The recipe I tried this weekend is from Baking Illustrated. The crust is made with butter and shortening which I think made a big difference, the crust was great. Had a butter flavor and flaky texture.
The filling I think is where this recipe falls short. The recipe warns that they sacrifice appearance for taste, so this I expected. However the filling had way too much liquid, I believe this is due to not macerating the fruit as the recipe suggests. Also, the choice of Macintosh & Granny Smith apples in the recipe made the filling a bit bitter.
I would really like to become good at making pies so I have decided to make them my next challenge. I think I have found a great crust recipe in this go round, but still need to work on the filling. I will also try other flavors as well, any suggestions?