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Easy Apple Pie

Easy Apple Pie | JustOneCookbook.com

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.

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, please give this recipe a try.  Have a wonderful week everyone!

Easy Apple Pie | Just One Cookbook.com

Easy Apple Pie Recipe
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Cook time
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Serves: Makes 2 small pies
  • 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)
  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.

Want an even easier apple pie recipe?  Here’s the other version that I make when I am running short of time to make dessert.

Easy Apple Pie | Just One Cookbook.comSimple Apple Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Yield: Makes 2 small pies


  • 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)


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.

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).

4. Place sliced apple slices in the center area leaving 1/2 inch around the rim (so this area will puff up). Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. sugar.

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.

Posted in: Autumn/Fall, Baking Recipes, Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts, Quick & Easy, Vegetarian & Vegan

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  • Mel November 4, 2012, 11:15 pm

    It sure is easy apple pie! I love apple pie in any ways.

  • Blackswan November 4, 2012, 11:48 pm

    It’s nice to have rosemary herbs added to the apple pie. I’m sure it tastes awesome!

  • albertocook November 4, 2012, 11:52 pm

    I love this…. delicious

  • Raymund November 4, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Another baking here! I am impressed specially with the simplicity of this recipe, I think from now on I will not use any baking pans

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book November 5, 2012, 12:35 am

    :-) Mandy

  • A_Boleyn November 5, 2012, 12:37 am

    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.

  • Choc Chip Uru November 5, 2012, 12:43 am

    No crust making needed this is perfect my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Rosa November 5, 2012, 1:00 am

    Divine! I love the fact that you’ve used rosemary to flavor your pies.



  • kat November 5, 2012, 2:02 am

    both look great. there is a huge double “<<" in the comments area, is it just my computer?!

  • Orchidea November 5, 2012, 2:16 am

    It looks really nice… and easy at usual! Nice photoes!

  • Andrea November 5, 2012, 2:34 am

    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!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen November 5, 2012, 3:52 am

    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!

  • Renata November 5, 2012, 4:07 am

    Love how simple this apple is, from the looks of the finished dessert, who could tel!! I specially loved the second version :)

  • Ashley - baker by nature November 5, 2012, 4:29 am

    Oooooh I can’t wait to try this!

  • Belinda @zomppa November 5, 2012, 4:56 am

    Puff pastry is a great way to go! This is far from looking novice!

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 5, 2012, 5:31 am

    YUM! It looks so pretty!

  • Kristy November 5, 2012, 6:16 am

    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. :)

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking November 5, 2012, 6:18 am

    All we need is your easy apple pie, and I love it! I think it cuts on time, and it is still tasty and beautiful especially if we have guests over and don’t know what to serve them!:)

  • Mijú November 5, 2012, 7:01 am

    Que bueno con el romero fresco y la manzana.
    Un saludito

  • The Café Sucré Farine November 5, 2012, 7:06 am

    Nami, this apple pie looks wonderful, I”m imagining it warm wit ha scoop of vanilla ice cream, UM!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 5, 2012, 7:07 am

    I tried this the other day and put a smear of cream cheese under the apple mixture. I also can’t help myself and put a bit of cinnamon in with the apples. Your crust looks as flaky as dry Autumn leaves.

  • Laura @ Family Spice November 5, 2012, 7:27 am

    Puff Pastry is one of those tricks to a fast and delightful dessert! I always have some hidden in my freezer – your “pie” looks delicious!

  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure November 5, 2012, 8:02 am

    This looks great, and is delicious, I like to make it too whenever I don’t want to spend too much time baking.

  • Asmita November 5, 2012, 8:14 am

    What a lovely apple tart! I like that you have used puff pastry making the whole baking process so much easier without compromising on the taste!

  • Shawn November 5, 2012, 8:16 am

    They look so delicious! I’ll have to try rosemary too :)

  • Sandra November 5, 2012, 8:22 am

    Both are great and I’m wondering why I don’t use puff pastry more often.

  • Muna Kenny November 5, 2012, 9:33 am

    Maybe the easiest apple pie ever! The crunch from the puffs and the tender filling, this must be divine :)

  • Sissi November 5, 2012, 10:11 am

    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…

  • Alfredo di Stefano November 5, 2012, 10:39 am

    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.

    • Nami November 7, 2012, 2:05 pm

      Hi Alfredo! Thank you for making this recipe so quickly! Glad you enjoyed both sets. :) Thanks for your time leaving your kind comment here. :)

      • Alfredo di Stefano November 19, 2012, 9:45 am

        Nami. I have made this simple apple pie six times so far. The last two times, I mixed apples and pineapples together. Outstanding taste! My grandchildren ate them while they were still warm. Adults had them with coffee.

        I want to point out to the readers that if the puff pastry is left to rise to room temperature, it is very difficult to handle. My advise is as soon the puff pastry thaws out slightly, cut it and process it. DO NOT let the puff pastry become very soft. I wasted one batch as it completely disintigrated in my hands.

        I have also used pre-cut puff pastry found in middle some eastern grocery markets. Again in order to handle the pastry, I did not allow it to completely thaw out.

        Nami, one last request. Can you post a few more easy puff pastry recipes. All is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs November 5, 2012, 10:43 am

    Gorgeous! I love how simple it is and of course, nothing beats vanilla ice cream with apple pie.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz November 5, 2012, 10:45 am

    These are easy and delicious. I am on a big puff pastry craze right now, it makes crust so much easier. The rosemary addition is perfect in my opinion.

  • Carolyn Jung November 5, 2012, 11:30 am

    Beautiful looking apple tarts. And see — you say you don’t bake. But you do so in grand fashion. ;)

  • donna mikasa November 5, 2012, 11:38 am

    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!

  • Kitchen Belleicious November 5, 2012, 12:57 pm

    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:)

  • yummychunklet November 5, 2012, 1:03 pm

    How easy! And, I love the bit of rosemary for the savory twist.

  • Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit November 5, 2012, 1:35 pm

    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 ;).

  • Ramona November 5, 2012, 2:13 pm

    If the word easy is in a recipe… I’m always interested! I love these apple pies… the crust would be just as good as the filling. Great idea. :)

  • kitchenriffs November 5, 2012, 3:03 pm

    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.

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce November 5, 2012, 4:02 pm

    This is a great recipe and yes, so easy to bake. I like you added fresh rosemery, it should give a great taste…!!

  • mjskit November 5, 2012, 4:27 pm

    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!

  • Jeannie November 5, 2012, 5:11 pm

    I prefer the single pie version…much easier:D and less pastry in between apple slices and don’t need to cook the apples:D Sounds good and looks good!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover November 5, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Love your simple and easy pie recipes.

  • Balvinder November 5, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Your finished pie looks pretty with rosemary.

  • The Squishy Monster November 5, 2012, 7:22 pm

    I love your presentation, Nami! and I LOVE that you feature fuji’s in this!!!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 5, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Wow, this really is easy to make! And you know I’m going to top this off with vanilla ice cream and have like 4 of these, right? :)

  • vivala-b.bird November 5, 2012, 9:40 pm

    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!

    • Nami November 7, 2012, 11:18 pm

      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!

  • vivala-b.bird November 5, 2012, 9:45 pm

    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 :)


    • Nami November 7, 2012, 11:19 pm

      Thank you for the great tip! :)

  • Lynna November 5, 2012, 9:50 pm

    This is brilliant! I have tried your last method before and I totally loved it. :) Simple baked good are always awesome. ♥

  • Lisa H. November 5, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Apple Pie ~its my all time favourite dessert :D

  • Baby Sumo November 5, 2012, 10:26 pm

    I bought some frozen puff pastry the other day, still have some leftover, I think I’ll try making your apple pies too ;)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 5, 2012, 10:32 pm

    What a great idea to use pastry sheets! There is nothing better than apple pie right out of the oven!

  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats November 5, 2012, 10:50 pm

    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

  • Jenny November 6, 2012, 1:03 am

    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.

  • Katerina November 6, 2012, 2:00 am

    I remember when I was studying in the States, I loved the apple pies! This one reminds me of them. It looks absolutely irresistible!

  • Hotly Spiced November 6, 2012, 2:54 am

    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

  • Jill @ MadAboutMacarons November 6, 2012, 4:45 am

    What a lovely touch with the rosemary, Nami. I use this for pork dishes but never thought of adding it to a dessert! Great looking pie here. No stopping on the baking front now, eh? Fabulous!

  • Charles November 6, 2012, 5:53 am

    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! :)

  • Jen @ Savory Simple November 6, 2012, 6:29 am

    Puff pastry always makes such a beautiful dessert! I love these.

  • Kate@Diethood November 6, 2012, 6:34 am

    Nami, I love the simplicity of this apple pie!! And it looks faaaabulous!

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles November 6, 2012, 7:01 am

    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.

  • Jenn and Seth November 6, 2012, 7:12 am

    i love the rosemary in this, such a wonderful touch to the apple pie!

  • Kate November 6, 2012, 7:42 am

    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.

  • Suzanne November 6, 2012, 9:38 am

    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.

  • MARTA November 6, 2012, 9:52 am

    Wonderful and very easy desserts, ciao ^__^

  • hui November 6, 2012, 10:03 am

    this.. IS really easy ^^ i like ^^

  • Eri November 6, 2012, 11:02 am

    So simple and delicious Nami, who can say no to puff pastry and sweet apples?
    Hugs and Kisses my friend!

  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers November 6, 2012, 3:07 pm

    It’s so beautiful that you wouldn’t even think it’s that easy to make. I love it!

  • Juliana November 6, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Nice Nami…easy and so tasty. Perfect to serve at anytime of the day.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week :)

  • Lyndsey @TheTinySkillet November 6, 2012, 3:51 pm

    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! :}

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 6, 2012, 3:55 pm

    What a beautiful, simple apple pie Nami! I’m sure you help so many readers get to love and know cooking and that’s wonderful! :D

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 6, 2012, 5:11 pm

    Love this quick and delicious apple pie! So rustic :)

  • Yelena November 6, 2012, 6:00 pm

    Frozen puff pastry sheet – “must have thing” in fridge. Wonderful and simple idea. Rosemary on apples looks just perfect!

  • Liz November 6, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Here you go baking again :) And both pies look fantastic!!! You’re a natural, my friend.

  • Patty November 6, 2012, 8:05 pm

    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;-)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 6, 2012, 10:58 pm

    Your pie is just gorgeous, Nami!

  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) November 7, 2012, 9:54 am

    Both of those versions look so simple and delicious! Yum…

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen November 7, 2012, 11:24 am

    Easy and delicious!
    Here in Italy we call “mele in gabbia” (apples in cages) a dessert like this!

    Glad you bake dessert ;)

  • Shirley November 7, 2012, 10:38 pm

    Those are gorgeous, Nami! I can just imagine having one warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting over the top.

  • Kankana November 8, 2012, 6:30 pm

    I love puff pastry and love easy cooking any time :)

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb November 9, 2012, 9:15 am

    They are both 2 beauties and so simple to recreate. For sure if you are in a hurry it comes handy, I wish sometimes that they would sell those ready made pastries here around. They do come very useful!

  • Hannah November 9, 2012, 10:00 am

    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.

  • Lucy November 9, 2012, 12:58 pm

    I love the simplicity of these pies! The combination of apple and rosemary in a dessert sounds delicious too.

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 10, 2012, 3:39 pm

    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:)

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 10, 2012, 6:41 pm

    Simple perhaps but a classic and always beautiful.

  • PolaM November 11, 2012, 12:20 pm

    That puffed up really beautifully!! Have to try that brand of puff pastry!

  • Food Jaunts November 11, 2012, 5:49 pm

    I love this! I’m not much of a baker so this seems like the perfect easy dessert for my next dinner get together.

  • Jean | Lemons &Anchovies November 11, 2012, 5:49 pm

    You sell yourself short–your version of apple pie is great, no matter how I look at it. I love apple desserts and if I can put one together this easily, all the better!

  • Terra November 12, 2012, 8:09 pm

    I love working with puff pastry, there are so many fun ways to create fun treats! Your quick apple pies look delicious:-). Hugs, Terra

  • Denise Browning November 13, 2012, 10:25 am

    It looks amazing, Nami! And also it’s quick to make…I think this is a great option for ThanksgivingDay since most of people spend more time cooking the Turkey and the sides. Kudos!!!

  • Grace November 18, 2012, 1:46 pm

    My first “apple pie!” And it was delicious! Definitely quick and easy!

    • Nami November 19, 2012, 12:22 am

      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!

  • food recipies February 3, 2013, 7:31 pm

    My nephews enjoyed this a lot. The photos are as yummy as the finished products. Another recipe that proves why everybody loves apple pies. Wonderful recipe.

    • Nami February 10, 2013, 10:51 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! :)

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  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time May 3, 2013, 9:29 am

    Easy and gorgeous. That’s a combination that’s hard to beat. I’ll have to messy up my kitchen a bit just so people think I worked harder at that dessert. :)

  • Aleth September 12, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Hmmmm…..love it!

    • Nami September 13, 2013, 12:16 am

      Thank you Aleth!