Our Favorite Fall Pie Recipes
Apple pie tips
Never mind that America's only native apple is the crabapple. Americans know a good thing when we taste it.
The basic recipe: 6 cups thin-sliced fruit tumbled with sugar and some flour or cornstarch as thickener.
To spice or not: Some cooks swear by cinnamon or apple-pie spice in the filling.
Apple choices: Vary your apples until you find the perfect taste and texture. Wendy Achatz of Achatz Handmade Pie Company in Chesterfield, Michigan (north of Detroit), mixes tart and aromatic Northern Spy with sweeter Ida Red and Mutsu apples for her signature pie. See our slideshow "12 Great Apples for Baking" for more apple ideas.
Sugar lightly: Regardless of the fruit you choose, go easy on the sugar; it's easy to add too much. Bakers who prefer a more tart version can toss in a teaspoon or two of lemon juice.