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Rustic Skillet Apple Pie Recipe

Rustic Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie recipe is loaded with thick cinnamon apples on top of a crust sitting in a layer of hot buttery caramel. This pie just begs for a scoop of ice cream and a crowd to help you eat it.

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A golden brown baked cast iron apple pie sitting on a blue striped towel next to apples and a pie server.

Skillet Apple Pie hides a layer of thick buttery caramel below the bottom crust that bakes into the pie. Cast Iron Apple Pie is a simple rustic but easy pie to bake that will soon be everyone’s favorite apple pie.

Have you seen my “Apple Baked Beans” post where I told you about our Back-to-School potluck that we participate in every year with our neighborhood kiddos?

In addition to the apple baked beans, I bring the dessert. They’ve requested the same dessert for the last several years in a row, Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie.

Even though the weather is still warm, baked apple desserts are my favorite and I can eat them any time of year.

Years ago I found this recipe for Skillet Apple Pie in Southern Living SEPTEMBER 2011 and it’s still our most requested dessert. One bite will tell you why!

Top view of a Skillet Apple Pie in a cast iron skillet sitting in front of a basket of apples on a blue towel covering a rustic wood background.

I served this pie like a cobbler by scooping servings out with a large spoon instead of slicing it. It goes a lot further that way and you can make sure each serving gets a healthy dose of that caramel bottom.

Either way, it’s scrumptious! If you can serve it hot, all the better. My guests are always intrigued when I show up with an Apple pie in a skillet.

How to transport this pie?

When I have to transport this pie, I’ll cover the top with foil and place it in the bottom of a cooler with a towel covering the bottom like a nest and then wrap another towel around the pie.

The skillet really holds the heat and the cooler helps keep it warm until it’s time to serve it.

What are the best baking apples?

You want a firmer apple for baking. Softer apples will break down too much and will not let you slice or spoon a decent looking serving.

Plus the texture isn’t as desirable as being able to bite into a loaded slice of skillet apple pie! Good baking apples according to Bon Appetit include:

  • Granny Smith – also my go-to for baking!
  • Jonagold
  • Honey Crisp – also my favorite for everyday eating.
  • Braeburn
  • Mutsu
  • Winesap

Doesn’t this Skillet Apple Pie just scream ooey gooey comfort food? You would never believe how easy it is to make.

How to Make a Cast Iron Apple Pie

  • First, melt the brown sugar and butter together in the bottom of the skillet. Let it cool so can put the bottom crust down on it without melting the crust or your fingers!
Melted brown sugar and butter in the bottom of a cast iron skillet
  • Slice the apples 1/2 inch thick. I don’t measure my cinnamon I just sprinkle away until I’m happy. I always use more cinnamon than the recipe calls for because we love cinnamon.
Thick slices of apple dusted with sugar and cinnamon
  • Place the first crust down over that warm buttery brown sugar mixture. Rustic right? Trust me, it will be just fine. Press it down carefully on the sugar mixture and up the sides.

You need to be gentle but work quickly. Once the crust starts getting warm, you aren’t going to be able to move it around. I used a refrigerator crust. You can make your own. Please don’t judge.

Cast Iron skillet lined with a rolled pie crust
  • Spoon the apples on top of the pie crust. The pan looks really full but the apples will cook down.
Sliced apples sitting on top of a pie crust in a cast iron skillet
  • Put the remaining pie crust over the top and just slide the edges down into the pan a bit.
  • Whisk an egg white with a small amount of water until foamy. Brush top of pie crust with the egg white.
  • Sprinkle with white sugar, turbinado sugar, or a mix of both. I like the crunch that you get with turbinado sugar.
  • Cut 4 or 5 slits in the top so steam can escape.
Unbaked Apple Pie in a cast-iron skillet dusted with sugar and sliced to vent the apple pie sitting on a red striped napkin.

Tips to help you make the perfect Cast Iron Apple Pie:

  • Put a baking sheet or pan on the rack below your skillet to catch any drips. I had a mess the first time I made this in my oven.
  • You can make this pie on the grill! We’ve done it several times so I don’t heat up my kitchen.
  • You can make this pie in a dutch oven or other deep-sided pans. I personally recommend cast-iron, however.
  • Cut apples at least 1/2-inch thick. They cook down and everyone wants a pie loaded with thick apples.
Close up of a baked apple pie sitting in a cast iron skillet on top of a blue stripped towel in front of a basket of red apples.

A few items that you will use to make this Skillet Apple Pie:

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  • 10-inch cast-iron skillet – I use cast iron skillets whenever I can. There isn’t anything like them when it comes to browning food. They last forever, and they’re our favorite pan for camping too.
  • Oven Mitts – When I work with heavy pots and pans I want an oven mitt versus a hot pad. These mitts are heat rated to 550° so are good for the oven or bbq and come in several colors. They also come in a longer length for longer arms!
  • Pastry Brush – I like the silicone pastry/basting brushes for this job. They stand up to a high heat that makes them perfect for the bbq too!

More amazing apple recipes

What is your favorite way to use cast-iron? What is your favorite pie? Please share! You are my inspiration!

op view of 3/4 of an apple pie baked in a cast-iron skillet with a basket of fresh apples sitting behind it

Rustic Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Rustic Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie recipe makes a large pie loaded with cinnamon apples on top of a crust sitting in a layer of hot caramel. This pie just begs for a scoop of ice cream and a crowd to help you eat it.
4.80 from 15 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American
Keyword: cast iron apple pie, skillet apple pie
Servings: 8

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 lbs granny smith apples peeled, cored & sliced
  • 2 lbs braeburn apples or similar cooking apple
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon *or more
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar I use dark but either work
  • 2 pie crust homemade or store-bought
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp sugar White sugar or turbinado

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F, and place a baking sheet on the rack below it to catch any drips from the apple pie.
  • Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let the mixture cool while you prepare the apples.
  • Peel apples, and cut them into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
  • Place 1 pie crust in the skillet over the brown sugar mixture. Spoon the apple mixture over the bottom pie crust, and top with remaining piecrust. Slide the edges down along the edges a bit.
  • Whisk one egg white with a little water until foamy. Brush the top of the pie crust with egg white using a pastry brush; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.
  • Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during the last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

Recipe originally from Southern Living SEPTEMBER 2011 edition
You can cut slices or scoop this pie to serve it.  It will serve 10 if scooped.

Nutrition

Calories: 605kcalCarbohydrates: 101gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 6gSugar: 71gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 10.4mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1.6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Cat

Saturday 26th of November 2022

I had the same issue that someone else mentioned. The butter pooled on top of the brown sugar (when making the caramel), and so I drained the butter off. The caramel looked great after I did that, but ended up sticking to the bottom of the skillet after being baked. It was difficult to cut pretty slices. Just wondered if you could put a pre-made caramel sauce on the bottom of the skillet as opposed to making this mixture and waiting for the sugar to dissolve...? Or do as another person commented and place some parchment on the bottom of the skillet, then place caramel over that. I really liked the way the pie tasted, and it is definitely easy to prepare...would just like to figure out the caramel issue!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 27th of November 2022

Hi Cat. Actually, the butter will rise to the top of the caramel but I don't drain it off. It will blend back together as it bakes. It's very difficult to get pretty slices with this pie. I prefer to just use a big spoon and top it with ice cream. No one ever complains that it's not the perfect slice. I've never tried jarred caramel sauce. I bet it would work pretty well.

JC from DC

Thursday 20th of October 2022

I didn't have a 10" cast iron skillet, so I used a stainless steel one instead, with a deeper lip. The advantage was that I didn't have to put a drip tray underneath but the disadvantage was I should have a) cooked it longer because stainless steel doesn't hold heat as well as cast iron and b) let it sit for at least 1.5 hours after baking, so that the juices could congeal. Or perhaps I should have just added corn starch and flour to make up for that. But it's true what everyone says - the bottom crust miraculously stays intact and that caramel is lovely!!! I also accidentally used white instead of brown sugar for most of the caramel because I wasn't thinking and it still worked out. I also used all honey crisp apples and cut them slightly larger than 1/2 inch because I wanted them to have heft.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 20th of October 2022

I'm so glad that it worked for you, JC! Thank you for your tips. They are all appreciated. Not everyone has cast iron so your tips are greatly appreciated!

Sara

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

Could I make this in a normal pie pan?

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

You absolutely can Sara but make sure it's deep.

Andrea

Monday 4th of July 2022

I've made this Southern Living skillet pie several times, and it's always a hit! My only change is I add 1 Tbsp. of flour to the apple mixture so it's not quite so runny. It works beautifully!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

It's the best right, Andrea? Thank you for your tip.

Nancy Hewitt

Thursday 17th of March 2022

I love this pie! The only problem I have with it is the bottom crust is really hard to get out. My cast iron skillet is well seasoned but it always sticks. Could I melt the brown sugar mixture in something else, put parchment paper in the skillet, pour the mixture on top, then the bottom crust then the rest?

Julie Menghini

Friday 18th of March 2022

I usually have a real buttery mix in the bottom so it doesn't stick. It doesn't cut like a regular pie, however. I've never done this but will try it myself. Melt the butter only and add the crust. Mix the brown sugar in with the apples. I don't know that you'll want to add the total amount of brown sugar because it would make the filling really sweet. Try 1/2 cup. If you do this, let me know how it comes out. I'll also put it on my list to do and will update the post. Thanks, Nancy for your comment!