This is actually a deep-bowl, rather than a deep-dish, pie. Eight pounds of apples are tossed with
cinnamon, cardamom, and sugar and then piled
into an ovenproof bowl, tucked under a blanket of pate brisee, and baked until bubbling. When the pie is served (with a spoon), a mound of crust and sweet fruit grace each plate. For savory contrast, serve with slices of cheddar cheese.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns conducted a search for the perfect pie recipes, drawing budding bakers and seasoned pros to submit their recipes for some of the most delicious pies. Third-place winner Tom Ribando shares his recipe for chocolate-pecan pie.
An all-butter pate brisee is the pinnacle of pie-making, rewarding bakers with a golden and delicately tender crust. Filled with sweet, jammy blackberries and tart apples, and then topped with a forest of pastry leaves, the piecrust is an impressive accomplishment worthy of the season's most important meal. This is an advanced-level recipe.
Our reader Ginny Kelly from Point Lookout, New York, got this recipe from her mother, who offered this advice: "Just tidy up the kitchen and keep an eye on the oven. When you're finished, the pie will be done."