My parents recently brought back some food goodies from their Tennessee vacation, including some big, beautiful apples. I’m usually not a huge fan of fruity desserts, but I really wanted to try these apples in a pie. I didn’t want a typical double-crust pie though and after a lot of searching, I settled on an apple custard pie. My husband’s favorite dessert is flan so anything custard-y is usually a winner around here.

 

This pie was easy, easy, easy. I had a storebought crust in the fridge that needed to be used and I have to say I’m super impressed with Pillsbury. I love a good crunchy crust and it was perfect. The only element that took any real time was cooking the apples but that just involved stirring them every few minutes.

The pie just tastes like fall. I tend to think of custard pies as warm weather food (probably because we usually have one on my dad’s birthday in April) but the cinnamon in this recipe totally changed that. Well that and the streusel, streusel makes everything feel like fall! It was delicious right out of the oven AND cold.

 

Apple Custard Pie
adapted from Cooking Light
Ingredients
  • 1/2 15-ounce package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chilled butter cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apple about 1 large
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. To prepare crust, roll dough into a 14-inch circle; fit into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Fold edges under; flute. Place pie plate in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. To prepare streusel, lightly spoon 1/3 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Place streusel in refrigerator.
  4. To prepare the filling, heat a large nonstrick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add sliced apple, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; cook 10 minutes or until the apple is tender, stirring mixture occasionally. Spoon the apple mixture into prepared crust.
  5. Combine remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, salt, and eggs, stirring with a whisk. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla. Pour over apple mixture. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300F (do not remove pie from oven); sprinkle streusel over pie. Bake at 300F for 40 minutes or until set. Let stand 1 hour before serving.
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Gah. I’m so behind. I made these over a month ago and I’m just now getting around to posting them. Someone tell me to get my butt in gear please. Thanks.

Waaaay back when I made these I had a bunch of apples on hand that weren’t getting eaten. I tend to buy apples because I know I should eat them but I just don’t like them so they usually go bad. My mom does the same thing with bananas so I guess I learned from her. So I went searching for apple recipes and found these little things.

They were so much better than I expected. Like I said, I’m not an apple fan but I did enjoy them. I will say that I don’t think the cream cheese frosting is really needed. It was good but it made them really sweet. So sweet that I actually ended up throwing the majority of them away. If I ever find myself with too many apples again, I’ll probably make the blondies but forget about the frosting.

Apple Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting.
Ingredients
For the Blondies:
  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup peeled chopped apples
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
For the Brown Sugar Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups icing confectioner’s sugar, sifted
Instructions
For the blondies:
  1. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking tin with baking parchment. Set oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture on low speed, mixing until blended. Stir in apples and nuts, mixing well. Spread evenly in the prepared tin and bake until set and golden, 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack.
For the Brown Sugar Frosting:
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring mixture just to a boil then remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm. Sift in the confectioner’s sugar, mixing until smooth. Spread evenly over bar. Let stand until frosting is firm enough to cut. Cut into bars or squares.
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