9 Delicious Ideas for Serving Pie at Your Wedding

Whoever said that a wedding had to have a wedding cake? For a more rustic, unique, and (dare we say) delicious dessert table[1], try serving pie at your wedding, instead. These fruit-filled confections aren’t just for backyard BBQs and picnics in the park these days! Pies can by nature skew a bit more rustic in look and feel, which is beyond perfect for a laid-back barn wedding[2] or a garden party. But dressed up on a well-decorated display, pie can hold its own next to the fanciest of desserts at a black-tie affair.

You can choose to either swap out a traditional wedding cake[3] entirely or add mini pies as a supplement to other small treats throughout the reception. (Trust us, people will be happy either way.) With so many varieties out there—from light and airy meringues to sweet berry blends—a table filled with pies is a hands-down crowd pleaser. For the ultimate in dessert-table variety, open up your selection to the larger pie family, which includes tarts (shallow desserts with only a bottom crust) and galettes (free-form pastries that wrap around a gooey fruit filling).

Because pies are a more “everyday” dessert than a fancy wedding cake, it’s likely that someone in your family has passed down a treasured recipe or two over the years. Make sure those pie varieties make it into the mix and let guests reminisce as they indulge. Or for a DIY dessert experience, set up a station with pre-baked mini tart shells, fruit compotes, berries, and freshly whipped cream, so guests can create their own pies personalized to their tastes.

For more sweet-as-pie ideas for serving pie at your wedding, browse below.

Photo by James Katsipis

“Matt and I both have an affinity for key-lime pie, so we skipped the wedding cake and instead served 25 (!!) pies, one for each table,” says the bride at this Montauk wedding[4].

Chances are, most of your pies are going to be round and have some kind of textured topping, which can look a little repetitive. Mix it up by displaying them on stands in varying sizes, with heights ranging from platters that are flush to the table to higher and more dramatic cake stands. Throw in a few simple flower arrangements[5] to bring color and texture to the spread, or utilize fun and unexpected elements like this unique faux-bakeshop backdrop.

Photo by Michelle Scott Photography

The only thing better than a delicious slice of pie is a delicious tiny pie that you can take with you as a wedding favor[6]. Personalize the gift box with your new married monogram and include a small thank-you note[7]. Don’t forget a fork; the pie might not make it past the car ride home.

Photo by Lindsay Hite of Readyluck

Slice up pieces of pie on pretty vintage plates for an Insta-worthy shot at your reception. This couple[8] offered an array of flavors of pie at their celebration, in addition to their traditional tiered wedding cake.

Who says you can’t have dessert before dinner? It’s your wedding, after all! A mini pie at each place setting is the perfect vehicle to hold a simple calligraphed name or a sweet note from you and your beau.

Photo by Anna Page Photography

Not all of your guests may be pie people, so it's always a good idea to give them other dessert options, too. This couple served a chocolate malt cake and a vanilla custard in addition to their apple pie.

Photo by Carmen Santorelli

At their fall wedding[9], this couple served up a serious pie spread that was perfect for the season. Flavors ranged from banberry (banana cream topped with fresh strawberries) to Earl Grey tea.

Photo by Liz Banfield

You can't go wrong with a classic! We love this apple pie display that looks like it's ready for spring.

Photo by Jasmine Lee Photography

Since neither the bride nor the groom is particularly fond of cake, they decided to skip the traditional dessert and serve something they love instead: pie! At their wedding in Yosemite National Park[10], guests enjoyed slices of peach, berry, apple, and rhubarb pie from a local farm.

See more: 23 Creative Wedding Dessert Bar Ideas[11]


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  5. ^ flower arrangements (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ wedding favor (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ thank-you note (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ This couple (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ their fall wedding (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ wedding in Yosemite National Park (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ 23 Creative Wedding Dessert Bar Ideas (www.brides.com)

17 Gorgeous Grazing Table Ideas to Whet Your Appetite

Weddings have become a foodie lover’s dream[1]. First the wedding cake[2] transformed into a dessert table. Then food stations[3] took center stage. But in 2019, it’s all about grazing tables.

Grazing tables are elevating wedding cocktail hours everywhere by providing a colorful spread to feast on and mingle over. This family-style setup beats canapés any day—guests don’t have to wait on waiters to bring them nibbles and can dive right into a grazing table whenever they please. While they’re a great way to bring guests together between the wedding and reception, grazing tables also make for some great end-of-reception eats when everyone’s worked up an appetite from the dance floor and needs a late-night snack[4].

Grazing tables usually take shape as a massive charcuterie board or spread of antipasti laden with meats, cheeses, olives, and breads. You can give these a seasonal take by adding unexpected fruits, like cantaloupe and strawberries for a summer wedding or apples for a fall wedding. You also can’t go wrong with dips, nuts, and crackers.

But that doesn’t mean your grazing table needs to uphold tradition—give it a barbecue twist and fill it with chicken wings and corn on the cob, display a range of salads, or make it seafood-themed and offer classics like shrimp cocktail and lobster tail. As long as it’s filled with assorted flavors and textures, you can’t go wrong.

Aside from the food, there are plenty of ways to style your grazing table—which doesn’t need to be a table, by the way. We’ve seen epic grazing tables on wine barrels, window ledges, and wooden boards. To make your grazing table look even more abundant and luscious, bring in lavish linens like velvet, or add greenery like evergreen or eucalyptus, which also lend a seasonal touch.

We’ve rounded up some epic grazing boards, from various food combinations to different ways of displaying the classic charcuterie and antipasti spreads.

See more: The 2019 Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Be Eating Up in the New Year[5]


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  5. ^ The 2019 Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Be Eating Up in the New Year (www.brides.com)

The Signature Cocktails Real Couples Served at Their Reception

Wine, beer, champagne...check! Most weddings are fully stocked with the bar basics[1] needed for a festive celebration. But to kick it up a notch, signature cocktails[2] are becoming a staple at receptions.

A signature cocktail can be anything from a classic favorite to a brand-new concoction with a special meaning or significance—but it almost always has a personal touch. Maybe your fiancé ordered an old-fashioned on your first date? Make that your wedding's signature offering. Or take inspiration from your first vacation together to Los Cabos[3], and see if your bartender can create a unique signature cocktail with mezcal or tequila[4].

If you're having trouble coming up with what to serve, you're in luck. Brides spoke with real couples to find out what they served at their wedding[5] and why. Take some inspiration from these newlyweds' libations.

"We had a beer drink we named the O'Cajun, a nod to Ireland and New Orleans—two of our favorite places. We stole it from a bar in Ocean City, Maryland, that served Black and Purples, and it was Guinness and Abita Purple Haze." —Nicole and Chris

"Ours was the Scalitini. It was a cool cucumber martini for our hot July wedding day and a play on our last name." —Tanya and Luca[6]

"We kept it simple and served Moscow mules and old-fashioneds." —Jenna and Stephen

"We served a bride's drink called Something Blue. It was Hypnotiq and champagne! His was a vanilla mule." —Jennifer and Tyler

"We served something called Jeffrey's Ginger. It was a Moscow mule with ginger beer—my husband's name is Jeffrey and I'm his ginger!" —Kerry and Jeff

"We didn't have a special name for it, but we served Arnold Palmers with a twist. We got married in South Carolina, so it was refreshing in the heat and delicious." —Christine and Jake

See more: 100 Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs That Make a Perfect Playlist[7]

"I love martinis, so we had a martini bar at our cocktail hour where people could make their own. So, we didn't really have a signature exactly—but that's my go-to drink, so in a way we did!" —Jacqueline and Michael[8]

"We served Kentucky mules. It's like a Moscow mule but instead of vodka, we did whiskey. It didn't really have any significance to us—it just sounded good!" —Jaclyn and Matt


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  5. ^ served at their wedding (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ July wedding day (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ 100 Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs That Make a Perfect Playlist (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ cocktail hour (www.brides.com)

8 Creative Ways to Serve Pizza at Your Wedding

Is there anything better than a slice of pizza? Well, maybeeee your fiancé (it honestly might be a toss up). So why not combine your two great loves by serving pizza at your wedding? Turns out, there are some super easy and fun ways to serve pizza at your wedding reception[1], regardless of how casual or formal your wedding might be.

From the cocktail hour[2] to a late-night snack[3] to a make-your-own-pizza station, here are our favorite ways to serve pizza at your wedding. But be warned: These cute and creative wedding ideas will definitely steal a pizza your heart! (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.)

While Getting Ready With Your Bridesmaids

It's going to be a long day, so you and your girls will need some cheesy sustenance. Have a few pizzas delivered to your bridal suite so you can chow down while getting ready[4] for the ceremony.

DIY Pizza Bar

Have your guests get their hands dirty with a DIY pizza bar. Let them pick toppings, cheese, and even the sauce. You can do this as the main dish or just as an ongoing option throughout the night.

Passed Appetizers

Birds of a Feather

Who says you need to have trays of fancy hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour? Instead of formal finger food, offer different kinds of pizza squares as an appetizer option.

Sub for Dinner Rolls


Instead of serving bread and butter with the salad course, put a cheesy flatbread on the table cut into squares for your guests to share. Trust us: Nobody will complain about starting their night off with a good slice.



Because everything tastes better in chocolate, right? Forgo the mozzarella and tomato sauce, and serve up a lip-smacking dessert pizza. Think: a chocolate base, some strawberry jam, slices of bananas...yum! Feel free to think outside the box with your caterer[5] on this sweet treat.

Late-Night Snack

As the party goes on and guests sweat off some calories on the dance floor, offer a late-night snack of pizza slices. Either order in from your favorite local pizza place or coordinate with the venue to have them bring out some pies at midnight.

To Go

Christina L Mills/Still55 Photography

Wondering what to box up and give your guests as a take-home party favor[6]? Give them something they can munch on during their commute home or back in their hotel rooms. Fill up to-go boxes with mini slices or squares of pizza and have the venue keep them warm until the night ends.

With a Side of a Cute Sign

Pizza puns for the win! Adorn your pizza bar or buffet with an on-theme sign with a slightly cheesy (get it?) saying.

Ready to dig in? Shop wedding-ready pizza products below.

All You Need is Love and Pizza Rehearsal Dinner Invitation

Courtesy of WishfulPaperie

A rehearsal dinner pizza party?! Where do we sign up?

SHOP NOW: Etsy[7], was $6.99, now $3.49

Pizza Bridesmaid Scratch-Off Cards

Courtesy of PetalPaperCo

Pop the bridesmaid question by letting your besties know that you love them more than pizza—and that's a lot!

SHOP NOW: Etsy[8], $16 for four

After This We're Getting Pizza T-Shirt

Courtesy of DesignPunch

Who needs matching getting-ready robes when you and your bridesmaids have tees like these?

SHOP NOW: Etsy[9], starting at $20

Pizza Bar Sign

Courtesy of PaperSupplyStation

Your guests will instantly start drooling when they spot this sign at your reception.

SHOP NOW: Etsy[10], starting at $15

You Had Me at Pizza Custom Pizza Box

Courtesy of GraciousBridal

You can send your guests home with a slice, thanks to these adorable pizza boxes. Trust us—they'll be so grateful.

SHOP NOW: Etsy[11], $6.50 for eight

See more: Slice, Slice, Baby: Wedding Registry Must-Haves for Pizza Lovers[12]

Jen Glantz is a "professional bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire[13]. She's the author of All My Friends Are and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.[14]


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Costco Is Now Selling a 5-Tier Wedding Cake Entirely Made of Cheese

Cheese lovers[1] (and those who are lactose intolerant but indulge regardless): Your dream wedding cake finally exists. Costco is now selling a five-tier wedding cake made of five different types of cheeses—our stomach can’t take it, but we will try.

“Comprised of gourmet cheeses sourced from around the world, the Cheese Lover Celebration Cake is a striking and delicious alternative to a classic centerpiece, cake, or cheese board,” the description reads.

The Sid Wainer & Son Cheese Lover Artisan Wedding Cake[2] has a round base of eight pounds of Red Leicester, a medium cheddar. From there, seven pounds of Danish Blue (a mild blue cheese), five pounds of Murcia al Vino (a drunken goat cheese), three pounds of Tuscan Sheep’s Cheese (a nutty flavored cheese) and just over a pound of Brillat-Savarin Triple Cream Brie follow in tiers.

Together, the cake is 24 pounds, serves 105 to 150 people, and can be yours for $440.

This is just the first sign that our predictions were right: “Cheese” cakes will be a big wedding cake trend in 2019[3]. It’s perfect for couples who favor savory over sweet and want to offer their guests something unique. The cake is already colorful, due to the natural hues of the cheeses, but you can further dress it up to make it suitable for your formal event; take inspiration from the Costco version and doll your cake up with flowers and greenery[4] or add fresh fruit.

If a tower of cheese is too low-key to swap for a real cake at your wedding, this cake could be perfect for pre-wedding parties and cocktail hours alike.

See more: Brace Yourselves: An Ace of Cakes Chef Served a Meat Cake at His Wedding[5]

While we can’t deny how beautiful a traditional white cake[6] can be, cake alternatives[7] are definitely getting the attention of our taste buds. From single-tier cakes[8], macaron towers, and now cakes made of cheese, the options are endless—and delicious.

Best Wine of the Month Clubs and Subscriptions For Couples

If there's one thing that's guaranteed to make the holidays a little less stressful (or perhaps more entertaining?) it's a copious amount of wine. And it's not just the holiday season—wine comes in handy just about any time, from cozy nights of Netflix and chill, to romantic anniversary dinners[1], to hosting friends and family for dinner parties[2] galore. So why not cut out the hassle of having to make an extra stop at a wine or liquor store? Enter: wine of the month clubs and wine subscription boxes.

Why we love them: 1) You can choose the wines from the comfort of your desk/bed/anywhere, 2) you can customize your wines based on your distinct palate, and 3) all the wines have been vetted by professionals[3], so you never get an icky bottle. Plus, it's just such a treat to come home to a box full of vino waiting at your door from your wine[4] of the month club! (Or maybe it's wine of the week, no judgement.)

Here are our picks for the best wine of the month clubs and subscriptions perfect for oenophile[5] couples!

Courtesy of First Leaf

What it is

A wine subscription that partners with wineries and winemakers that personalizes your picks based on a quiz you complete before each shipment. With every new shipment, you can discover new wines[6] that are selected to fit your flavor profile.

How the membership works

The introductory box contains three bottles, while each following box contains six bottles, chosen by the answers you chose on the taste quiz. Provide feedback after each shipment to refine picks for the next box. You can choose the frequency of shipments, and if you don’t like a bottle that is in your box you can switch it out before it ships


Every introduction pack is 3 bottles for $5 per bottle plus $4.95 shipping. After the introductory box, each shipment is $79.95 plus $9.95 shipping.

Courtesy of Bright Cellars

What it is

Bright Cellars' mission is rooted in the tradition surrounding wine and winemaking. They help you discover new tastes[7] and regions, and want to make drinking wine a fun exploration!

How the membership works

Answer seven questions about your food and beverage preferences to create a profile that's unique to you. They'll show you the top four wines from around the world that you're most likely to enjoy. Each box of four wines[8] is delivered once per month, and you can skip or cancel anytime.


You'll be charged $88 plus state tax for each shipment.

Courtesy of Nocking Point

What it is

A quarterly wine and coffee subscription box that offers craft and small batch wines and limited edition gear and collectables. Every shipment includes three bottles of wine (many are exclusives to Nocking Point, and one is always be curated by a special guest celebrity tastemaker), one bag of coffee from Walla Walla Roastery, and one custom t-shirt.

How the membership works

A new box ships quarterly—you'll receive a new shipment on March 1, June 1, September 1, and a box with a special treat on December 1.


$99 per shipment with free shipping.

Courtesy of Winc


What it is

Trendy wine subscription club, Winc, connects you to a world of exclusive wines tailored to your tastes with brands from all over the globe. The Winc team creates and curates over a hundred wines, and makes the experience of exploring wine[9] easy and pleasurable.

How the membership works

Create a palate profile by answering six questions about your tastes. You'll see the wine choices that have been specifically chosen to match your palate, or swap out a bottle for something different. Rate your wines after you try them for better recommendations next time. You'll get a monthly delivery that's flexible—members can skip a month any time, free of charge as well as cancel at any time.


Monthly subscriptions start at $52 for four bottles, but are adjustable depending upon specific wine price. Shipping is free.

Courtesy of HelloFresh

What it is

Choose from different plans (mixed wines, white wines, or red wines) and learn how to pair your wines with HelloFresh meals. You'll get in-depth pairing and tasting[10] notes to help you be more knowledgable about why you like what you like.

How the membership works

You'll get six bottles per month alone with HelloFresh meal pairings and recipes. Cancel, skip or change up your plan at any time.


Starting at $89 per month for six bottles with free shipping.

Courtesy of Blue Apron

What it is

Mix and match your favorite wines each month, perfectly sized for sharing between two people (bottles are 500 mL, about 2/3 of a standard-sized wine bottle).

How the membership works

You'll get six bottles per month, with exclusive access to delicious wines from renowned winemakers. Select the wines you love before they ship. Skip or cancel anytime.


$65.99 per month plus tax, with free shipping.

See more: 15 New Wines You Should Be Serving at Your Wedding[11]

Courtesy of Vinley Market

What it is

Vinley Market is a women-owned business, with an eye toward appealing to Millennials (the packaging is spot-on). Their wines are small batch, often biodynamic and organic and come with tasting cards made by sommeliers.

How the membership works

Each month, you'll receive two or three bottles of wine chosen by sommeliers. Each bottle is a small batch, boutique wine you won’t find in grocery stores. The monthly subscription can be cancelled at any time.


Starting at $59 per month for two bottles, or $79 for three bottles. Shipping costs dependent on state.


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The 2019 Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Be Eating Up in the New Year

Opt for Substitutes

“Addressing dietary lifestyles have become increasingly more common,” says Alison Awerbuch, chef & partner at Abigail Kirsch[1]. “Whether it’s gluten-free, vegan, nut- free, keto, or paleo, we are always getting requests by our brides to include some of these types of food at their wedding,” Awerbuch adds. It’s important to create menu items that are seamlessly modified since they are so delicious and are presented so creatively. “Some favorites include our vegan and gluten-free Artisan Vegetable Sushi made with brown rice, quinoa & pickled beets, squash and cucumbers,” notes Awerbuch.


  1. ^ Abigail Kirsch (abigailkirsch.com)

10 Best New Holiday Cookbooks Perfect for a Cozy Winter

Brrrr. It's getting cold out there! The winter season is all about retreating inside, getting cozy[1] and sharing time with family and friends—especially around the table[2]. Warm soups and stews[3], delectable desserts, and festive cocktails abound. Because we're all heading indoors (and putting diets[4] aside until January), it's also a great time to experiment with some new recipes.

Luckily, a lot of new cookbooks tend to come out during the holiday season, just in time for holiday baking[5] and gift giving. This year's selection is no exception, with new offerings from fan faves like Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi and Dorie Greenspan, in addition to a few exciting new debut authors who take us around the world with their innovative recipes and creative twists. For a foodie, a cookbook it's literally a gift that keeps giving, providing inspiration, ideas, and (hopefully) some delicious meals all year round.

Here are 11 amazing new holiday cookbooks to keep you warm all winter long.


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10 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Everyone has a favorite dish when it comes to Thanksgiving, and dessert is definitely no exception. This season is all about warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves (all in the name of staying cozy!). Autumn flavors and harvest fruits like pumpkin, apple, and cranberry take center stage at Thanksgiving dinner as family and friends gather together at a beautiful table[1] to celebrate the best that the season has to offer.

If you have a lot of guests, it's a good idea to set up a dessert table[2] (buffet-style) to show off the sweets and give guests the opportunity to pick and choose their favorites. It's also the perfect time to display favorite serving pieces[3], your new pie plate, or the cake stand your Aunt Sally purchased from your registry[4]. When it comes to the dessert table, make sure to have a mix of traditional pies and cakes along with some unexpected treats like individual custards or poached fruit. After a big meal like Thanksgiving, just a bite of something sweet (versus a huge serving of a rich dessert) might be just the thing your guests will want.

Desserts, like many other Thanksgiving recipes, are also ideal to prep ahead[5] of time. Save a chunk of the day before Thanksgiving as your baking time and you'll definitely ease up on the stress when it comes time to get the cocktail party[6] going and the big meal out on the table.

See more: 10 Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Make Ahead[7]


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  6. ^ cocktail party (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ 10 Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Make Ahead (www.brides.com)

10 Thanksgiving Recipes that You Can Make Ahead

Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit[1]



  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Filling and Assembly

  • 4 pounds Pink Lady or other sweet-tart, firm baking apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • All-purpose flour (for surface)
  • 1½ cups unfiltered apple cider
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Demerara sugar (for sprinkling)

Special Equipment: A 9-inch deep pie dish



Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in food processor to combine. Add butter and process until largest pieces of butter are pea-size. Transfer to a large bowl.

Combine vinegar and ½ cup ice water in a small bowl and drizzle over flour mixture, mixing with a fork to combine. Mix until shaggy pieces form, then knead in bowl a couple of times with your hands to bring together (dough will look very clumpy, dry, with loose bits). Transfer large clumps of dough to work surface, drizzle 1 Tbsp. ice water over remaining flour mixture in bowl and knead again to bring it together. Place on top of dough on work surface. Working with half of the dough, press into a single mass, incorporating dry bits, then pat down to make a ¾"-thick square. Using a bench scraper or knife, divide dough into 4 pieces. Stack pieces on top of one another, placing any unincorporated dry bits in between layers, and press down to combine. Form dough into a ¾"-thick disk and wrap tightly in plastic. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill at least 2 hours.

Do Ahead: Dough can be made 5 days ahead. Keep chilled, or freeze up to 1 month.

Filling and Assembly

Toss apples with brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cardamom in a large bowl to coat. Let apples sit until they start to release their juices, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

Let dough sit at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Working one at a time, roll out disks of dough on a lightly floured surface ⅛" thick. Stack on a parchment-lined baking sheet, separating layers with a sheet of parchment, and chill while you prepare the filling.

Place apple cider in a medium saucepan and scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add pod. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced by two-thirds. Pour off juices that have accumulated in bowl of apples and add to apple cider. Return to a boil and cook until reduced to about ½ cup; remove vanilla pod. Stir cornstarch into 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to dissolve, then whisk into apple cider. Cook, whisking constantly, until cider mixture is very thick and bubbling, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly, then scrape over apples; toss to coat.

Carefully transfer dough round to pie dish. Lift up edges and allow dough to slump down into dish (if too cold to be pliable, let it warm up slightly first). Press dough firmly against sides and bottom of plate. Trim, leaving about 1" overhang. Beat egg with 1 tsp. water in a small bowl and brush over edges of dough. Scrape in apple filling, creating a mound in the center; dot filling with butter. Place remaining dough round over filling. Trim edges of top round, leaving a ½" overhang. Fold edge of bottom round up and over; press together to seal. Crimp edge and brush top with remaining egg wash. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and cut a few vents in top. Place pie on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill in freezer 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.

Bake pie until crust is deep golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling, 1½–2 hours (yes: 2 hours!). Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool at least 4 hours before serving.

Do Ahead: Pie can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool; store covered with foil at room temperature.


  1. ^ Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit (www.bonappetit.com)