Impress your Thanksgiving guests with this beautiful pie that looks a lot more complicated than it is. Follow our seven easy, step-by-step instructions to achieve pie greatness!

By Victoria Granof

Step 1

Core and thinly slice apples. Bring juice to a simmer in a large skillet. Add apple slices in batches, simmering until softened and pliable.

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Step 2

With a sharp knife, cut pie crust into 1-inch-wide strips.

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Step 3

Coat one of the rounded (outer) strips of dough with sugar mixture and press onto side of pie plate. Press overlapping apple slices along dough, rounded side up. Add a second sugared dough strip and layer on more apple slices.

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Step 4

Continue layering dough strips and apples, occasionally pushing dough and apples towards outside of dish.

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Step 5

Small strips of dough should be visible through the apple slices.

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Step 6

Once you reach the center of the blossom, curl one apple slice around itself and tuck into middle.

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Step 7

Tuck any remaining apple slices around edge of pie plate and also use to fill any gaps within center of pie.

Photo by Julie Miltenberger
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