Sunday, November 13, 2011
Upside Down Apple Pie
I may not have as many followers or as many fans or be as productive or inexhaustible as many of you (some of you post every single day--that is inexhaustible to me), but I do have my own funny little cheering squad.
Case in point: I sat down in church this morning and the lady in the pew behind me leaned forward and said, "I tired your Roasted Shrimp and Feta last night and it was great!".
I must have looked at her funny, because she said, 'from your blog."
I live in a really small town, and it seems I have become known for having a blog. It's really rather funny. (and really, only a few people know, but it always surprises me when someone mentions it)
On Friday night we had some friends for dinner and I made this Upside Down Apple pie and before my guests took their forks and dug in, they said, "have you taken a picture of it yet?"
They know me so well. But, again, funny.
This Upside Down Apple pie was easy, smelled great, looked good, and it tasted good too. You can hardly go wrong with an apple pie recipe. A bit of cinnamon, sometimes some nutmeg, some good apples. Apple pie is my favorite of all pies. In fact apple desserts are among my most favorite, even over something chocolate. This one did not disappoint -it was especially good with the caramel nut topping. The only thing I took an issue with was the
pre-made Pillsbury Pie crust.
I know they are easy, and I know that most people LOVE them. They'll say, why make a homemade crust when these are so good and so easy?
I have to disagree. I can tell they are not 'homemade' and while they are fine, nothing but nothing can beat a homemade from scratch pie crust. For me anyway. If you are a fan of the pre-made crusts, they are a lot easier and less time consuming, but I think the next time (and there will be a next time, because I really liked this version of apple pie) I will try to use my 'made from scratch' pie crust.
You can google Upside down apple pie and come up with many versions and sources. I don't remember where I got mine, but it is handwritten on a piece of scratch paper. None of my recipes are truly mine, I find them from magazines, cookbooks, friends, and from YOU, the blogging world.
Upside Down Apple Pie
1 cup chopped pecans (heaping)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 TB of butter
1 box of Pillsbury All-Ready Pie Crusts
1 tsp flour
5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2" slices
1/4 cup sugar
2 TB of flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Heat oven to 375 F
In a 9" deep pie plate, combine pecans, brown sugar and butter. Spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Prepare the pie crust according to package directions for a two crust pie. Place bottom crust evenly over the pecan mixture in your pan. Press the crust down around the sides of the pan.
In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg. Toss gently to coat the apples. Spoon the apple mixture into the pie crust.
Top with the 2nd crust. You can flute the edges or just pinch them together best you can. Cut several slits into the top crust to vent.
Place the pie plate on a cookie sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until crust in golden brown.
Cool pie upright in pan on a rack for about 5 minutes. Place a rimmed serving platter that is larger than your pie plate over it and invert. Your pie is still going to be hot, so be careful. I used two big oven mitts.
Carefully remove the pie plate. Allow the pie to cool to desired temp. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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