Pies are among America's favorite desserts. With a little practice, you can learn to adapt this basic formula depending on what fruit is in season, and to adjust the amount of sugar and thickeners based on the juiciness of the fruit. Soon, you can say "easy as pie" -- and really mean it!
A homemade apple pie is definitely a labor of love -- what better reason to make one? If this is your first attempt, don't worry if the crust has a tear or two; the pie will still be juicy and delicious. Pie-making just takes a little patience -- but watching your friends and family enjoy the results makes it all worthwhile.
"This is a big-yield pie for crowds," says food editor Shira Bocar of her free-form dessert, which is twice the size of the average pie; its leftovers are eagerly gobbled up at breakfast the next morning.