If you want to learn how to make excellent pies, you need a copy of The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie by Paula Haney. My friend Jenny gave the book for Christmas. It took me until spring to find the time to bake a pie, but it was the best apple pie I have ever made. Why? The crust was perfectly browned, buttery, light and flaky. The apples were soft, but still had a bit of a bite to them. The filling was gooey. The bottom crust was brown and flaky. One friend told me it was "the best pie you've ever made". Making pie is one of my favorite things to do, and honestly, I thought I knew all I needed to know about making pie crust, but apparently, I had a lot to learn.