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Apple Pies

Apple pie is an American classic for a reason. Master the basic recipe with layers of apple slices and flaky crust; learn which apples are best for baking; and try some apple-pie variations like hand pies and fruit combinations. With a few good recipes and techniques, you’ll be turning out apple pie to rival the best your local bakery can offer.

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You can substitute whiskey, rum, or rye for the bourbon. If you cannot find all-butter puff pastry, you can use other types of puff pastry and bake at 400 degrees. The apple filling can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature before using.

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Phyllo is neither the culinary bully nor nutrition nightmare that it is commonly thought to be. Quick hands and a good pastry brush or nonstick cooking spray are all you need to make delicious pastries. You can use muffin tins for the tart shells or make a single tart in a 6-inch cake pan.