…no, we needn’t. Apple pie is undoubtedly the easiest of the impressive desserts you can make at home. Using pre-made crust is a smart move if you don’t want to pick crumbs of dried dough out of your kitchen’s crevices until next holiday season. 

So put that enormous haul of apples you picked to the best possible use (unless, of course, you make your own cider) and bake an apple pie. If you can peel, chop and buy a pie tin, you’re 3/4 of the way there. (You’ll also want some vanilla ice cream, apple pie’s cold, sweet sidekick.) Just don’t leave this pie on your windowsill if you live in a city. File under: things we’ve learned the hard way. But the pie part was easy.  

Our favorite pie apples are crisp and sweet with a little bit of tartness to balance out the sugar. Granny Smiths are always a great idea, but try Fuji, Braeburn, Jonagold or Pippin to switch it up.