Fall Pies, Oh My!
Pie is delightful any time of the year, but there’s something particularly soothing about a warm, harvest-fresh pie in autumn. With that in mind, we’d like to present our editor’s picks of some of the best fall pie recipes found in the blogosphere.
IT STARTS WITH PERFECT CRUST
The quality of the crust can make or break a pie. Although the ingredients in pie crust are simple, it takes some practice to make flaky, golden-brown crust. The “fat” ingredient is what brings the flavor and the flake, whether you choose butter, shortening, lard, or a combination of those fats. Lard is perhaps the best for a flaky texture, while we recommend an all-butter crust for flavor, and butter is healthier than shortenings containing trans fat. Try this pie crust tutorial posted by Callimakesdo on Tasty Kitchen, and use the following tips to take your crust to the next level:
- Use a Pyrex® Easy Grab™ 9-1/2-inch Pie Plate to get the most even crust and easy-to-clean pie pan. Plus, use the fluted rim as a guide for creating the perfect edge.
- Try making an original design on the crust. For example, instead of the traditional lattice weave on top of the pie, cut out fall leaves, flowers, stars or another design from your pie dough with mini cookie cutters. Bake separately on a cookie sheet and place them on top of the finished pie.
- Consider these other finishing touches:
- Brush with egg to create a beautiful, golden-brown shine.
- Dust with sugar or cinnamon-sugar to add a sweet taste and a rustic look.
A good pie crust recipe can be used again and again for both sweet and savory pies, so it’s a skill worth perfecting.
APPLE PIE TIME
Almost everyone has a classic family apple pie recipe (even if it’s just the instructions on the back of your favorite refrigerated pie crust). We love the Cider Caramel Apple Pie by Honey & Jam’s Hannah (posted on the Cup of Jo blog), which takes this ubiquitous pie and adds even richer autumn flavors.
Of course, there’s more to pie than just apple. Some of our favorite sweet pies using late summer and fall fruits and vegetables are:
- Food Wishes’ Chef John shares a pumpkin pie recipe, which achieves an especially rich flavor by using extra egg yolks.
- Smitten Kitchen’s sweet potato pie gets an extra kick from rich buttermilk.
- Annie’s Eats presents a lovely peach pie that pairs well with vanilla ice cream.
COMFORT FOOD PIES
Savory pies, especially pot pies, can also be a wonderful comfort food. The classic chicken pot pie is always a great go-to, like Pioneer Woman’s comforting pot pie recipe re-created by Mom’s Crazy Cooking blog. We also love this beef and stout pie from Lana at Never Enough Thyme.
Fall is a time of bounty, so if you’re undecided on what pie to make, we recommend heading down to your local farmers’ market and taking a look at what fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables are available in your area. Then build a pie around that.
What’s Your Favorite Pie Recipe? Share it so others can enjoy it!