Our delightful homemade apple pie promises to be an unparalleled treat, boasting a blend of flavors that set it apart. This warm and inviting classic is a breeze to prepare in three straightforward steps, leveraging the ultimate baking shortcut: Pillsbury™ Pie Crusts. Serve up this effortless apple pie and relish in the nostalgic delight with your loved ones. Be it for a holiday, a gathering, or a special weekend indulgence, this timeless recipe is certain to bring unbridled joy.
Best Apples for the Perfect Pie
Selecting the right apples is crucial for a homemade apple pie that tantalizes the taste buds. Opt for apples with a crisp and firm texture, offering a harmonious blend of sweetness and tartness. Embrace the tangy allure and firm flesh of Granny Smith apples for a balanced flavor profile that endures the oven’s heat.
Honeycrisp apples, juicy, sweet, and firm, stand as an excellent choice for your homemade pie, especially during their fall peak. Equally enticing year-round, Gala apples bring a mildly sweet taste and a crisp texture that retains its integrity during baking. For those who prefer a softer, naturally sweet apple pie, Golden Delicious apples are an ideal pick.
However, one apple variety that doesn’t quite fit the bill for the perfect pie is the Red Delicious. Despite their individual appeal, these apples lack the tartness that enriches the robust apple essence in a pie and tend to disintegrate into mushiness when baked.
Storing Your Apple Pie
Although it’s doubtful you’ll have leftovers, fear not—your surplus homemade apple pie need not go to waste! To maintain its freshness, allow the pie to cool for a minimum of 2 hours post-baking. Cover the entire pie with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it at room temperature for up to 2 days. If you find yourself with a bit more, refrigeration extends its shelf life for an additional 2 days. When a slice beckons, a few seconds in the microwave will revive its warmth.
Keen on keeping your baked apple pie for an extended period? Freeze this delightful creation for up to 4 months! Follow the recipe instructions, allowing the pie to cool entirely before tightly wrapping it in plastic wrap, sealing it in a 2-gallon freezer storage bag, and freezing it. When the time comes to savor it, allow it to thaw at room temperature for an hour and then reheat it in a 375°F oven.