Apple pie happens to be my specialty. I think my husband actually married me for my apple pie! I learned pie-making from my Grandma Howard, and worked to perfect some of her techniques. Here’s my 10 tips for better apple pies, just in time for Thanksgiving and holiday baking!
Tips for Better Apple Pies
People think apple pie is difficult. Far from true. Apple pies are very easy to make if you practice a little and know some tricks for working with pie crust.
Make more – if you’re going to make one apple pie, make two. Make three! I just made three apple pies in two hours before writing this post. Honestly, you have all the ingredients out anyway, and the steps are so simple, you might as well make the most of it!
Butter is BEST. Crisco works. A blend of butter and Crisco is better.
Don’t overwork the dough. First of all, it’s not dough anyway, it’s pastry crust. So you don’t want to knead it. I stir mine with a fork while adding the water slowly in little dribbles. Stir and fluff as I add water until everything starts to lump together.
Flour your rolling pin! The worst part of rolling out the crust is that if you have some sticky spots, it will stick to the rolling pin, and your crust will tear. Leading you to have to patch it together, or ball it up and re-roll. Leading you to… well, see tip #3 again.
Fold it – instead of trying to lift the entire crust up off the counter and into the pie shell, fold it in half and then into quarters. Then you can lift the crust without it stretching and breaking. Put the folded crust into the pie pan and then unfold. This will save you a lot of grief!
Store it – Did you know pie crust can be stored in the fridge for a few days? or that you can assemble the entire apple pie and put it in the fridge to bake the next day. Or even wrap it well and put it uncooked into the freezer for a later date? Remember when I told you to make more pies – this is why! (You can freeze a cooked apple pie, but I don’t recommend it.)
Tips for Better Apple Pie Filling
Granny Knows Best – Granny Smith apples are the best choice for apple pie in my opinion. Although…
Variety is the spice… how many times can I use THAT phrase! Try using a variety of apples in your pie. Or add some other fruit along with the apples. Try tossing in some cranberries. Or blueberries. Pears might work too.
Even Steven – cut your apples all about the same size to ensure even cooking throughout
Toss up – instead of dumping your apples into the pie crust and then pouring the sugar on top, toss the cut up apples with your spice/sugar mixture for an evenly spiced pie.
More Pie Recipes & Ideas
We can all use a little more pie right!? How about these:
- No-Roll Oil Pie Crust – for when you don’t want to fuss
- Lattice Top Cherry Pie – for when you want to be fancy (but not actually do a lot of work! ha!)
- Create Your Own Pie – use a store bought pie, but make it your own!
- Pecan Pie Chia Pudding – taking pie flavor to new places!
Get ready for baking season!
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Do you make apple pies? Add your tips! What is your favorite type of pie to make or eat?
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