With Thanksgiving around the corner, and never having made an apple pie before (not much of a baker) I am going to be giving it a few test runs between now and then and figured I would get everyone's perspective on their favorite things about it and some tips.
First, what is your favorite part of a perfectly done apple pie? Any tips for crusts - all butter, lard, shortening, ect? A lot of filling or a thinner layer? What kind of top?
Also, has anyone seen a thickness to aim for in slicing the apples or other tips like this? Any advice from serious pie makers would be huge!
Finally, what do you guys prefer to bake them in? I have a round pyrex pie pan, but have no problem purchasing something like earthenware, ect as I imagine I will be making plenty of pies in the years to come. Thanks a lot!