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The Food Lab's Top Nine Tips For Perfect Apple Pie

The perfect pie is equal parts science and art, and there are few things more intimidating in the American culinary repertoire than pie crust. How many of you have slaved away at a crust only to have it crumble upon rolling? How many of you have pulled a beautiful pie out of the oven only to realize upon slicing into it that the perfectly golden brown crust is leathery or tough? Or that your apple pie filling has turned mushy in the oven? Here are the most essential tips and techniques that will guarantee a perfect pie for your Thanksgiving table. More

Bake the Book: Easy Apple Strudel

The secret to this incredibly easy Apple Strudel comes from the freezer section in the form of phyllo dough. Brushing the dough with copious quantities of clarified butter and confectioners' sugar makes for a shatteringly flaky crust that's wrapped around a a sweet-tart apple-sour cream filling studded with currants, raisins, and walnuts. Baked in a 450°F oven for a brief 15 minutes, the pastry browns while the apples retain just the right amount of crisp and tart. More

Scooped: Dark Rum and Apple Cider Shaved Ice

In the days after Thanksgiving's excesses, I find myself craving the sweet simplicity of apple cider. Good apple cider is tart and spicy, with a texture reminiscent not just of the apple but also of the branch it grew on, the tree, the soil, a chilly breeze. Frozen into a solid block and then scraped with a spoon, it becomes snowy and light, the flavor of the fall with the texture of winter. More

Wake and Bake: Apple Buttermilk Muffins

Baking really is magic. It's not just that otherwise good ingredients come together to make something great (Sugar? Good. Butter? Gooood.) It's that ingredients like buttermilk can be transformed into superlatively moist muffins. The first time I saw buttermilk in a recipe, I thought Martha Stewart was pulling my leg. (You know Martha, always such a jokester.) I was hard-pressed to believe that the thick, sour smelling goop in my measuring glass was going into my pancakes. More

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