The Food Channel called out pies as a “food to watch” this year, so when a couple of pies landed on our editor’s desk, we watched. Watched, that is, to make sure they didn’t disappear before we all got a taste!
There is something about Autumn that just calls out for pie. Maybe it’s the crispness in the air that makes those Honeycrisp Apples speak to us. Or maybe it’s the combination of nuts and caramel that reminds us of Fall fair season. And, of course, pumpkin—there is little else that represents the season so clearly.
Not a baker? You might want to check out the pies from the Grand Traverse Pie Company which is celebrating its 15th year of business. We tasted their Apple Crumb with Caramel & Pecans Pie and their award-winning Pumpkin Pie and can recommend them to complete any of your holiday meals.
A couple of pie tips:
#1: Fruit pies should not be stored in the refrigerator because the crust can become soggy. Do refrigerate cream pies, pumpkin and pecan pies, cheesecakes and carrot cakes.
#2: If you don’t plan to serve your pie immediately, you can freeze it by putting in a freezer safe container. To thaw, simply place on the counter overnight.
#3: To reheat your fruit pie, place the thawed pie in the oven on a low temperature (225 degrees) for about 20-30 minutes. Serve with a dollop of ice cream for an extra treat!
Of course, if you want to bake your own, we have a number of great pie recipes available, like these two from McCormick:
Also check out these great pie recipes from the Kitchens of the Food Channel:
Also see our Top 10 Foods to Watch for more of our pie insights. While you read, grab a slice and settle into Autumn. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than with pie!