You can’t have an Apple Unit Study without making some apple pie.
This is my super easy apple pie recipe – perfect for kids to make, but delicious enough that you could serve it for Thanksgiving supper!
Best Apple Pie Recipe
We’ve actually made no less than five apple pies from this recipe in the past couple of weeks – this easy apple pie recipe is that good.
This delicious apple pie is super easy for the kids to make as there are less steps than in a traditional pie recipe, and there are no tricky baking techniques. Normally, you would want to be careful to not overwork a dough, but this easy pie dough can even be played with by children without effecting the final product.
While this recipe works great for full-sized pies, I tend to make mini apple pies with my daycare kids so that they can each take a pie home with them to share with their families. (You can also double the recipe so that you get one full-size apple pie and a couple individual pies that the kids can customize.)
I taught Ella to weave her lattice topping off of the pie, “pick it up” with a rolling pin, and then roll it overtop of the pie, before sealing the ends with a fork – but you could alternatively cover the pie with cookie cutter pie dough shapes. (One of my daycare kids make this super cute Butterfly Mini Apple Pie:)
I perfected this recipe several years ago, well before Ella or any notion for clean eating so there is quite a bit of sugar in the filling. This could easily be substituted by honey or a raw sugar, but we haven’t tried that yet so I cannot vouch for the results.
There are a couple of ingredients that may seem a bit odd in a dessert (like apple cider vinegar) but trust me, it will turn out delicious. (Just make sure to use a good quality apple cider vinegar, if possible.)
Ingredients for the Best Apple Pie Recipe:
How to Make Apple Pie Filling:
- 5 apples (a mix of types – like granny smith and honeycrisp)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (we use a raw/organic brand)
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Apple Pie Crust Recipe:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 6 Tablespoon butter
- 6 Tablespoon lard or shortening
- 6-8 Tablespoon ice water
Tip: you can prep the pie crust or even just the dough in advance and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Pie plates
- Rolling pin
- Mixing bowls
- Sharp knife (For kids use apple crinkle cutters)
- Wooden spoons
- Pastry cutter, if available
How to Make the Best Apple Pie Recipe
Prepare your filling first, simply peel and chop the apples and then mix in the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Let the filling sit as you prepare the crust to let the flavours settle.
Mix the crust ingredients together with a fork or your hands.
You still want the dough to crack easily, this will not be smooth like a play dough.
Roll the dough out, line your pie plates, and fill with apple filling before topping however you’d like.
My kids love to make customized pie crusts for the top, and it also doubles to help indicate which pie belongs to who.
Bake at 400F for 40minutes, covered with tinfoil, then remove tinfoil and cook for an additional 10-20 minutes.
What’s your favourite type of dessert to make with the kids?