The “I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Store-Bought” Apple Pie

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Have you ever bitten into a piece of apple pie and thought, “I wish I could make this at home!”? Today, we’re going to make that wish come true with our “I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Store-Bought” Apple Pie.

We all know the comforting, nostalgic joy of a well-baked apple pie – the kind that comes with a buttery, flaky crust and a heartwarming, cinnamon-kissed apple filling. The kind that tastes just like grandma’s recipe, or that perfect slice you once had at a little bakery shop.

Good news! You can recreate that magic in your own kitchen. And it’s easier than you might think!

We’re all about homemade here, and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as pulling a golden, bubbly pie out of your own oven. But how do we make sure it tastes just like the store-bought version (or dare we say, even better)?

It’s all about the details.

For instance, we’ve discovered that a mix of apple varieties gives the pie a more complex, robust flavor. We recommend a blend of tart Granny Smiths and sweet Honeycrisps.

Then there’s the crust. Our secret is to use cold butter and shortening for the flakiest, most melt-in-your-mouth crust. Trust us on this one – the texture is incredible.

And don’t forget the cinnamon-sugar sprinkle on top. It creates a delightful crunch that will have you swooning at the first bite.

Yes, friends, this is the apple pie of your dreams. It’s the one that’ll have your friends asking, “Did you really make this?” and your family begging for the recipe.

So why not bring some comfort and nostalgia into your kitchen today? Bake this apple pie, and let its aroma fill your home. The taste? We guarantee it’s just like the one you remember. And the best part? You made it yourself. That’s a feeling no store-bought pie can give you.

Ready to wow everyone with your baking skills? Go on, tie on that apron, and let’s get baking!

The “I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Store-Bought” Apple Pie

Course: DessertCuisine: American


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A mouthwatering apple pie that’s so good, you won’t believe it’s homemade!


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced

  • 1/2 cup ice water

  • 6 cups apples, peeled and sliced (a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 egg (for egg wash)


  • Prepare the pie dough: Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the cold, diced butter and use your fingers to rub it into the flour until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Gradually add the ice water, stirring until the dough just comes together.
  • Divide the dough in half, shape into discs, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Prepare the apple filling: In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Roll out one of the dough discs to fit your pie dish. Transfer the dough to the dish and trim any excess.
  • Pour the apple filling into the pie dish. Roll out the second dough disc and place it over the filling. Trim, fold, and crimp the edges. Cut a few slits in the top crust for ventilation.
  • Beat the egg and brush it over the top crust. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.
  • Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. If the edges of the pie are browning too quickly, cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing and serving. Enjoy your homemade apple pie that tastes just like store-bought!


  • For a glossy crust, brush the top with a beaten egg before baking.
  • Let the pie cool completely before slicing to allow the filling to set.
  • Store leftover pie covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

The “I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Store-Bought” Apple Pie pairs well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a classic dessert. If you’re serving it as part of a larger meal, it complements savory dishes like roast chicken or pork chops. For a holiday meal, consider pairing it with a glass of spiced cider or a hot cup of coffee.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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