Easy Apple Pie

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Lately I receive quite a bit of emails from readers who are new to cooking in general.  I’m really happy to hear that my recipes are easy enough for them to give it a try and that they are enjoying cooking Japanese food.  Some asked me if I have very easy dessert recipes and this Easy Apple Pie recipe came to my mind.

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There are SO MANY cooking websites and food blogs out there where they specialize in baking.  This is too easy to be called a “recipe” but I remembered I was very happy to learn how to make this very quick apple pie from a friend.  This pie is not like an apple pie from a famous bakery, yet considering how quick and easy to make this, it’s such a rewarding dessert when the fresh baked apple pie comes out of the oven.

Enjoy this pie with vanilla ice cream to make your own Apple Pie à la Mode.  I think this was the very first baked goods that I learned how to make.  If you haven’t tried baking easy pastries before, I hope you give this recipe a try.  I also included even easier version at the end.  Have a wonderful week everyone!

 

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Easy Apple Pie
 
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Serves: 2 small pies
Ingredients
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • 1 Tbps. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet (Each box comes with 2 sheets)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh Rosemary (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the apple into ¼ inch pieces.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter and add apples and sugar.
  3. Stir occasionally and cook on medium low heat for 10-15 minutes. When the apple is more translucent and most of liquid is evaporated, remove from heat and set aside to cool down.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F. Defrost the puff pastry sheet for 10 minutes at room temperature. Dust flour on working counter and cut the pastry sheet into 4 squares.
  5. Prick the pastry sheets with fork on two of squares (bottom of pies) and makes 5 slits on each of the other two squares (top of pies).
  6. Transfer the bottom pastry sheets onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the apple fillings on top, keeping about half inch space around the rim. Cover the pies with the top pastry sheet with 5 slits.
  7. Use a fork to press the edges. Beat the egg yolk in a small bowl and brush top of the pastry so it will turn nice golden brown when baked.
  8. Place a sprig of rosemary on the side of the pies. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Notes
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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Simple Apple Pie
 
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Serves: 2 small pies
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet (Each box comes with 2 sheets)
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • 2 Tbps. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar/honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • a few small cubes of butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Defrost the puff pastry sheet for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Peel and cut the apple into thinly sliced wedges.
    Simple Apple Pie 1
  3. Cut the pastry sheet in half. Prick both pastry sheets with fork and apply melted butter. Transfer the pastry sheet onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (which I forgot here).
    Simple Apple Pie 2
  4. Place sliced apple slices in the center area leaving ½ inch around the rim (so this area will puff up). Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. sugar.
    Simple Apple Pie 3
  5. Beat the egg yolk in a small bowl and brush the rim. Place small cubes of butter and a rosemary sprig on top. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
    Simple Apple Pie 4
Notes
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

 

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  1. I love both versions of your puff pastry crust apple pie though I think I’d leave out the rosemary. Sweet and savoury together don’t really appeal to me but otherwise, the technique seems to be a winner. I haven’t done anything with puff pastry in ages.

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  2. Nami, apple pie is wonderful at this time of year and both your pretty versions with the puff pastry are certainly delicious looking! I love apples and pies and puff pastry! Wonderful desserta and terrific pictures!

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  3. I love Fuji apples, they’re my favorite kind and I have some in my ref right now. I must go get some puff pastry because you just inspired me to make some apple pie early this morning. Thanks for the recipe idea, Nami! Glad you had a great trip to the woods!

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  4. What a great idea Nami! I love apple pie, but only make it every now and then because it’s so time consuming. This is genius. They look so pretty too. It sounds like you guys had a great weekend! Here’s to a good week too. :)

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  5. These are beautiful apple pies, Nami or rather I would call the second one a tart. This is a bit similar to the apple tart I prepare. I love the addition of rosemary! It must leave wonderful aroma on the apples. Puff pastry is such a magical ingredient, isn’t it? I always make sure I have at least one puff pastry package in the fridge just in case…

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  6. Alfredo di Stefano

    I am not a fan of pastry cooking but I tried this one. In fact I made the two sets described here. I used 1 Fuji apple and 1 Granny Smith apple. I divided them between the two. I also used more sugar than this recipe called for. All in all I was extremely pleased and delighted.

    Thank you for the two recipes and hooking me on pastries.

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  7. donna mikasa

    Ooh, I love both versions! And puff pastry? What a great idea! I’d have to make this ala mode for my hubby. Thank you for sharing a great recipe!

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  8. Easy is right and delicious! Did you read my mind or something because I was just thinking about how I could make an inside out apple pie dessert. This isn’t quite inside out but it is pretty darn close and it looks beautiful and amazing! thanks for your comment on the blue background on my post today. I have had a few minutes to spare lately to try and work on making different backdrops for my pictures! Your words made me smile:)

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  9. Omg, both of these versions of apple pie look so delicious and beautiful. What I love even more is how darn easy they are to make with your recipes!! (Especially for a non-baker like myself!) I’m definitely going to bookmark these – they’re perfect for holiday entertaining ;).

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  10. I love playing with puff pastry! It’s flavor is great, and it’s so easy to use. This looks terrific. And I happen to have quite a bit of fresh rosemary at the moment, so I’m really liking that flavor combo! Good stuff – thanks.

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  11. This IS the easiest apple pie! I still have never worked with puff pastry dough, thinking it quite difficult, but you do make it look easy. I have lots of apples and this looks like a perfect little dessert for B and I. I love that you can make single servings!

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  12. vivala-b.bird

    Hi Nami,

    I actually made this version for your “Mini Fruit Puff Pastry”. I debated between nutella and banana and this cooked apple filling. I used the “Joy of Cooking” apple pie filling version, which uses butter, cinnamon (omitting rosemary) and a pinch of salt. This recipe made me rejoice because 1) I have a Trader Joe’s brand box of puff pastry in my freezer and 2) I already had experience making this very recently and 3) I have rosemary in the fridge (from my neighbours garden).

    I used Gala apple previously. I am excited to try this version amd compare the different taste! :)

    have a great week!

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    • Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy this version, too. :) Trader Joe’s (3 of them) in my neighborhood stopped carrying a puff pastry that they used to enjoy. I hope they will start carrying. Thanks again!

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  13. vivala-b.bird

    oooops realized that you did have butter in the recipe. just also that in the “Joy of Cooking” asked that the butter be cooked on high heat until
    sizzling before adding the apple and sugar :)

    Thanks!

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  14. I love anything with puff pastry and everything just tastes absolutely delish in it too.. Your pie is so pretty and the apples lined perfectly ;). Loving the step by step clicks too.. Hope all is well at your side.. weather here has been crazy in Malaysia.. just keep on raining every single day. Hugs, Jo

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  15. it’s always amazing that something so iconic can be so easy to make. I love apple pie, especially with cream. Years ago, my daughter came home from an inspiring French lesson with a tarte tartin recipe, and I couldn’t believe it was so simple – almost the same, but made upside down (typical French!). It was inspiring, and became our “ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-tan” treat.

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  16. What a gorgeous apple pie recipe. And I think it’s good to have some quick and easy recipes on hand for those times when we want to eat well but don’t have a lot of time. These are a wonderful looking dessert xx

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  17. Hi Nami, isn’t puff pastry wonderful stuff? You can create such visually impressive things so simply and people see it and they’re all like “OMG”, and you can sit there all happy and think “muahaha, this was so simple to make!” I love the look of the apple pies – the top ones remind me of something I buy here from time to time (to be honest I should just make them myself). Did you try sprinkling on some turbinado sugar on top of the pastry after painting it with milk or egg? Cooks to a lovely caramel crispy coating! :)

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  18. Nami… you are full of talent and ideas and I cannot believe that this is an *easy* apple pie… it looks utterly gourmet – like something I would pick up at the nicest French bakery in town. I must try this one… Your photographs and artistic food styling are heart stopping. Truly beautiful.

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  19. Perfect way to get those who normally don’t bake right into the kitchen and doing just that. I’d give this a try too! I’m sure the puff pastry works beautifully with the apples. And it’s so seasonal and pretty too. Beautifully done and great to do with the kids too, which I love.

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  20. I love puff pastry and how easy it is to make a beautiful presentation with hardly any effort on the cooks part. I was just thinking about using some the other night for this same thing but with a few tweeks :) Nice post Nami.

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  21. Very nice way to use puff pastry! I love the step by step photos Nami. This makes it easy for the beginner cook. I like making a quick apple tart like that. My mom makes the best apple pie ever, so it is hard for me to top her. Plus she has access to apples in Michigan that you just can’t find everywhere…especially here in Florida! :}

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  22. I like to bake with rosemary but haven’t tried it in apple pie! Now I’m curious to try;-)
    Baking simple apple pies is so rewarding and it makes the kitchen smell so good!
    Your pies look beautiful Nami;-)

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  23. Beautiful! I love baking with puff pastry. I always keep a box in the freezer to pull out for a delicious dish. I use puff pastry now for my quiche crusts – quick, easy and yummy.

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  24. Hi Nami,
    I hope you are having a great weekend. Your easy apple pie looks perfect. I’ve done something similar and it’s great when you are low on time. Love both of your versions. Will try the last one soon. Thanks for sharing:)

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    • Hi Grace! Yay! I’m glad you liked the recipe. I still haven’t made “real” apple pie yet and I have been making this for years… :) Thanks for your feedback!

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