The final word vacation dessert is certainly pie—in no matter flavors you like, it is seemingly in your desk. But when we’re being trustworthy, our pies do not all the time seem like the showstoppers we wish them to. This yr specifically, I am looking for small joys this vacation season. For me, making a very lovely dessert (even when I am the one one which sees it) is certainly a chunk of pleasure, so I went searching for tricks to take my healthy pumpkin pie and to make it one thing actually photo-worthy.
Fortunately for me, Helen Nugent—a pie professional, of a form—revealed a e-book this fall titled Pie Style, chock-full of recipes and recommendation for making a good looking pie. A self-taught baker, Nugent makes ornate pies which have earned her over 50,000 followers on Instagram, the place she shares a gradual stream of fantastically crafted pies.
Although her complicated creations could appear intimidating, there are (a lot) less complicated issues you are able to do to make a pie look a bit extra skilled. One easy factor specifically stood out to me: how simple it’s to crimp a pie crust (a step I all the time skipped—it all the time appeared too finicky) and simply how a lot taking that bit of additional time can take a pie from rustic to bakery-quality. So this yr, I’ve determined to definitely be crimping the crust on my pie, following her five-step information (beneath).
The perfect factor about pies is how simple it’s to make them wholesome and seasonal. Standard substances like pumpkin and apple are in season within the autumn, they usually pair splendidly with pure sweeteners like maple syrup or honey (although you could not want a lot, as many fruits have a refined sweetness of their very own that comes out as they prepare dinner).
As a result of it is also really fairly simple to make a (completely nice) vegan pie crust, they’re additionally a terrific various dessert for plant-based eaters on the holidays. Not solely that, however cooking fruit would not essentially invalidate its dietary worth—it could break down some vitamins, however others maintain up nicely within the warmth. Making an apple pie this season? “Peeling apples will do way more to deplete these vitamins than baking,” says registered dietitian Maggie Moon, M.S., R.D.
Sticking to seasonal fruit in your pie this yr additionally does not imply you are caught choosing pumpkin or apple: Cranberries, figs, raspberries, pears, and pomegranates are in season now, too. And as we head into winter, you can begin looking for extra citrus fruits, too—they will make for a beautiful pie or tart on their very own or when added to different substances.