I posted a Cream Cheese Dutch Apple Pie care package on Instagram and several people sent me messages wanting the recipe for the pie I featured.
*Updated photos added October 7th, 2019.
Basically, I baked an apology pie for the kids at the foster home who witnessed my little “fainting spell” a few weeks ago. Wrapped it up, included some festive Thanksgiving napkins, disposable utensils and dropped it off Thanksgiving afternoon.
They were overjoyed! “Mrs. Aimee, don’t you worry about passing out- you can do it again if it means you’ll keep coming to visit us and bring PIE!”.
“Mrs. Aimee, you make that thing yourself?!”
“I don’t really like turkey, but I love PIE!”
It’s amazing how baked goods can instantly turn a day that can be difficult for those not able to spend it with family into one of gratitude and happiness.
This Cream Cheese Dutch Apple Pie will do that for you.
- 1 prepared pie crust (pre-packaged or homemade)
- For the Pie Filling:
- 1- 8 ounce package cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 cups apples, peeled, thinly sliced (I use a combination of Gala and Figi)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- For the Streusel Topping:
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup cold butter (cubed)
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Add prepared pie crust to 9-inch pie plate. (If using pre-packaged, you’ll use only one crust of a 2 crust package). Prick the bottom of the crust and set aside.
Beat the cream cheese and 1/4 cup of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until blended. Add egg and vanilla. Spread onto the bottom of the crust.
In a medium sized bowl combine the remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss in the apples and lemon juice, making sure to evenly coat with the sugar mixture. Spoon the apples over the cream cheese layer.
Prepare the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar and oats in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apples. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes covered, remove the foil, and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
**Use a pie shield if it looks like the edges of the pie crust are browning more than you would like.
Super easy and a modified version of this tried and true pie.
I tweaked a few things but assembled as instructed. In the future, though I think I’ll divide the cream cheese and layer apples in between. As is, it gets a couple of bites that are apples with a whole lotta cream cheese. Which is fine, but it’s a bit more like an apple cheesecake bite rather than pie.
I made two. One to give, and one to enjoy.
Those are the things you do when your husband is away working on Thanksgiving Day. You enjoy an entire pie all to yourself. And maaaaybe you save a slice for him, too. Maybe.
Here’s the package I dropped off for the kids. Nothing like a photo taken on the seat of your car.
I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!
I’ve been busy decorating our house for Christmas all week for our first holiday party of the season this weekend and I’m pooped.
But, I’ll have lots to share with you in the next few days.
Christmas is my absolute favorite!