Apple Pie with Dried Fruit

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Apple Pie with Dried Fruit

Why This Recipe Works

We wanted an apple pie recipe made with apples available everywhere at any time. To arrive at the tartness and texture we were after, we had to use two kinds of readily available apples, Granny Smith and McIntosh. The Grannies could be coun...

Why This Recipe Works

We wanted an apple pie recipe made with apples available everywhere at any time. To arrive at the tartness and texture we were after, we had to use two kinds of readily available apples, Granny Smith and McIntosh. The Grannies could be counted on for tartness and for keeping their shape during cooking; the Macs added flavor, and their otherwise frustrating tendency to become mushy became a virtue, providing a nice, juicy base for the harder Grannies. While many bakers add butter to their apple pie fillings, we found that it dulled the fresh taste of the apples and so did without it. Lemon juice, however, was essential to our apple pie recipe, counterbalancing the sweetness of the apples.

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Apple PiesSeason 2, Ep. 223

Every cook has horror stories about making apple pie—sometimes the crust is too tough, sometimes it is crumbly or unworkable. The test kitchen shows how to do it right with our pie dough recipe, which...