I did not think there was a way to improve upon apple pie. That is, until a coworker brought in loads of fresh-picked Honeycrisp apples. My apple pie recipe was good, but with Honeycrisp apples, it’s great.
The only way to treat apples fresh off the tree with respect is to ensure they are tucked into nothing but a homemade pie crust. I believe that so many people resort to the box because of the quest for the appearance of perfection. A pre-made dough seasoned with chemicals will ensure that you don’t have to patch and repair your dough when rolling, but that’s not the point.
Pie is meant to smell perfect and taste perfect, but not look perfect.
If you’re scared, ease into it with my mini apple pie. You will need a 6-7″ pie dish and just 2 apples. I use my grandmother’s glass mini pie pan, but metal is fine. The only way you can mess up this recipe is to put too much water into the dough, or slice the apples too thick. Take your time; enjoy the process. When the pie comes out of the oven, you’ll agree there’s no better way to spend a Fall day than baking.
I believe in making a seasonal to-do list, and making as many pies from scratch with fruit picked by me (or a coworker) is at the top of my Fall list. Scribble ‘make a homemade apple pie’ on your Fall to-do list. You won’t regret it.
Another thing you won’t regret?: accepting that pie is a suitable breakfast option. The Pioneers and American settlers did it, so in an effort to go all-out vintage, I’m bringing back pie for breakfast. Settlers eating pie for breakfast might just be the only thing I learned in history class. This is me putting my education to work, one slice at a time.