The Best Apple Pie (now with videos)

One of the glorious issues of a 20 year marriage is the honesty, brutal, albeit “loving,” honesty. Here’s the thing, Graham has never been head-over-heels-in-love with my pies. He always loves bits and pieces of them, but never the entire pie. Can you imagine what that does to a girl who prides herself on figuring out all things sugary. Believe me when I say that I have been on a 20 year mission to create THE perfect pie. Not just a great crust, or filling, but the entire package. Well, I can breath a sigh of relief, and have a moment of marital bliss….because, he declared this “the best pie I have EVER eaten.”  You can not know how important this day has been for me, as a professional pastry chef, as a wife and as a perfectionist. Challenge met.

To celebrate this victory I am teaming up with the fabulous folks at Emile Henry to give away three Apple-Red 12-Inch Pie Dishes, just in time for Thanksgiving. *See the bottom of the post for details on how to win. Giveaway is finished!

The keys to my winning pie were the apples, I used 6 different varieties, because it is apple season in MN and there are so many gorgeous apples to choose from. They all have different flavors, textures and colors. I like to mix them to create a more interesting pie, although I think you can get a very good result with just two kinds. Then there is the crust, which was made with 100% LARD. Yep, unless you are vegetarian, you really need to try it. I am madly in love with Lard. It requires a slightly gentle touch, but follow my directions and it will be tender, flaky and delicious! (more…)

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