Fall may just be my favorite time of year. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to that first cool breeze, the leaf change and, of course... apple picking! Yes, a beautiful, clear fall day driving out to a farm to pick apples is perfection for me.
Now, the reality is, once you get out amongst the orchards, apple picking turns to sport. And you can’t help but go a bit loony and bring back a quantity of apples that most normal people couldn’t consume in a year. I end up making pies, apple butter, and chutneys until I can’t look at another apple for a year, and this was no exception. I went in on some Red Delicious, Idareds, and Mushus, and this pie was the (necessary) result.
The star anise infuses the brown butter, and that fragrant nuttiness complements the light, licorice-like flavor of the spice. In combination with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich vanilla bean, the pie has a complexity that still doesn’t take away from the simplicity of the apple pie itself — that traditional apple flavor and buttery, flaky crust. I love to make the crust from scratch, but feel free to use your own recipe here or go ready-made. The filling could not be more simple, and this is now my go-to apple pie... Enjoy!
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