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December 27, 2010

Apple Streusel Pie

My mom gave me this recipe while I was in highschool over 30 years ago. She wrote a note on the card stating that she won first place with the pie in a contest she entered. So it must be fantastic. You can easily make mini pies with this recipe, they make a great presentation. Top with whipped cream using a pastry bag with a star tip.

Serves 8
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time:

Crust

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup butter

    Mix ingredients until they crumble. Sprinkle mixture with 4 tablespoons water and ¼ tablespoon almond extract. Roll out to fit a 9-10 inch pie pan. Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees F.

    Filling:

  • 5 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup butter

    Combine all ingredients into a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat until apples are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Pour apples into baked pie shell

    Topping

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

    Mix brown sugar and flour together in a bowl. Combine coconut, chopped pecans, and melted butter and add to dry mixture. Add the topping to the pie and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

    Terri’s Tips

  • Use Granny Smith apples for the tart flavor and firm texture
  • Use a good quality cinnamon available from specialty stores
  • To make mini apple pies, cut circles from the pie crust large enough to line the bottom and up the sides of 4 spaces in a muffin tin and add ½ cup of the filling to each muffin space. Top with streusel and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Do not overcook apples when making the filling, it will break down the cornstarch and the pie will not set up properly
  • Serve with whipped cream mixed with ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • Posted by terri at December 27, 2010 03:44 AM

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