Instead of the usual pie made in a pie pan, try this one — baked in a cast-iron skillet! Every bite of this delish dessert is full of cinnamon-spiced, sugar-sweet chunks of apples nestled between two perfectly-crisped crusts, all baked to hot, bubbly goodness. Once you try this pie, based on a recipe inspired by Written Reality, you’ll wonder why you haven’t baked like this before.
The bottom crust boasts an abundance of butter and brown sugar, a fitting bed for the tender apples. The lightly-sweetened top crust comes out of the oven with a golden brown hue that begs you to dig right in.
Homemade pie crusts are always an option, of course, but this easy apple pie recipe calls for refrigerated or frozen. Even if you’ve eschewed the lowly pre-made crust til now, you’ll find that baking the bottom crust with butter and brown sugar positively transforms it.
Sweet or tart? How ’bout both?
Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples are favorites for pie because they maintain their shapes through the long baking process.
You don’t have to choose just one, though. In this pie, the tartness of Granny Smith and the sweetness of the Golden Delicious together give an interesting depth of flavor. Other apples to consider include Jonagold, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady and Winesap.
Once you’ve baked the bottom pie crust, you’ll toss the apples, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon on top of it in the cast-iron skillet. Next come the top crust and an egg wash, which helps a sprinkle of sugar stick, and gives the pie a shiny, sparkly finish.
The skillet goes into the oven for an hour, while you savor the apple pie smell wafting from your kitchen. Bring it to the table while it’s still warm — along with a tub of vanilla ice cream — and get ready for a whole new kind of apple-pie deliciousness.>> Click here to jump straight to the recipe
The apple selection
Apples, peeled and chopped
Add a little cinnamon to the other ingredients
Mix the apples
Add light brown sugar to the skillet
Combine the base ingredients
Roll the pie crust into the skillet
Pinch the edges of the pie crust
After adding the top crust, pinch the crust together around the outer edge
Cut a few slits in the top so steam can escape
Sprinkle a little sugar on the top
Bake, and then your beautiful pie is ready!
Cut a nice big slice of your skillet apple pie
Add a little whipped cream if you like…
… and enjoy your delicious dessert!
Easy skillet apple pie
Serves 8 servings
- 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
- 5 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 package of refrigerated pie crusts (or 2 frozen pie crusts, defrosted), rolled into pie rounds
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Toss chopped apples in cornstarch, cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
- Melt butter in skillet.
- Add brown sugar and heat until dissolved.
- Remove skillet from heat and place one pie crust in bottom of pan.
- Bake crust for 9 minutes.
- Drain apple mixture. Add into pie.
- Top with remaining pie crust.
- Whisk egg white to foamy consistency.
- Add water and mix well.
- Brush across top of crust.
- Sprinkle remaining granulated sugar across pie.
- Cut several slits in top for steam to escape.
- Bake for 60 minutes, until crust is golden-brown.
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