Simple Apple Pie with Applesauce

written by Dajana 19. September 2018
Simple Apple Pie with Applesauce

There are only a few things as irresistible as apple pie, and there are so many recipes and apple pie variations. We decided to keep it simple focusing on the main stars of this all-time favorite pie: apples and cinnamon.

Good apple pies are a considerable part of domestic happiness.

Jane Austen

The main reasons for always trying to keep my recipes as simple as possible are that 1) I love seeing you making all these cakes and dishes on your own, and 2) I like focusing on what matters. This is why I decided to keep this apple pie as basic as possible, but added a little extra to make it even more apple-y. This apple pie has a crisp and flaky pastry, while the filling with fresh apples and some additional applesauce is intense but not watery at all.

Also, it will only take you a few minutes to prepare the pastry for which you can also use other types of flour like kamut, coco or almond flour if you wish. In order to avoid using a lot of additional sugar, we used sweet red apples and added cinnamon and lemon juice to the apple cubes for the filling as well as to the slices for the topping.

Take your time to arrange the slices for the topping nicely. I can guarantee you that the spectacular topping will make this simple apple pie become a gorgeous eye-catcher! Enjoy the pie while still warm sprinkled with a little bit of superfine sugar; optionally add soft whipped cream.

Apple Pie with Applesauce

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Serves: 10-12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 100g caster superfine sugar
  • 200g plain all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 120g unsalted butter, chopped (alternative: margarine)
  • 2-3 apples, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 150g applesauce
  • optional: 20g caster superfine sugar
  • 4-5 big apples cut in uniform slices
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • juice of 1 lemon


How to make the pastry 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare a 20cm round springform with baking paper. Place the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl and rub with your fingertips to form a rough dough. Using the back of a spoon, press the mixture into the springform. Set aside while you prepare the filling.

How to make the filling 

Cut 2-3 middle sized apples into small cubes. Place the apples, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon rind and 150g applesauce in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined. Add 20g caster superfine sugar if you prefer your filling a bit sweeter. Use a spoon to spread the filling on the pastry. *If you are using sweet apples it might not be necessary to add additional sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, go for it!

How to prepare the apple topping

Wash the apples, clean them and cut them into uniform fine slices. Add the juice of 1 lemon as well as 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Arrange the apple slices on top of the pie. Bake the pie at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes, until golden, then remove and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with superfine sugar and serve while still warm.

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