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Nothin’ Sweeter than Apple Pie

By Paula Deen

Fall is finally here, and I’m about as happy as a dog with a bone! Fall means beautiful changing leaves, cooler weather, casserole dishes, and all kinds of holidays to share with friends and family members. But most importantly, the arrival of fall means it’s officially apple season, and apple season can only mean one thing: APPLE PIES!

There’s just somethin’ about apple pies that’s so comforting. Whenever I bake a fresh one for Michael, or Jamie and Bobby, my house fills with the most mouth-waterin’ aroma, with hints of sweet, gooey apples, sugar, and cinnamon all floating around at once. I’m instantly transported back to when I was a little girl makin’ apple pies with my momma and grandmomma. (My favorite part was always rollin’ out the dough, but my grandmomma always kept an eye on me to make sure I didn’t over-knead it.)

This fall, though, I wanted to try something just a little bit different. We’ve all had traditional apple pies, but I wanted to give y’all a few variations, startin’ with the base of any good pie—a perfect pie crust! I hope you’ll tell me which recipe is your favorite!

Paula’s Perfect Pie Crust

Mom’s Apple Pie

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Apple Crunch Pie with Red Wine Caramel

Crunch Top Apple Pie

Skillet Fried Apple Pie

Fried Apple Hand Pies

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.