Pour the filling into the crust while the crust is piping hot and swirl the fluffy meringue over the warm, just-baked pie. This will keep the crust crunchy and the meringue airy. Slideshow:Beautiful Desserts
The pie can be refrigerated, uncovered, overnight. Garnish with the leaf cookies just before serving.
To make Sugared Maple Leaves, prepare an extra batch of the pastry in Step 1. On a heavily sugared work surface, roll out the pastry 1/8 inch thick, sprinkling generously with sugar as you roll. Stamp out leaf shapes. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 10 minutes; let cool.