Thursday, September 19, 2013

Easy Awesome Apple Pie

There is nothing better than an apple pie right out of the oven. Period. I'm not a big baker, and I don't have a huge sweet tooth, but during apple season, I feel like it's my duty as a mother to bake an apple pie. This apple pie recipe is delicious, but easy enough for even novice bakers to master.

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But first, an "Apple Tale of Woe" (read: epic baking fail).

Sunday was apple picking day. It was a beautiful sunny day - brisk and a little windy. Perfect. Along with the kids, we rode on a wagon out into the apple orchard, and ate about as many apples as we picked (which, in hindsight, didn't bode well for the plumbing  probably wasn't smart, but don't worry, all was ok!).
Inspired by all things "apple", I got home and made Roast Pork Loin with sautéed onions and apples. Big A set to work on the Apple Crisp, which was going to be a great ending to a perfect day. When dinner was over, Big A pulled the crisp out of the oven, and darn! The Crisp on the Apple Crisp Wasn't Crispy.
"No problem" Big A said, "I'll just put it under the broiler". This seemed sensible.
There was one tiny little snag - our 19 year old couldn't stay for dessert and had to leave. We walked him out, and while saying goodbye, forgot all about the crisp under the broiler. I'm not sure how long we left it, but let's just say, when the smoke alarms went off, not only was the crisp blackened, but the apples were a deep mahogany.

Blackened fish is good. Blackened crisp is not.
We ran in to save the Apple Crisp (and the kitchen), while the other 3 kids raced downstairs in fits of giggles (this isn't our first rodeo with the smoke alarm system). In the end, we flung the apple brick crisp into the garbage.
Alas, Round Two. Plan B.

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Easy Awesome Apple Pie
This Apple Pie Recipe uses vanilla pudding mix for the filling, instead of sugar.


1 pre-made pie crust (defrosted)
4 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 package Cook and Serve, Vanilla Pudding (3 oz box)
1/2 cup chopped quick oats
1/4 cup (half a stick) softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar (1/2 cup if your apples are tart)
1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a bowl mix together the sliced apples, vanilla, and vanilla pudding mix (DO NOT MAKE PUDDING, just use the dry mix).
  2. In a separate bowl combine the oats, brown sugar and butter
  3. Carefully spoon the apples into the unbaked pie crust
  4. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top
  5. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. (About 3/4 of the way through I covered the edges of the pie crust with tin foil, to prevent the crust from getting too dark.)  
  6. *Do not leave the house during baking (see above)*
  7. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
I hope you try this easy yummy pie. I can tell you, it was a lot better than our Apple Crisp. (Not that I tried it, just in case, or anything).
Let me know if you have any interesting ways to use apples. We have quite a few left to use up!
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Or maybe I'll just keep them in the bowl because they look so pretty!


Sarah Johnson said...

Looks Good! Take some apples and peel them. Place them in the crockpot with a little water, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Let cook on low for about 4 hours or until they are soft enough for your liking. I had a bunch of apples I wanted to use up so I did this a few times (besides making applesauce.) Everyone in the family loved the warm apples! (And your house will smell great!)

Susan at said...

hahah, I knew I was a picky eater, but since reading your blog I wonder if I'm not broken! I dont like pie either! pie and ice cream... I'm a failure.

Looks beautiful though :)

Unknown said...

Okay Susan, now it's my goal to make a recipe you want to eat!!! LOL!

Thanks for the recipe idea Sarah! Love how the crockpot makes the house smell good!


Helen @lovelyandloving said...

Hi Julia! I love apple pie, but worried that it will be such a fail that I have never tried it. I haven't tried a recipe that uses vanilla pudding, but that sounds absolutely delicious. Pinning and thanks for the recipe!

Jennie said...

I love apple pie! Looks so good!
Come link up with me and share!

Kayla @ Home Coming said...

Looks delish! Don't forget to link up to The DIY'ers.

JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

Love apple crisps, dump cakes, turn overs, you name it - pinning ;-) Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet comment on my rag wreath!

Unknown said...

Glad you stopped by JoAnn and Kayla! Julia

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. What size pudding mix? Do you mix the pudding up or use it dry?

Unknown said...

I changed the recipe - just use the dry mix and it's the small 3 oz box or pudding. :) Julia

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

So sorry about the broiler incident...but it happens to the best of cooks! Yours does look yummy, I am going to have to put fresh apples on my grocery list this week and try it!

Silhouette School said...

I just took my daughter apple picking today so this is perfect timing! Thanks for linking up at the Link it Or Lump It link party!

Melissa @ Two It Yourself

Unknown said...

Melissa - I hope you and your daughter enjoy!

Christine, Let me know if you do make it!


Allison @ Dream a Little Bigger said...

This sounds amazing! And I love how easily I could make this gluten free for me and my family! Thanks for linking up :)