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Empire State Apple Pie

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Empire State Apple Pie

We hope you’re using New York Apples, as well as local cheddar, butter, flour and other such ingredients when you’re putting together this pie, but another great way to make your pie local is to bake it in one of these gorgeous pie plates made by MacKenzie-Childs on the east side of Cayuga Lake.

Since 1983 MacKenzie-Childs has worked with local artisans to handcraft each of their signature cooking Pie Birdpieces, right in their factory just north of Aurora. This whimsical plate, called the Piccadilly 10-inch pie plate, with its carnival coloring and pointy clown hat edges, brings a sense of fun to any dessert. A pie bird accessory, when placed in the middle, releases steam so your pie is juicy and your crust crisp. Besides being a locally crafted product by a company with roots in the Finger Lakes, this piece is also dishwasher friendly—very handy for when it comes to getting out those stubborn bits of buttery crust.

Click on the image below to zoom in on the recipe, which originally ran in our Fall 2012 issue.

3260 New York 90, Aurora, 315.364.7123,

MacKenzie plate w recipe

For more information on MacKenzie-Childs, check out our feature on the company in the November/December 2014 issue of the magazine.


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