Any Tips for a First-Time Apple Pie Baker?

updated May 1, 2019
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Q: I’m making my first — yes, very first — apple pie. I’ve baked lots of other goodies, but I’ve never tried making an apple pie. My partner baked one last night; it was beautifully cooked on top, but not the bottom. I’d like to avoid those issues. Any advice?

Sent by Louise

Editor: Apple pie can come off as deceptively simple, but there are a few key things to be aware of to ensure pie success, like picking out the right apples and whipping up a sturdy crust. Half the time I’m inclined to just make a crostata, however, a good recipe that illustrates the techniques behind a solid apple pie can make all the difference. Our essential recipe for double-crust apple pie will walk you through all the basics — from choosing apples to what thickener to use.

Any apple pie experts out there with tips to share with Louise?