Hot Water Apple Pie

from ButterYum
makes one 9" pie, four 5" pies, or six 4" pies


  • double pie crust (recipe and photo tutorial here)
  • 4 1/2 pounds golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 quarts water (or apple cider)
  • 10 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • turbinado sugar (or granulated sugar)


  1. Preheat oven to 425F and place rack in bottom center position.
  2. Bring water or apple cider to a boil and pour over apple slices; soak 10 minutes, then drain another 10 minutes. 
  3. Add sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt to the apples; mix well to combine. 
  4. Roll half the crust and line pie plate(s) as usual.
  5. Pour the apples into the lined pie plate(s) and dot with butter cubes.
  6. Roll remaining half of crust and top pie, crimp edges to seal and cut a few holes for ventilation.    
  7. Brush top crust with milk or cream and sprinkle liberally with turbinado sugar.
  8. Place pie plate(s) on rimmed baking sheet and bake 55-60 minutes for a 9" pie, 40-45 minutes for 5" pies, or 30-35 minutes for 4" pies.  

adapted from Serious Eats