Fall Essentials: Everything You Need to Make a Great Apple Pie

Does this time of year leave you yearning for a freshly baked apple pie? Us too! Whether you are a pro at whipping up apple pies or attempting your first one, this set of tips and tricks will help you make the most out of apple season.

I made my first apple pie with a classic Martha Stewart recipe. I remember feeling terrified the dough for the crust wasn’t coming together and that I had piled in too many apple slices. Or too few! But somehow, it all came together so well I’ve made apple pies over and over again. Try these recipes and hone your own apple pie skills:
Old Fashioned Apple Pie at Martha Stewart
Sour Cream Apple Pie at Gourmet
Candy Apple Pie

There are a few classic apple varieties used in pies but don’t limit yourself to those options:
Upick Apples: Choosing the Best Apples for Baking

Apple pie hinges on a stellar flaky crust. Read these tips on making your own crust or the best store-bought variety to pass off as homemade:
How to Make a Pie Crust From Scratch
Finishing Touches: How to Get a Golden Pie Crust
Trader Joe’s Pantry: Trader Joe’s Frozen Pie Crusts

Not an expert? These tips will help bring your pies to the next delicious level:
Perfect Pies: Tips for Making Pies from Scratch
Best Pie Tip: Brush the Crust with Egg
Questions for Allie: Why is my Pie Dough Shrinking?

Why not freeze an extra pie for a quick shortcut to a freshly baked dessert:
Tip: Freeze Fruit Fillings for Pies Right Now
Tips on Freezing Apple Pie at Chowhound

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