Chefs love to mess with the classics. Here are six takes on apple pie to try for Thanksgiving.

November 16, 2014

Chefs love to mess with the classics. Here are six takes on apple pie to try for Thanksgiving.

1. Brandy spiked. The former Chez Panisse chef David Tanis flavors his apple pie filling with brandy, orange zest and cardamom, as well as the classic cinnamon. 

2. Extra-flaky crust. Instead of the usual pie dough, Alexandria, Virginia, chef Cathal Armstrong uses even flakier puff pastry for his crust

3. Healthy and light. For a refreshing take on apple pie, chef Emeril Lagasse makes a spiced apple granita

4. Deconstructed. For a healthy-ish apple pie sundae, Los Angeles pastry chef Breanne Varela folds apple puree into vanilla frozen yogurt, then tops it with sautéed apples and pie crust shards. 

5. Creamy filling. Allison Kave, of New York’s First Prize Pies, actually won first place in a pie contest with her fantastic apple cider cream pie

6. Cheesy crust. Marcus Samuelsson adds cheddar to the crust of his cardamom and ginger spiced free-form apple pie. 

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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