How to Make an Easy Lattice Top Apple Pie & Pillsbury Giveaway

How to Make an Easy Lattice Top Apple Pie & Pillsbury Giveaway

The thought of making a homemade pie can be little intimidating, not to mention time consuming; my grandmom always seemed to have the talent and time though. With apple harvest season right behind us and the holidays arriving, Pillsbury® is there to help, providing convenience for today’s busy moms. Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crusts deliver the look and taste of homemade without the time and stress of making a crust from scratch.

Since apple pie is the most-consumed variety in the United States, especially at this time of year, I decided to take a little challenge and see for myself. I do enjoy baking, though I must say pies would not exactly be one of my specialties. With this incredibly simple recipe and help from Pillsbury®, baking a semi-homemade pie could not have been easier and a great opportunity to get the family involved.

{Perfect Apple Pie}adapted from Pillsbury


For the Crust

1 Box of Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crusts

For the Filling

6 Cups of Thinly Sliced, Peeled Apples (approximately 6 medium apples)
3/4 Cup of Sugar
2 Tablespoons of All-purpose Flour
3/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Heat oven to 425°F and lay the Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crusts on the counter to soften.

Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. I have this little gadget that I have to say stays hidden in my pantry most the time. It cores the apples, peels them and slices them to perfection, with just a turn of the handle.

If you eat a lot of apples this peeler is an essential tool to have in your kitchen providing ultimate convenience. You can find more information {here}.

Place the sliced and cut apples into a large mixing bowl and combine with the remaining filling ingredients; sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and lemon juice.

Carefully unroll one of the Pillsbury® Pie Crusts into an ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate; Press firmly against the sides and bottom.

You can simply unroll the second pie crust and place it on top, however, I wanted to get a little fancy and have some fun with a woven lattice top.

Begin by unrolling the second Pillsbury® Pie Crust out onto a flat surface. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into 1/2 inch strips.

Spoon the mixed filling into your pie dish and evenly place five of the cut strips on top of the filling.

Fold back every other strip, half way across the pie dish, and place another long strip perpendicular, down the center of the pie. Unfold the folded strips back into place.

Working on the right hand side of the pie, take the two parallel strips that are underneath the perpendicular strip, and fold them back. {as shown above} Evenly lay another perpendicular strip and unfold the folded strips.

Move to the left side of the pie and repeat the same steps as above.

Alternate from side to side…

…until you have completely covered the entire surface.

Trim the edges of the strips flush with the underlying dough in the pie dish.

I am sure there is an art for crimping the edges, or even a cool tool, however I just used my fingertips to squish and sealed the edges together.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. After the first 15 minutes of baking, cover the edges of crust with some tin foil to prevent excessive browning.
Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

This classic dessert is so easy to make and is great for beginner pie bakers looking for impressive results {without all the work}.

For even more delicious pie ideas throughout the year visit Pillsbury online {here} for fun and easy recipes to satisfy every season.

To help get you started, you can download a printable coupon for $0.50 off a package of Pillsbury Pie Crusts today! {click here for coupon}

{This post is in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: The product, prize pack, information and additional prize pack give away were all given by Pillsbury: Please see disclosure below.}


  1. I doubt that comment 1 will be chosen but here is hoping.

  2. My baking tip. I like to but the foil on the crust before baking and then remove it when there are 15 min. left. Then you don’t have to worry about trying to put it on a hot pie.

  3. I just LOVE this pie recipe, can’t wait to try it!

  4. That is one beautiful pie. I would never have known it was a store-bought crust. I would love to have the kit.

  5. Beautiful pictures. Now I am hungry!

  6. Would love to win this kit!

  7. My pie baking secret is cobbler 🙂

  8. Forgot my tip! I brush the top crust with a little melted butter and sprinkle with sugar, yummy!

  9. That looks delicious!! Pick me 🙂

  10. My tip is to saute the apples first in a little butter. So yummy!!

  11. I “like” you on facebook now! I love your blog!

  12. Not here for the giveaway, but that is one beautiful pie! You did a great job.

  13. Your pie looks delicious…YUM!! Makes me want to go bake something…

  14. Thanks for the easy tutorial and coupon! I use those crusts all of the time – they are simply delicious! I have not done the criss-cross thing…YET! I will next time and Apple Pie is my son’s fave!!

  15. They also make great pockets for other fillings!!

  16. Your pie came out BEAUTIFUL! Yum!

  17. This is such a great giveaway!! Love it. Your pie was gorgeous!

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  20. I always bake my pie sitting on a cookie sheet to save myself an oven cleaning from bubbling over! That is one gorgeous pie! KristiA at [email protected]

  21. It has been a LONG time since I baked a pie. I would love to try it this month.

  22. Beautiful pie! My corer/slicer is bent. I need to get another one, hopefully cheaper than William and Sonoma.

  23. I already like Under the table and dreaming on FB. Thanks!

  24. MMMMMMM…apple pie sounds so yummy on this cold day. I’ve never actually tried a lattice crust before. Thanks!

  25. I cover my crust w/a shield for 3/4 of the baking time. You can either buy a shield to fit your pan, make one out of aluminum foil, or cut the center out of a disposable aluminum tin to keep your crust from over cooking.

  26. I like Love the Pie on Fb!

  27. I already like UTTD on FB!

  28. Yum, the pie looks beautiful.

  29. I like UTTD on fb.

  30. I make the pies for all dinners at my in laws bc my MIL (gasp) buys frozen pies, yikes!

  31. Your pie is making me lick my lips here at work today! 🙂
    I like to use tiny cookie cutters to cut holes in the top crust..I never take the time to do the lattice but you make it look easy so I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for posting!

  32. My tip – brush a little milk (i mix a little cinnamon in it too sometimes) onto the crust and sprinkle with raw sugar. It makes it look like there are little crystals on top!

  33. “Liked” Love the Pie on FB!

  34. “Liked” Under the Table & Dreaming on FB!

  35. That looks delish! Love the lattice!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. My husband loves apple pie! I bet he’d be super impressed if I baked this up for him.

  37. Very easy and very yummy looking too.

  38. I like to use mini cookie cutters to stamp out patterns in the pie crust and then decorate the tops of my pies.

  39. Like “Love the Pie”on Facebook

  40. Like UTT&D on Facebook

  41. Just in time for thanksgiving- thanks for the giveaway!

  42. I’m kind of lazy when it comes to pies and recently my SO requested one. I doubled the apple filling and made a batch of pat-in-the-pan pie pastry in a bowl. Then I crumbled it over a 9×13 baking pan and patted it down. I added my filling and topped it with another crumble, this time more like a sugary crisp topping. Let me just say- it was the tastiest, easiest, most company ready pie yet. I can only imagine what I could do with this pie filling- savory tarts and pockets are sounding pretty good to me!

  43. What a fun giveaway!!

  44. I put tinfoil around the edge of the crust so it doesn’t get burned. It makes for a beautiful pie.

  45. Oops, i meant pie crust. Also, I’m a UT&T facebook fan.

  46. I’ve “liked” UTT&D on FB.

  47. Thanks for the tutorial, can’t wait to make one too

  48. When I bake pie crust I like to brush on it some egg yolk & milk

  49. I am not an apple pie lover but that picture sure makes me want to eat a piece. 🙂

  50. That apple pie looks so yummy.

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  51. I like UTT& D on FB.

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  54. Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

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  55. Looks yummy! Love the giveaway kit!
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  57. I have a slight addiction to pie dough cookies so I make a lot of pie crust (a pie dough cookies is the crust cut into strips, put on a cookie sheet covered in foil, sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture, and bake for about 10 minutes). The trick to good pie dough is not handling it too much and these cookies are where I got my practice. But my mom used to always make the cookies for any extra pie dough when making a pie so none went to waste.

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  58. That apple pie looks so good.

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  59. Yum–that looks good! [email protected]

  60. I would love to win this! I use a cookie cutter and make leaves on the crust then I paste egg whites on the crust to give it that finished look.

  61. I’ve “liked” UTT&D on FB.

  62. I’ve liked “Love the Pie” on FB.

  63. What an awesome giveaway! I would LOVE this! [email protected]

  64. My great pie secret is to have my Mom make it for me =o) She bakes the best pies ever!!! [email protected]

  65. I am a “liker” of UTT&D on FB! [email protected]

  66. Wow-your pie looks spectacular! I am going to go out and get some of the pie crusts and make a pie for dinner for tomorrow-thanks for the inspiration (AS USUAL!!!) AND the coupon!!!!

  67. entry 1!

  68. I don’t really have a special recipe, I just wing it when I make a pie! I like this one though, since I like crisp (especially with walnuts or almonds) on my apple pie.

    and lots of cinnamon!

  69. oh and I liked the pie on fb!

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  70. This time of year I add a cup of cranberries and a little more flour to the pie contents. It does not add much to the size – just fills in between the apples.

  71. I LOOOOVE this Post! You make that lattice look so simple! Impressive!

  72. “Liked” on facebook! I really could use that kit!

  73. OOH!! Would love to win – Thanks for the opportunity!!

  74. When you would like to change your pie recipe up a bit – use a streusel topping!! Yum!!

  75. too cute, would like to win this.
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  76. That is a beautiful pie! Nice work!


  77. My pie baking secret? Make little handheld pocket pies using this cutie pie gadget from William and Sonoma


  78. I like Love The Pie on Facebook!


  79. I like Under The Table and Dreaming on Facebook!


  80. dont overwork your crust it can make it tough
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  81. That looks soooooooooooooo yummy! Apple Pie is my fave! And I have that apple/peeler/corer/slicer thing and love it!

  82. I’d love it! wendythatcher(@)yahoo

  83. This pie looks DELICIOUS! I may have to attempt to bake my very first pie now… especially apple. Yum!

  84. This pie looks amazingly delicious!

  85. I “liked” Under The Table and Dreaming on Facebook. 🙂

  86. What a great giveaway!

  87. My pie secret is to buy a store-bought pumpkin pie and put homemade whipped cream on top. No one will know you bought it.

  88. I’ve never tried to make an apple pie or a lattice top, but your pie makes me want to try one!

  89. Your pie looked so yummy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  90. Apple pie is my son, Evan’s, favorite pie!

  91. That apple pie looks amazing!

  92. My pie baking piece of advice is…. to sweet talk my grandma into making me her peach pie. I couldn’t top it. 🙂

  93. I love baking pies with the Pillsbury pie crusts. This apple pie looks amazing. Since I have apples left over from our apple picking outing I know that this will be on my baking table this weekend.

  94. Beautiful pie…love the tutorial! Thanks so much!

  95. I must try this… it looks so yummy! Your pie looks awesome!

  96. I like you on facebook.

  97. The only pie baking tip I know is to put foil around the edges so they don’t burn.

  98. I have spent the past half hour going over your site. Love it & will be back cause I am hitting the follow button!

  99. What a great giveaway. Awesome pics of your pie!

  100. I always use this recipe.

  101. I can’t wait to impress our friends at Thanksgiving with this beautiful pie!!!

  102. My pie making secret was always to let mom do it!! hahah!! This year, though, we won’t be with our families, so I hope some of her skills rubbed off on me!

  103. I like “Love the Pie” on Facebook!!

  104. I like UTAD on Facebook!!

  105. I love to bake but have never made a pie. I would love to try making apple pie. I found you via another blog and am so glad! You spice up my day. 😉

  106. I would love to have enough confidence to be a baker – this just might do it!!
    Sheri O.
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  107. My sister-in-law is the champion piemaker in our family, but she may get a run for her money with this one!


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  108. Wonderful site so helpful
    A tip for a good pie is
    a good crust
    A crisp crust starts with a well oiled pan
    A mix of oil, flour and butter whip and spread evenly on pie pan

  109. This looks delicious, I’m trying it this week for Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I LOVE your blog…every post is so informative. Thanks for being so inpsirational!


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