The Perfect Fall Pies Recipe
A Taste of Autumn Delight
As the crisp air settles in, and the leaves begin to don their vibrant hues, nothing warms the heart quite like a freshly baked pie—especially during the fall season. Whether it’s a gathering of loved ones around a Thanksgiving table or a cozy afternoon spent indoors, the comforting aroma of a warm pie cooling on the sill is an invitation to indulge in the best that autumn has to offer.
Originating from early settlers in North America, pies have become an emblematic dessert during the autumn season. The bountiful harvest of apples, pumpkins, and warm spices inspired the creation of delightful pie recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1/2 cup ice water
- 4 cups sliced apples or 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (if using apples)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1. Prepare the Pie Crust
In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add the cold and cubed unsalted butter. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, incorporate the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a disc. Wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Roll Out the Dough
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disc of dough into a 12-inch circle. Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough to a 9-inch pie plate, pressing it gently into the bottom and sides. Trim any excess dough hanging over the edges.
3. Prepare the Filling
If using apples, mix the sliced apples with granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl. If using pumpkin puree, simply combine it with the same granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt.
4. Assemble the Pie
Pour the prepared filling into the prepared pie crust. Dot the top of the filling with the melted unsalted butter, distributing it evenly.
5. Add the Top Crust (Optional)
If desired, roll out the second disc of dough and create a lattice or simply place the entire disc over the filling, sealing the edges by crimping with a fork or your fingers. Alternatively, you can leave the pie open-faced.
6. Bake to Golden Perfection
Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips, and then bake in the preheated oven for about 45-55 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. If the edges of the crust start to brown too quickly, cover them with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
7. Serve and Enjoy
Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before serving. Serve it plain or with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special touch.
Variations and Tips
While apple and pumpkin are the traditional flavors for fall pies, don’t be afraid to experiment with other seasonal fruits like pears or persimmons. You can also add a handful of chopped nuts or crispy crumble topping for added texture and flair.
For a quicker version, you can use store-bought pie crusts while still enjoying the homemade filling.