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Deep Dish Apple Pie

This Deep Dish Apple Pie is the ideal fall dessert! It's a buttery, flaky homemade pie crust piled high with tender, cinnamon-spiced apples, then baked to golden brown perfection.
*Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 648kcal


  • 1 recipe for double-crust pie dough
  • pounds Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • pounds honeycrisp apples peeled, cored, and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • ½ cup (3½ oz) granulated sugar plus more for sprinkling on top
  • ¼ cup (1¾ oz) packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp grated lemon zest, plus 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • tsp ground all-spice


  • Roll out 1 disk of dough into a 12-inch circle on floured counter. Loosely roll the dough around a rolling pin and gently unroll it onto a 9-inch pie plate, letting excess dough hang over edge.  Ease dough onto plate by gently lifting edge of dough with your hand while pressing into plate bottom with your other hand. Wrap dough-lined plate loosely in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Roll other disc of dough into 12-inch circle on floured counter, then transfer to parchment paper lined baking sheet; cover with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Toss apples, sugar, brown sugar, lemon zest, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice together in dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until apples are tender when poked with a fork but still hold their shape, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Spread apples and juices on a rimmed baking sheet and let cool completely about 30 minutes.
  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Drain cooled apples thoroughly in colander set over bowl, reserving ¼ cup juice. Stir lemon juice into reserved juice.
  • Spread apples into dough-lined plate mounding them slightly in the middle, and drizzle with lemon juice mixture.  Loosely roll remaining dough around rolling pin and gently roll onto filing.
  • Trim overhang to ½-inch beyond lip of plate. Pinch edges of top and bottom dough firmly together. Tuck overhang under itself; folded edge should be flush with edge of plate.
  • Crimp dough evenly around edge of plate.  Cut four 2-inch slits in top of dough.  Brush surface with egg wash and sprinkle with additional sugar (up to 1 tablespoon).  
  • Place pie on aluminum-foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake until crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees, rotate sheet, and continue to bake until juices are bubbling, and crust is deep golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes longer.  Let pie cool on wire rack until filling has set, about 4 hours. Serve.


  • Do Not Overwork Your Dough. You can make your dough by hand (in fact, you’re less likely to overwork it if you do). You can also use a food processor.  Just be sure when using the food processor to pulse the dough together. If you just let it run for too long it can result in overworking the dough, which gives you a tough crust. 
  • Use shortening and butter. This pie uses my double pie crust recipe. By using a mixture of shortening and butter, it makes the crust both tender and flaky, yet also sturdy enough to hold lots of apple filling. A just butter crust will not be sturdy enough to hold its shape in such a deep pie. 
  • Use very, very cold shortening and butter. When butter and shortening melt, they interact with the flour in a particular way that results in a more bread-like dough. To prevent that, keep these ingredients as cold as possible.
  • Use ICE cold water. Sensing a theme here? Pie crust is all about the COLD. If the water is too warm it will melt the butter and shortening. So ice cold water! I like to put a few ice cubes in my water and chill it down. Just don’t add the ice 😉
  • Cut the apples into uniform size pieces. Too thin and they will turn to mush, too thick and they won’t get tender. I cut my apples into ¼ inch thick pieces to get the perfect tender-crisp texture. 
  • Layer the apples in tightly. Sometimes it's best to dump a little filling at a time, then use a spatula to arrange it so that there are as few air pockets as possible. Then repeat with the rest of the filling. 
  • Pile the apples high! If you’ve never made a deep dish pie, you may think this is too much filling. I promise it isn’t! Pile it all in there and be amazed at the final result. 
  • Use a pie plate that is at least 2 inches deep. If it is a very shallow plate, it will not hold all of the filling.


Calories: 648kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 668mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg