There are dozens of ways to make an apple pie. Of course, this isn’t much help if you’re looking for a recipe to use right now. So what I’m going to offer in this post are some questions you should ask yourself before you go searching for that recipe. That way, you’ll be able to find the one that is just right for your needs.
Do you want a shallow or deep-dish apple pie?
The answer to this question will help you determine not only the style of pie that will work best but also how many apples you’ll need.
What kind of crust are you hankering for?
Do you want a traditional pastry crust? What about a crumb crust made out of shortbread or gingerbread cookies?
Do you want a covered or open-faced pie?
Because the apples in your pie can get dried out if you don’t put a cover on them, you may need to make a wetter sauce for an open-faced pie.
If you choose covered, what kind of cover do you want? Full pastry? Latticed pastry? Or something more akin to a cobbler, made with crumbs, brown sugar and butter?
What type of filling do you prefer?
Do you want the purest filling that is nothing but apples and sauce? Or do you want to get adventurous with flavor? Maybe you’d like to try a pumpkin-apple pie? What about a pear and apple pie? Custard and apple pie? Caramel apple pie? There is no limit to the combinations you can create… except that of your imagination.
How will you garnish your pie?
Depending on the flavors you’ve blended, you should select a garnish that not only looks nice but compliments the pie’s flavor mix. Garnishes can range from whipped topping or ice cream to toasted nuts or even mint leaves.
Once you’ve made all these decisions, finding the apple pie recipe you crave should be a whole lot easier.