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MMom's Simply Amazing Apple Pie Recipe
Baseball and apple pie. Two all-American classics that don't really go together -- until you add the third element of the time-honored trio: Motherhood!
This recipe is for all you busy T-ball moms* out there. It's an easy, delicious dessert you can put together in 1/2 hour, pop into the oven, and have ready when your little shortstop gets home from practice. Mmmmmmm. And only 1.5 hours from start to delish!
*Also a great dessert option for soccer moms, lacrosse moms, track & field moms, chess club moms, ballet moms, Girl Scout/Boy Scout moms, single moms, working moms, busy moms -- and anyone else who doesn't have a lot of time to bake (but wants to make it look like they did :-).
Pam cooking spray
2 refrigerated pie crusts (9")
3 large or 5 small Granny Smith apples
1 ripe pear
1/4 fresh lemon
1/2 cup butter (unsalted preferably)
3 Tablespoons flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulate sugar
1/4 cup water
Pinch of cinnamon
Spray bottom and sides of a 9" pie pan with Pam cooking spray
Press one of the pie crusts into the pan. Crimp edges if you like.
Peel,core, and slice apples (thickess of slices is up to you)
Wash, core and slice pear (I leave the skin on the pear)
Arrange apple and pear slices in pie pan. You can stack them neatly or toss them in randomly.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice over apple/pear slices
Cut 2nd pie crust into 1/2" strips lengthwise. 1/2 of the strips will go across pie horizontally and 1/2 will go across pie vertically. Weave strips over/under each other to form a lattice. Remember making rafts out of popsicle sticks at camp? Same principle.
In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour. Add brown sugar, white sugar, water, cinnamon.
Bring mixture just to a bowl. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.
Mixture will look like thin caramel when ready.
Pour caramel mixture carefully over pie through "holes" in lattice crust.
Be sure to get some of the caramel on the lattice crust also.
The secret ingredient is the pear. It adds a nice little sweetness to the tart apples. If you don't like pears or are an apple pie purist, that's aok. Just up your sugar quantity to taste....
I am not going to list any kind of nutrition information for this recipe. Yes, it's loaded with butter and sugar. But it's also loaded with fruit. So it's healthy, right? Besides, if your kids have been running their little tushies off at sports practice, and you've been running your little tushy off shlepping them to and from practice, you've all earned a piece of Mighty Mom's Apple Pie! Enjoy!!!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C)
Place pie on a baking sheet (trust me, you do NOT want this caramel mixture dripping into your oven!)
Bake pie at 425 (220) for 15 minutes
Reduce oven temperature to 350 (175) and continue baking pie for 35-55 minutes until apples are soft (I did 40 mins and my apples were just right!)
Let pie cool for 20 minutes or more before attempting to slice. Otherwise you will have a soupy, goopy mess!