Sep 13, 2010

Sweety Pies

Some of my favourite things to buy at the farmers markets this time of year, are fresh-from-the-farm apples.  There is nothing like a crunchy Macintosh, or a glorious Gala apple to make me feel like I'm knee-deep in Autumn.

Although an apple a day might keep the doctor at a distance, a nice freshly baked pie will have everyone running to your door.  My biggest problem has always been the time involved in pie making.  The reality of working (and playing) as much as I do is that I don't have the time or energy to make pies completely from scratch.  I can't stomach store-bought pies, so I've come up with a solution that saves me some time, but still gives me that homemade pie I crave.

~picture from Country Living

Jen's (Super-Yummy) Lazy-Girl Apple Pie:

1 frozen pie shell  (don't cheap out - buy the good shells!)
5-8 fresh apples - your choice (I love Macintosh for my pies!)

3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter (salted)
1/2 cup sugar

Sugar & Spice:  (add spices to taste - I like a spicy pie!)
1/2 cup sugar
1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 - 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves

Preheat oven to 375*C.

For your crumble topping - in a bowl, cut butter, sugar and flour together with a pastry cutter until crumbly.  Put in fridge until ready to use.

Put frozen pie shell on a cookie sheet.  You want to fill the shell pretty full, as the apples bake down - and sometimes there is spillage!  Prick pie shell with a fork.

Wash, peel, and cut apples - layer in pie shell sprinkling some sugar & spice mixture on as you go.  Fill your pie full!

Pile your crumble topping on your pie.  This may take some assembly skills - especially if you fill the pie as full of apples as I do.  Trust me - it's worth it.

Bake 45 minutes or until pie topping is golden.

This honestly is the best, easiest pie I can make.  I take it everywhere with me, either in pie or tart form and it's always a hit.  For tarts, I use the same recipe and it makes about 18 tarts or so, depending on the size of the tarts I buy. 

If the thought of store-bought shells and salted butter leave you shuddering - try this divine recipe from the Country Living website.  Apple Pie with Salted Pecan Crumble - there is even a recipe for whipped cream.

But - if you are like me, and perennially short on time - do try my easy apple recipe - you won't be sorry!



Dede said...

This looks quick and easy to do. Going to jar up more filling this weekend and make apple butter. Thanks for sharing! Wishing you an awesome fun week!


halloween spirit said...

Sounds delicious! I'm going apple picking this weekend. I'll have to try this. I also tend to shy away from pie making because of the time involved (compared to the time it takes to eat the finished product!) :D

mxtodis123 said...

These are some great recipes. So much that you can do with fresh picked apples. Yummy.

rox said...

Yes ! This is what I want ! I am so waiting for the crop of apples to come in from Ontario !
Been craving everything apple and funny as a fruit by itself I am so not an apple person but add pastry , nuts , raisens etc. oh yummmmmmmy ☺
That salted pecan crumble sounds good !
Thanks so much ☺

Linda in New Mexico said...

Just what my grands were asking for....they want apple pie, I want not to have to work very hard at it. Ta Dah....thanks. The Olde Bagg

The Traveler said...

awesome! I now have a bunch of apples we picked this weekend that I need to do something with and I think apple pie would be a great idea!
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The Traveler said...

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Anna said...

I live for this time of year and it's the only time I want apple pie :-) I like this lazy recipe and will be making one this weekend after we run up to the local apple orchard!

Blessings :-)

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

Yum....apples in the Fall! Nothing better...except maybe pumpkins. As for me...I am a 'cobbler' gal myself. I like pie, but I guess it's the 'southerner' in me that prefers my fruit in cobblers. Not that I will turn down a hot pie mind's ALL GOOD! :o)

VintageSage said...

You know, I'm not crazy about apples but I love them in apple pies! Oh and I love super easy and lazy since my life has been nuts lately! Lol. I'm going to try this out. My stomach is gurgling already. Hope all has been well with you Jen!


Robin Larkspur said...

Just found your so-beautiful blog. I am a total pie-crust-making failure, never turn out right. Now I have a new option to try...sounds and looks amazing. I am looking forward to reading through your archives.

Sparkster said...

That pie looks so yummylicious! I've been craving my caramel apple pecan pie and I think this just tipped the cravings over the edge! lol

I got your package for the Autumn Equinox Exchange today! Squeak! So eager! Must wait! Must wait! I hope this means you have received yours as well or that you will like Monday or so judging by the date.

I grinned at something on the box and I think when you open yours, you're going to crack up laughing if I'm thinking right. I know it has me curious as a kitten!

Have a beautiful weekend!

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