolk or cream and sprinkle with a bit of sugar for a beautiful color and shine.

Amish apple pie
Excuse my pathetic attempt at cutting an apple into my crust 😉

Bake in the middle of the oven, at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for another 45 – 50 minutes. Cool on rack.

This is a traditional American Apple Pie Recipe.

Another Amish pie recipe: Amish wet-bottom shoofly pie

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Amish Apple Pie Recipe

This traditional, double-crusted, Amish apple pie is delicious and very easy to make. Its aroma will make your house smell heavenly.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 9" pie crust pastries for a double crust
  • 4 – 5 apples Granny smith, or a variety of crisp apples
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Peel, core, and chop apples.
  • Mix sugars, cinnamon, salt, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Add to apples and stir to coat.
  • Pour the apple mixture into the crust. Dot with thin slices of butter.
  • Wet the edge of the crust with cold water, and put your second crust on the top. Lightly press the edges to seal. Using a knife, trim off the extra crust (you can use this to make a tiny personal pie crust). Crimp the edges.
  • Cut a few slits into the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  • Brush cream or egg yolk on the top crust and sprinkle it with sugar for an extra shine and beautiful browning.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes at 400°. reduce the temperature to 350°, and continue baking for another 50 minutes.

Notes

If you want an extra flavor you can add a pinch of nutmeg and cloves, but be careful, they can quickly overpower your flavor.
 Apple pie is great served warm with ice cream, or cold.
Keyword Amish Apple Pie, Amish Apple Pie Recipe, Double-crust apple pie, Traditional Apple Pie

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4 thoughts on “Traditional Amish Apple Pie Recipe

  1. What is the thickener used when canning pie filling?

    Also-, my mother always liked French Apple Pie. It had raisins and after it was cooked you iced the top with buttercream icing.

    1. My mom always used clear jel. It looks nicer than cornstarch. There are so many different kinds of apple pie?.

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