Making a Paper Bag Apple Pie

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Generations have used this method. It appeared in an old Amish cookbook, The ABCs of Paper Bag Cookery.

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The Mukwonago, Wisconsin farm kitchen The Elegant Farmer popularized the method. Don't worry if you're not local.

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The original pie in a paper bag is available from Goldbelly.Let's talk science.

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Baking a pie in a paper bag does what? The paper bag steams and protects the pie.

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It retains moisture, making apples tender but not mushy. The bag protects the pie crust from direct oven heat, ensuring even baking without overbrowning.

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Use this recipe or unpackage store-bought crust. A 9-inch, 1-1/2- to 2-inch-deep pie plate should be lightly greased.

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