The Pie Academy’s Tailgate Pie of the Week: Week 10
One of the things I love about pie making is the astonishing number of ways you can take pastry and filling and fiddle with them to come up with delicious and attractive variations.
I’m not talking about carving up pastry and recreating Mount Rushmore, piece by piece, on top of my apple pie; I don’t have the patience for that sort of thing.
But I do like decorative flourishes that elicit “oohs” and “ahhs” and the stray compliment, all of which enhance the pie-eating experience.
Making a “floating top pie” is a great example. And it couldn’t be simpler: instead of attaching the top crust to the shell, you simply let it “float” on top of the filling. I’ve broken it down for you in this short video, required viewing if you intend to make this pie. (I strongly suggest watching it even if you don’t intend to make the pie because – using advanced movie making skills and astounding slight of hand – I actually make a pie crust levitate.)
If you aren’t already, you should be stocking up on cranberries for this pie and many others through the end of the year. They freeze beautifully, so throw a bunch of bags in the freezer.
Grab some frozen cherries while you’re at it. I picked some up this week at my local Harris Teeter supermarket and was reminded just how good frozen fruit can be. Wherever they were harvested, these cherries were clearly picked at their peak of ripeness and had an excellent flavor that could only be fully appreciated in the finished pie.
We’ll be using more frozen fruit in our pies throughout the winter, to supplement the limited supply of local fresh fruit in markets for the next few months.
Our recipe’s title would lead you to believe otherwise, but when I make this crowd-pleaser of a pie I’ll use apples, pears, or – quite often – some of each in the mix. So long as you use 2 1/2 cups total, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. You’ll love this either way and – I suspect – put it near the top of your list of candidates vying for a coveted Thanksgiving dessert slot.
PASTRY NOTE – Any favorite pastry can be used here, but my preference is for the GOOD BASIC PIE DOUGH. You will need 2 batches of it.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: I highly recommend watching this short video – HOW TO MAKE A FLOATING TOP PIE – before making this.