It’s all in the details …

During our yearly visit to Russell Orchards, we picked up a couple of pounds of their gorgeous apples to bake into my Great Grandmother Mercier’s famous apple pie. While I will not share the recipe as it is a closely guarded family secret, I will share a tip for how to make your pie not only delicious, but also picture perfect.

After I spread the dough over the top of the pie, sealed the edges and cut off the excess dough, I rolled out the scraps to cut the maple leaf designs and then placed them where the dough might have cracked or puckered.

To do this, I used the leaf shaped Williams Sonoma Pie cutter. You can check out their collection of pie cutters here or you can just use a small cookie cutter to achieve the same effect.


Once I had used all the dough, I brushed the top with milk and then dusted it with sugar. I cut small slits into the crust to let it vent, then I popped it into the oven.

As you can see, this pie is one that you can bring to any party and really stand out.

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