Set up in a thrift shop storage space in 2009, the former Pie Lab in Greensboro, Alabama, churned out some of the South’s tastiest pies (while teaching area youths to bake). Among its best sellers was this pie made with Empire apples, which mature in September and October.
What's in Season
Made with Empire apples, this is a delicious take on the American classic
illustration: John Burgoyne
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup raw cane sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
3 lbs. Empire apples, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup toasted pecans
2 9-inch pie shells
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and cream and set aside.
To make filling, mix lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Add in apple slices and toss to coat. Dot with butter. Fold in pecans.
Place a pastry shell in a 9-inch pie dish. Add filling. Top with second shell and crimp edges to seal, removing excess dough. Brush top shell with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and cut several small slits to ventilate.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Serve pie slices warm, and finish with a generous drizzle of heavy cream and a spoonful of whole cranberry sauce.
Recipe from Kelley and Seaborn Whatley of PieLab in Greensboro, Alabama
How to Make the Perfect Smash Cheeseburger, According to Pat Martin
The acclaimed pitmaster proved he’s savvy with a skillet at Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop, and he’s got some meaty advice
How to Make Michelin-Worthy Shrimp Skewers with Alabama White Sauce
Atlanta chef Aaron Russell shares the simple recipe that charmed the city’s Michelin Guide inspectors
A Small But Mighty Snaquiri
Little libations that pack a big punch
Home & Garden
Thirty Ways to Make Your Garden Look Older
Garden pros share tips for giving your green spot a sense of Southern story
A Perfect Fall Weekend in Edenton, North Carolina
North Carolina’s Inner Banks have a surprising political history, famous barbecue, and the best grilled cheese oysters you’ve never heard of
In the Studio with Vincent Neil Emerson and Shooter Jennings
The Grammy-winning producer Jennings helps Emerson tap into his rock-and-roll spirit on his new album, The Golden Crystal Kingdom