Autumn is upon us, and nothing beats fall baking. If bread was your quarantine go-to, it's time to set your sight on perfecting your apple pie recipe. The all-American classic is the unequivocal comfort food.
Whether you're planning on apple picking at the orchard or are ordering a bag with your next Instacart order, putting together this delicious dessert is as easy as...well, you know where we're going with this.
We've outline everything you've ever wanted to know about apple pie, along with three of the tastiest recipes we've found. Enjoy!
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The best kind of apples for apple pie
When mixed with butter, sugar, and spices, it's safe to say pretty much any apple varietal will taste delicious in a pie. Of course, there are some types that bakers prefer over others. At the end of the day, it depends on your own tastes and preferences, but if you'd like a little guidance, read on.
Granny Smiths are a longtime favorite for their flavor and firm profile. They hold their shape well and won't mush when cooking. However, they are quite tart, and if you prefer a more subtle flavor, it would be best to mix Granny Smiths with another kind of apple, as well. Or, you can go with Honeycrisp, which is equally as firm but much sweeter, and less tart. These have a short growth window, however, and can be tough to find.
For another classic, Golden Delicious are a great way to go. They are sweet and tart, though not as firm as the Granny Smith. If you can find them, the Jonagold are a wonderful option, with a similar flavor to the Golden Delicious but an added firmness. You're likely to find these at the orchard or specialty market, but probably not in your average grocery store.
Should you make your own pie crust?
Making a pie crust is like changing a tire. It seems like something you should be able to do, but calling AAA just sounds so much easier.
If you're up for the task, foodies say homemade pie crust is far superior when it comes to flavor, texture, and healthfulness.
Want to give it a try? Tastes Better From Scratch's Perfect Pie Crust recipe only requires a few ingredients.
The convenience factor of a store-bought crust is hard to beat, though, so if you'd rather go store bought, be sure to purchase a pack of two if baking a pie with a top crust.
Classic apple pie recipe
Tastes Better From Scratch blogger, Lauren, is a self-proclaimed pie snob. She has three requirements for apple pie: it has to be flavorful, it can't be too soupy, and it needs a flaky crust. Her classic apple pie recipe delivers on all fronts.
She recommends using Jonagold, Granny Smith, or Northern Spy apples. Then, use two unbaked pie crusts to create a base and a lattice top. Other than that, it has all the expected ingredients: spices, sugar, butter, flour, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Yum!
Dutch apple pie recipe
American-style apple pies, like the recipe above, use two crusts to envelop a tasty layer of filling in between. Meanwhile, Dutch apple pies call for a sweet crumb topping instead of an upper crust.
You can still choose whether to bake your own crust or buy one from the store, but Cooking Classy's recipe will only require one crust. Blogger Jaclyn prefers a mix of granny smith and golden delicious apples. You have all of the other classic ingredients used in American apple pie, but you'll also need brown sugar for that sweet, crumbly topping. This recipe also calls for a deep pie pan so you can fit in all of those tasty apples.
Apple slab pie
For novice bakers or those simply looking to save some time, Apple Slab Pie is an easy way to enjoy the same satisfaction with less work. Natasha's Kitchen's recipe. calls for store bought puff pastry instead of a homemade pie crust. Unlike other apple pie recipes, this version requires you prepare your filling ahead of time in a skillet or dutch oven instead of putting it in the pie raw.
Then, you simply assemble your filling between two sheets of puff pastry, seal the edges, and bake. Bon appétit!
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