America’s Best Apple Pies

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Hoosier Mama Pie Company; Chicago

Around Thanksgiving, owner Paula Haney hires country musicians to entertain customers lined up around the block outside her eight-seat café. Apple is the only flavor pie sold every season; without them, Haney predicts riots. Why is it so special? She flavors the apples with Chinese five-spice (star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, fennel, clove, cinnamon), which tempers the sweetness with peppery heat. The crispy crust also incorporates vinegar to retard gluten so it doesn’t get tough, and the bottom is dusted in a flour-sugar mixture to avoid sogginess.

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