If making homemade pie crust for a 2 crust pie is too daunting a project, and you are short on time anyway, I have the perfect pie for you. I admit that I make my pie crust from scratch most of the time, (my grandmother was an excellent teacher) but I always have a package or two of Marie Callender’s ready to bake pie crusts in the freezer for emergency situation. They are delicious, flaky pie shells that are ready to go into the oven with just a few minutes defrosting. Usually by the time I make the filling the crust are ready to go into a hot oven. If you need a baked shell just prick them with a fork and bake them in a for a few minutes. They hold their shape with no worry. My vendor neighbor at the farmers’ market yesterday gave me a small bag of apples and this pie was in the oven baking in less than 30 minutes from the time I walked into the house.
- 5 - 7 tart baking apples (about 6 cups) such as Granny Smith, Gravenstein
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup butter, cold and cut up into small pieces
- ½ cup chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- 1 9" pie shell, purchased or homemade
- Peel and core apples and cut into small slices. Mix together sugar, flour and cinnamon and combine well with the apples. Arrange in the unbaked pie shell. Top with chopped hazelnuts if desired.
- Mix ½ cup sugar with the flour; cut in butter till crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
- Bake in hot oven (400 degrees) for 40-50 minutes until nicely browned and bubbly. Pierce apples with a small knife to make sure they are soft. I know the pie is ready to come out of the oven when the juices have turned syrupy and are bubbling around the edges. Cool slightly.
- Top slices of warm pie with vanilla ice cream and serve.
I haven’t received any products or compensation from the folks who make Marie Callender’s products. I wanted to share this information with you because I know that pie crust is a big problem for many bakers and this is a sure fire way to solve that so you can make delicious, freshly baked pies at home. These shells make wonderful pumpkin pies and the streusel topping is good on just about any fruit filling. Peach is another favorite.
I just poured myself a steamy mug of coffee and am ready to cut a big slice of pie and wish you could join me. It’s a cold, rainy Sunday here and the day is perfect for a nice fire in the fireplace and a homemade piece of pie. I hope you are enjoying the day where you live.
This post is linked to One the Menu Monday at StoneGable.