How to Make Upside Down Apple Pie

There’s just something about an upside-down dessert that I can’t resist. If you can make pineapple upside down cake, why can’t you make an upside down apple pie? Well, I did and it’s amazing – if I do say so myself!

Just so you know, I’m not crazy! I realize this looks like a pecan pie, but it’s not. Just keep reading.

Upside Down Apple Pie starts with a layer of pecan halves in the bottom of the pie pan, under the bottom crust. When you turn it out, the pecans are on top of this delicious apple pie.

While others are going crazy over pumpkin spice, I’m all about apples. Take me to an apple orchard in the fall and I’ll be your friend for life.

I don’t know why the phrase “as American as Apple Pie” is so popular. The first known recipe for Apple Pie is found in an English cookbook dating back to 1381! That’s fine with me because my ancestors can be traced back to Great Britain. Maybe that’s why I love Upside Down Apple Pie so much!

You should also know that pecans are my favorite nuts. They really take this pie to the next level.

Let’s make an upside down apple pie!

Upside Down Apple Pie

 Upside Down Apple Pie

Upside Down Apple Pie


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, divided
  • Refrigerated pie crust (14.1 oz)
  • 8 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I use Granny Smith)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, optional


  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Tilt to coat sides.
  2. Arrange pecans on the bottom of the pie plate in a single layer, rounded side down. Pat 1/2 cup light brown sugar evenly over the pecans. Cover with one pie crust.
  3. Place apples in a large mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, flour, sugar, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Spoon apple mixture over pastry in pie plate. Dot with remaining butter.
  5. Fit the second pie crust over filling. Trim edge of top pastry, leaving a 1/2" overhang. Fold overhang under edges of bottom pie crust, pressing firmly to seal. Flute.
  6. Cut slits in top pie crust to allow steam to escape.
  7. Moisten edges lightly with a little cold water and bake at 350º for 45-50 minutes. Cool 5-10 minutes on a wire rack. Turn out onto a large plate. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Melt butter in a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan and place pecans on the bottom, rounded side down.

Upside Down Apple Pie

Pat brown sugar evenly over pecans and butter.

Upside Down Apple Pie

Cover with a pie crust.

Upside Down Apple Pie

Place prepared apples in a mixing bowl and add the lemon juice, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mix well. Spoon mixture over the pie crust. Dot with butter.

Upside Down Apple Pie

Fit top pastry over the apple filling, leaving 1/2″ overhang. Fold overhang under the edges of the bottom crust, pressing firmly to seal. Flute. (I’m not the best fluter in the world, but you can see how to flute here.) Moisten edges lightly with cold water.

Upside Down Apple Pie

Cut slits in the top to allow steam to escape and bake at 350º for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then turn out onto a cake plate.

Upside Down Apple Pie

I like to serve Upside Down Apple Pie warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Helpful Hint: If you make your own pie crust, go ahead and make two and use those instead of the refrigerated pie crust. Then come on over and teach me how to make one. I don’t have it down pat yet. 🙂

Upside Down Apple Pie

Watch the step-by-step video below to see the entire process!

I hope you enjoy the pie and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. We are all about apples in our house, too. We are actually going apple picking this weekend, so we will have a lot of them to be used up next week 🙂

  2. Oh yes please. I am so going to make this soon. I just LOVE apple pie. My whole family does!

  3. I make a similar one Alli but it’s sans pecans and it’s baked in a cast iron skillet. My grandma shared the recipe with me years ago. I can’t wait to share this recipe with her so we can bake this upside down apple pie together. Thanks for posting.

  4. whoa, this looks so mouthwatering. Guess I need to go to my kitchen and start cooking some already. Thanks for sharing.

  5. The only thing I’ve ever heard of as an upside down cake is pineapple upside down cake. I’m never even thought about making an apple one. What a great idea. I think I might make this for Thanksgiving.

  6. That is one gorgeous apple pie! I love how you’re putting your own spin on this classic recipe. Apply pie is always a WIN during fall!

  7. I love this twist on Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Going to give this a try. Just got some fresh Honey Crispy.

  8. What an amaizing idea for an apple pie! In this form it looks more cool and delicious!

  9. Claudia Krusch says

    This upside down apple pie looks so delicious. I am sure it will be a big hit in my house. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make one this weekend.

  10. I just bought all the stuff to make an apple pie. Now I think I need to go and get some pecans and try this.

  11. wow, since 1381, I can’t even imagine how many apple pies have been made and eaten with satisfaction. It’s my favorite and yours is a cool twist on a classic.

  12. Upside down apple pie sounds so yummy! Not a huge fan of pecans but it must taste amazing!

  13. Dina Demarest says

    What a great idea for Thanksgiving dinner! I could definitely try this one!

  14. I would love to make this for the holidays at my house. Anything with Apples is a must at our house.

  15. I was just thinking that I should make an apple dessert this weekend. I love this idea, going to give it a whirl!

  16. I’ve never tried an upside down apple pie! It sounds so good – and looks delicious too! Very interesting and a fun way to switch it up. I’ll have to try it out!

  17. Apple pie is one of my favorite pies so I’m certain I’ll be trying your recipe. If mine turns out as pretty as yours, I’m going to be one happy camper. I’d of never thought to make pie like this before.

  18. An upside Down Apple Pie is such a great idea! We love apple pie here at home and I just have to try this.

  19. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thinking about making it to go with Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for sharing!

  20. woow!! Its seems tasty…
    love to read this article..
    great Blog

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