Easy Apple Pie Recipe

Apple pie recipe image
Apple pie recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

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At this point I would like to introduce you to my simple apple pie recipe.

My apple pie comes in a classic version and is incredibly popular.

As soon as summer is over, harvest time follows.

Our local apple is now available to us fresh from the end of August to the end of October, depending on the apple variety.

Luckily, the apple can be stored well and we can enjoy it for much longer.

I love the local apples and would like to recommend them to you for the cake.

Flying apples should remain the exception, since from an ecological point of view this is regrettable.

Now to my recipe: I’d be happy to let you look over my shoulder. Follow me as presented and have fun!

1. Recipe Apple Pie

Simple Apple Pie

Baked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 6
Calories 406
Total Time 0 Min.

Simple instructions for fine, quick apple pie. A detailed photo series accompanies you to the best baking result.

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Apple pie recipe image
Apple pie recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Preparation Time

35 Min.


apple topping

1 pc Lemon (abrasion + juice)
6 pc Apple (I used Elstar)
0,2 l cold water

apple marinade

2 tbsp brown can sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp Calvados


60 g butter (For baking tin)
100 g butter
100 g brown can sugar
1 paket vanilla sugar
2 pc eggs
100 g flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp milk (optional)


2 tbsp apricot marmelade (Optional is also apricot jelly)


Ingredients for apple pie
Ingredients for apple pie

Provide ingredients

Prepare the ingredients for the apple slices:

–> Apples, lemon, calvados, quince jelly.

For the dough:

–> Sugar, eggs, soft butter at room temperature, vanilla sugar, lemon zest, flour and baking powder.

Apple pie baking tools
Apple pie baking tools

Provide tools

Kupferpfanne mit 2 Griffen).

Den Backofen bei 190 Grad Umluft einheizen!


All equipment for the preparation at a glance:

-> Kitchen scales, mixing bowl, blender, juicer, grater, spatula and

–> Baking pan with a diameter of 28 cm (here a copper pan with 2 handles ).

Heat up the oven at 190 degrees circulating air!

Grate lemon zest
Grate lemon zest

Grate lemon zest

Grate lemon zest from an organic lemon.

The grater I showed tends to rip zest, hence the next step (otherwise skip the next step with a fine grater).

Finely chop the lemon zest
Finely chop the lemon zest

Chop the lemon zest

If necessary, finely chop the abrasion with a sharp knife.

Squeeze lemon juice from the used lemon.

Set aside for the apples as an antioxidant.

Prepare apples
Prepare apples

Prepare apples

Quarter, core and peel the apples and cut the quarters into 2-3 mm thick wedges.

Add lemon juice to the apple slices with a cup of cold water.

Season apple pieces
Season apple pieces

Season apples

When all the apples are peeled and cut, remove the lemon water.

Marinate with Calvados, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Marinate apple pieces
Marinate apple pieces

Marinate apples

If the wedges of apples are covered with marinade, they are briefly placed in the refrigerator.

Butter the universal pan
Butter the universal pan

Butter the cake pan

Universalpfanne mit zwei Griffen von Jan verwendet.


Grease the baking pan well with butter.

This can be done with a pastry brush, kitchen towel or a clean hand.

I used the universal pan with two handles from Jan.

flour with sieve
Flour with flour sifter

Prepare flour

Sift the flour and set aside.

Sugar and butter in bowl
Sugar and butter in bowl

To make dough

Put the sugar and butter in the baking pan.

Mix together the sugar and butter
Mix together the sugar and butter

Stir dough

Add vanilla sugar and lemon zest.

Add eggs to sugar and butter
Add eggs to sugar and butter

Add eggs

Beat in the eggs one at a time with the mixer.

Beat eggs with sugar and butter.
Beat eggs with sugar and butter.

Control dough

Stir for a good 2 minutes until the ingredients are combined.

flour with baking powder
Prepare and weigh the flour with baking powder in the bowl for preparing the dough.

Prepare flour

Add flour with a level teaspoon of baking powder.

Mix cake batter with flour
Mix the cake batter with the sifted flour.

Stir in flour

Gradually add flour and baking powder to the mixture and mix to form a smooth dough.

Pour in the apple pie batter
Pour the apple pie batter into the buttered mold.

Fill in the dough

Pour the batter into the greased baking pan.

Filled with cake batter
Pour in the batter and smooth out.

Smooth out the dough

Spread the batter evenly in the mold with the spatula.

Cake dough topped with apple pieces
Cake dough topped with pieces of apple, just before baking.

Put apple pieces on

Spread the marinated apple slices in a circle on the dough like bricks.

Leave about 1 cm around the edge.

The cake goes into the oven for a good 30 minutes and bakes at 180-190 degrees circulating air (with top/bottom heat a good 200 degrees).

Glaze quince jam and calvados
Blended icing of quince jam and calvados.

Prepare glaze

Slightly dilute the quince jelly with a spoonful of Calvados.

Freshly baked apple pie
Freshly baked apple pie

Icing cake

Glaze the baked cake thinly with the jelly/calvados mixture.

Please use a pastry brush for this.

Apple pie recipe image
Apple pie recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Serve the apple pie with a little vanilla sauce.



2. Nutritional Values

3. Apple Pie Baking Tips

For a quick peeling of the apples, I first quarter them, then cut out the core and quickly peel the quarters with a simple fruit knife.

Apples are peeled and sliced and quickly brown when exposed to air. Lemon juice mixed with 3 times as much water is therefore essential. If the apple slices are turned in it, they remain light.

I really like marinating, here with Calvados, sugar and cinnamon. For this I remove almost all the lemon water in advance. Then I add my marinade to the apple slices and let them soak in it.

Whether you prepare the dough first or the apples first is a matter of philosophy. Both have advantages. If the apples go first, they can marinate longer. If the dough is on first, I can put it in the fridge for a short time after preparation so that it regains its strength and my apples don’t sink into it. Keep in mind: Dough with baking powder should be baked relatively quickly. – Well, one death must be died. The effects on the result are probably marginal anyway 😉

For the dough it is important to stir at least two or three times: 1. The softened butter-sugar-egg mixture (plus additions such as vanilla sugar), 2. Add the first part with sifted flour and baking powder (first part flour, then stir, then add the remaining flour and stir again).

Preheat the oven long enough. Switching on late distorts the baking time. Never rely on the times given for baking recipes, instead set your timer 5-10 minutes shorter and check your baking results in the oven. Remember: every oven heats up differently!

If you like, you can also add roughly chopped walnuts, caramelized with sugar, over the almost finished apple pie in the oven 10 minutes before the end of the baking time and bake to the end.

Here I mixed the finished cake with homemade quince jelly plus a spoonful of Calvados, glazed. Instead of quince jelly, apricot jelly or, if necessary, orange jelly is also suitable. Quince fits a bit better – I think.

Like me, you can serve vanilla sauce to serve the apple pie. Classically, the cake also tastes very fine with whipped cream. Vanilla ice cream is also popular as an accompaniment to apple pie.

I’m lucky, Ms. Sixt is also satisfied with the cake. We had a lengthy discussion about the amount of apples. Ms. Sixt likes more and more apples, I tend to have less.

4. More Baking Ideas

Comments, Cooking Questions and Answers

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  • Hello Thomas,

    this cake is now my favorite.

    The dough is easy to prepare and the fruits put on quickly.

    This makes baking even more fun for me!

    Thank you 🙂


    • Hello Elisabeth,

      honestly I also like the cake very much because of the ease of preparation.

      The simple dough always goes quite easily from the hand.
      Besides, it tastes delicious 🙂

      thank you for your warm feedback.

      Wish you continue to have fun baking and good luck!

      Love greetings Thomas


  • Great tutorial. Thanks!


    • THX Jeff!


  • Georgeous applepie – I’ve tried the recipe and the result was perfect. Thank you!


    • Thank you, enjoy the cake!


  • Dear Mr. Sixt,

    Thank you for the beautiful recipe. I had never dared to make an apple pie before:

    Pie baking is not my thing. Then it was different.

    Has worked excellently and the cake has become really fine.

    Thank you for the extensive instructions.

    Greeting Linus


    • Hello Linus,

      I am very pleased that my instructions have seduced you to bake.

      Wish you continued success and a great time.

      Look gladly again by and send cooking questions.

      These I answer here directly or develop instructions further.

      Best regards Thomas


  • Hi Thomas, I have baked your cake twice now, because it tastes soo good to us.

    Your pictures are a great pleasure and the implementation works easily.

    Thank you for the great implementation, the ideas and tips. 5 stars!

    THX Tron


    • THX Tron, WE are Always for the USERS 🙂

      Best Regards Thomas