On a chilly autumn day, nothing makes me happier than the smell of an apple pie baking.
It makes me want to light a fire and gather friends and family around the table.
This easy apple cider pie combines all the goodness of the season: apple cider, crisp apples and cinnamon-y apple pie spice.
Then, in another tribute to fall, it’s sweetened with maple syrup.
If pie baking isn’t something you do on a regular basis, this easy recipe results in a 5 star dessert that will make you feel like a pie master.
The key to a good pie is a good crust. My go-to crust is a homemade whole wheat pie crust. Flaky and delicious, I promise no one will suspect it is whole wheat.
Next, you want to peel your apples. I always buy granny smith apples for my pies. They stand up great to cooking and the slightly sour taste is the perfect foil to the maple syrup.
The apples cook in a mixture of apple cider and maple syrup and this is where magic happens. It’s what sets this pie apart from an ordinary apple pie.
Please read the directions carefully because you’ll need to drain the apples but save all the syrupy goodness.
After the apples have cooked down, you assemble the pie and bake.
The smells wafting from your oven will make the next 45 minutes agonizing while you wait for your pie to come out of the oven.
I’d advise you to have the vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream ready!
For years I have had requests to share this recipe, so here it finally is:
- 1 recipe homemade whole wheat pie crust
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 6 1/2 cups peeled, sliced granny smith apples
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Roll out 1/2 pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in a 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
- Combine cider and syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add apples and cook uncovered for 8 minutes.
- Drain the apples but reserve the syrup. You need 1 1/3 cups of liquid. You can add water if you don't have the complete 1 1/3 cups.
- In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Pour your reserved liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Add the apples and apple pie spice to the saucepan. Continue to cook stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
- Remove from heat and stir in butter.
- Spoon mixture into pie shell.
- Roll out remaining pie dough and transfer to top of pie. Cut slits in top of crust.
- Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes.
I hope your family enjoys this homemade easy apple cider pie as much as ours does.