Today, I will show you how to make the perfect Snow White apple pie! My tutorial is in-depth and has expert techniques that create the best pie texture and flavor.
This sweet apple pie is filled with delicious wintery spiced flavors and an uber buttery flaky crust. It is a fantastic dessert that you can serve with a scoop of vanilla Ice Cream or a refreshing drink of Ice Cream Coffee.
What Pie Was Snow White Making?
Snow White is one of the all-time best animated Disney films. The first version of this story was released all the way back in 1937! And somehow, it’s a story we still all love and know by heart.
This movie produced two very important and delicious pies. The first is a gooseberry pie that Snow White promised to make Grumpy to let her stay with them.
The second, and the one we will be making from scratch today, is an apple pie. The Evil Witch tries to convince Snow White to bake an apple pie instead and hands her a basket full of poisonous apples.
Today, I will show you the expert way to bake a double-crusted Snow White apple pie. The process is a long one because pie dough needs to rest frequently. However, my technique will help you get the ultimate pie texture and flavor. So, don’t skip any of the steps!
Let’s take a look at how to make a homemade Snow White apple pie.
Tips For Making The Best Snow White Apple Pie Recipe
- You can buy premade pie pastry if you want to save some time. However, it is rarely as good as a homemade crust.
- For a visual tutorial on shaping a double-crusted apple pie, you can check out this one. It shows you exactly how to make this tricky pie.
- If you’d like, you can sprinkle some extra granulated sugar over the top of the pie crust before baking it. It will help add more color to the crust and add texture.
- If you see the pie crust brown too quickly, add a sheet of foil over it for a while. The foil will help prevent the browning of the crust while still allowing the apple pilling and dough to cook. Once your pie is cooked, remove the foil and leave the pie to brown some more if needed.
What apples are the best for an apple pie?
For apple pie and most other baked apple desserts, any firm type of apple works best. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are arguably the most popular examples of these apples. You can also look at Braeburn, Crispin, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady.
Do you need to cook the apples before baking an apple pie?
It isn’t necessary to cook your apples before adding them to your pie crust. Some people like to do this to create a denser pie, but it just takes up more time in an already lengthy process. Because we use sliced apples, they will cook much quicker than large blocks.
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Buttery Spiced Snow White Apple Pie From Scratch
For the pie crust
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp fine salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed into 1/2 inch blocks
- 5-8 tbsp water, icy cold
For the apple pie filling
- 9 tbsp salted butter
- 4 tbsp cake flour
- 5 tbsp water
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp milk
Make the pie dough
- Place half of the flour into the food processor or a bowl. Then, add all of the caster sugar and salt. Give the dry ingredients a quick pulse or stir so that they are uniformly mixed.
- Then, add the cubed cold blocks of butter. Work the ingredients together for 15-20 seconds. The mixture should form a paste or dough. You shouldn't have any uncoated flour pieces.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl so that the butter-flour mixture is together.
- Next, add the remaining half of the flour. Give the ingredients a couple of pulses. A coarse crumbly mixture will form.
- Transfer the crumbs to a large mixing bowl.
- Using a rubber or silicone spatula, drizzle five tablespoons of icy water over the crumbs. Work the water into the crumbs by folding the crumbs over themselves.
- If your dough is still very crumbly and doesn't come together, add another tablespoon of icy water at a time. Continue pressing the dough until it is combined and smooth.
- Shape the dough into two evenly-sized flat discs and wrap each with plastic wrap. Then, rest them inside the fridge for 1 hour.
Make the apple pie filling
- Melt the butter in a saucepan. Once melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the flour.
- Next, slowly add the water in a thin stream while whisking constantly. The thick flour paste will become runnier. Don't add more water until the current flour mixture is completely smooth.
- Once all of the water is in, whisk in the sugar.
- Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat slightly and allow the mixture to simmer for about 3 minutes. Whisk frequently.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside.
- Next, add your sliced apples to a large bowl. Drizzle the spices over the apples and give them a toss. Make sure the apples are well coated.
- Pour the butter-sugar sauce over the seasoned apples. Stir the mixture well so that everything is well combined.
- Set the apple filling aside to cool completely.
Shape the pie crust
- Preheat your oven to 360ºF (180ºC). After 1 hour of resting time, remove the dough from the fridge.
- Sprinkle some flour over a flat work surface. Roll out one disc into a 12-inch disc. The other can be 1-inch bigger than the diameter of your pie dish. Make sure it's even in thickness.
- Take one sheet of rolled-out pastry and carefully put it inside your pie dish.
- Press the dough (gently) into the corners and fluted edges. There shouldn't be any gaps or air pockets.
- Dock the bottom of the pie crust very well with a fork.
Assemble your Disney apple pie
- Add your cooled apple filling to the pie dish. You can roughly add it in or beautifully layered the apples.
- Then, add the second sheet of dough over the filled pie dish.
- Fold the edge of the top dough sheet underneath the edges of the bottom sheet of dough. Press them together to form a seal.
- Crimp the edges of the dough to create a beautiful rim. Then, cut out a tiny circle on the top. It will be the steam hole.
- Rest the pie in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Bake the Snow White apple pie
- Whisk together the large egg and milk in a small bowl.
- Brush the entire pie dough (that's visible) with egg wash.
- Bake your pie for roughly 35-45 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the dough is completely cooked through.
- Remove your Snow White pie from the oven and allow it to cool for 1 hour at room temperature.