Homestyle Apple Pie

How to Make Perfect Pies Every Time [Video]

Apple pie is classic, iconic, and full of challenges. Soggy crusts, runny pie filling, and overbaking are just a few of the problems that keep people from even attempting to bake their own apple pies. With a little prep and attention to the details, a perfect homemade apple pie (or mini pies) is possible. These two quick how-to videos will help you serve up just the right amount of pie filling in flaky golden crusts.

How to Make Perfect Pie Crusts

Homemade crusts will set your pies light years ahead of pies with store-bought crusts in terms of flavor and texture. Plus, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. A pastry blender is essential to integrate shortening into the dough for the right texture. Then once the dough is chilled, a weighted rolling pin makes rolling out the dough easier and faster, so the dough stays cool and less sticky. See how it all comes together:

Try Mini Apple Pie

Does the thought of making a large pie make you start sweating without evening turning on the oven? It’s OK; start small with mini pies. The Mini Pie Pan Set makes it easy. The pie pan’s interior nonstick coating helps evenly bake crusts so they come out of the pan easily. Prepping apples for your filling is fun and fast when you use this apple peeler that makes uniform apples slices. See it in action in the video:

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14 Responses to How to Make Perfect Pies Every Time [Video]

  1. Apple corer/peeler November 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    Haven’t used my Apple peeler / corer in awhile.. can’t figure out how to adjust peeler to not cut so deep. Can you help me?

    • Julie McDonough November 30, 2017 at 10:44 am #

      If you loosen the wing nut on the peeling blade you will be able to move it out a bit to peel less of the apple.
      Hope that helps!

  2. Denise Tummillo November 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    I am looking for an Iced Tea pitcher,
    that I purchased from you many years
    ago. It is made of Plastic approx. 2 qts.
    The lid had Plunger affixed to it to
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  3. Vicki J November 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    Love the recipes…even though I use gluten free…I just make the changes and go for it.

    • Valerie Mina November 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      What kind of flour do you use to make gluten free apple pies or any of the recipes?
      I would like some gluten free recipes.
      Thank you,

      • Sandy Wright November 7, 2017 at 9:18 am #

        I use Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend to substitute for regular flour for everything except bread baking. Recently I had 8 pies made for my son’s wedding rehearsal dinner and gave my baker the Namaste flour to use. The crusts were wonderful–no one had a clue that they were gluten free. If you are a Costco member, you can purchase a 5 pound bag there for around $8.

  4. Ruby Palmer November 3, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    I make a perfect pie already !!

  5. Carolyn Barboza November 6, 2017 at 1:29 am #

    THANK you for the recipes!!

    • Dina Atnip November 8, 2017 at 8:44 am #

      Ruby would love to have your perfect pie recipes

  6. Deborah S Spencer November 15, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    What is the tool he used to remove the mini apple pies from the tray? It looked like some kind of a blade but the video zips by that part too quickly.

    • Patricia J Weekley November 23, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      I believe he is using the cake tester & releaser – item # 1794 $5.25

  7. Bec L December 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    If using a regular pie size recipe for making mini pies, how much do I adjust the cooking time and temperature?

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