Hello world! My name is Jesse and I take pie ~very~ seriously.
So, in an effort to make sure your pie comes out perfect this year, I decided to test four popular recipes to find the best one:
Here are their methods and how they stacked up:
First up was my first lady, Michelle Obama. She starts by mixing sliced Granny Smith apples with brown sugar, spices, and a bit of flour.
The next day, butter and flour a baking dish, layer the bottom with store-bought pie crust, and dump your apple mixture on top.
Brush the top with melted butter, then bake at 300° F for THREE HOURS. So, is a low-and-slow bake the key to making perfect pie?
Up next was the queen of Thanksgiving herself, Martha Stewart. Her recipe is super traditional with a ~ special twist. ~
Roll out a disc of her double pie crust recipe (which is a fairly traditional recipe), and place it in a pie pan.
Once chilled, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake. So, is traditional best?
Then came Michael Symon's recipe. He puts flour, sugar, salt, cheddar cheese, and butter in a food processor to make his crust.
To make the filling, toss sliced Granny Smith apples with brown sugar, white sugar, flour, cream, and spices.
Crimp the edges shut and cut an X on top. Egg wash the top, sprinkle with turbinado sugar, and pop it in the oven. So, is cheese + apples legit?
And last but not least came Gordon Ramsay. He starts by cooking peeled and sliced apples with spices, sugar, and butter in a pan until caramelized.
Then roll out one recipe of Gordon's short pastry (which is just butter, sugar, egg, and flour) and line a tin with it.
Cut a slit on top, sprinkle with sugar, and bake. So, was caramelizing those apples actually worth the effort?
SO WHO WON?
TL;DR: If you're looking for a great apple pie, go with Gordon Ramsay's recipe — you'll fall in love with his pie crust. But if you're looking for something different, Michelle Obama's three-hour pie is caramelized, flavorful, and delicious.