I posted a Dutch Apple Pie care package on Instagram and several people sent me messages wanting the recipe for the pie I featured.
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 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 Dutch Apple Pie will do that for you.
- 1 pre-packaged pie crust (or homemade)
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 apples, peeled, thinly sliced (I use a combination of Gala and Figi)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Add the pie crust to a 9-inch pie plate. If using pre-packaged, you’ll use only one crust of a 2 crust package. Prick the bottom and set aside.
- Beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sugar with mixer until blended. Add egg and vanilla. Spread onto the bottom of the crust.
- Mix the remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss in the apples, making sure to evenly coat with the sugar mixture. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Mix the remaining 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.
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 get a couple of bites that are apples with a whole lotta cream cheese. Which is fine, but it’s 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. Ha!
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!