The Great Apple Pie Bake-Off

Living in New England, when autumn comes it’s time to go apple picking.

Once we’ve picked the apples (and eaten our fill of them, plus the orchard’s apple cider donuts) we come home for the Great Apple Pie Bake-Off. 

It’s always nice when friends have something in common—like a love of apple pie! 

For many years we have gone apple picking with two other families we’ve known since our daughters were in nursery school together, and then come home and baked together.

For the bake-off, each family makes one or two apple desserts, and we then eat and critique them—though I must say the critique is very limited, while the praise is substantial. 

Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp/Crumble
Apple Rhubarb Pie
Apple Rhubarb Pie
Fancy Apple Tart
Fancy Apple Tart
Tarte Tatin
Tarte Tatin

One year we decided to make a whole dinner using apples, including apple-and-sausage casserole, an apple-and-cabbage dish, and Waldorf Salad. It was good, but after dessert we all felt this was too much of a good thing, so we went back to just making apple desserts, preceded by Chinese take-out.

Each year I try to come up with a new recipe. Here are some of our favorites.

Apple Pizza
Apple Pizza
Apple Pie
Apple Pie