Sunday, September 30, 2007

Grains of Gratitude - The Pie Edition

I'm grateful this week is over! Isn't that a terrible thing to say?!

It's so true. Last week sucked. I fully intend that this week will be better.

I'm making sure of this by baking a delicious dessert for this evening. It's the second time I've made it and if it is as good as last time, then we are in for a treat!

Brown Butter Creamy Apple Pie
Prep Time: 30 min ; Start to Finish: 3 hr 40 min
Makes: 8 servings Nutrition Information
A crumbly brown sugar streusel tops a classic apple pie made easy in a frozen pie crust.

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apples (5 medium)

1 Pillsbury® Pet-Ritz® frozen deep dish pie crust

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup firm butter

1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 . Heat oven to 400°F. Place cookie sheet in oven to heat. In 1-quart saucepan, cook 1/4 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and lightly browned. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
2 . In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar and the egg with wire whisk until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 tablespoons flour and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in cooled butter. Gently stir in apples. Pour into crust-lined pan.
3 . In medium bowl, stir together all streusel ingredients except butter. With pastry blender or fork, cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apples. Place pie on cookie sheet in oven.
4 . Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and cover edge of crust with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake 40 to 50 minutes longer or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cool 2 hours.
5 . In small bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add remaining topping ingredients; beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe or spoon onto pie.

I make my own pie crust, only because I like my pie crust. Tonight I'm not making the whipped cream, only because I forgot to buy cream. So we'll have vanilla ice cream with it. Yumm! I highly recommend.

I'm glad that there is a pie baking in my oven, it gave me something special to be thankful for!

Have a great week!


nikkis30by30 said...

I almost gave you a hard time about using a premade crust.... then I read on. LOL!!! I LOVE baking pies!!! I am glad you are topping your Sunday meal with a yummy treat.

Hope this week is better for all of us. It will be.... right?

Omaha Mama said...

It had better be!

Joyful Days said...

It wasn't my most "joyful" week either. I was glad to start fresh too.

That looks like a really awesome pie recipe! That would cheer me up.

Will lift you up in prayer for the coming week.



bubandpie said...

Oh, that looks heavenly. I love apple pie. But I always used Macs, even though they don't hold their shape, because I love the flavour. (Do you guys get McIntosh apples down there, or is that a Canadian thing?)

Have I complimented your bottom banner yet? Love.

Jenifer said...

Wow that does sound good and I am jealous of the lovely smell wafting about your house.

It is perfectly ok to say you are grateful for a week to be over...I can relate.

Beck said...

Just mail that to my house and I'll eat the whole thing myself. I've had a vile, irritating week to and NOW IT'S A FRESH CLEAN WEEK! And A FRESH CLEAN MONTH! We are both gonna be so HAPPY NOW!

Jacqniel said...

This pie looks good - even if it is a fruit pie! :-)

Magpie said...

Mmm - sounds delicious!

Michelle said...

It is perfectly fine to be grateful that a bad week is finally over! I posted that I was glad a week was over just a couple weeks ago! :)

That pie looks so, so, so yummy! I have to save this recipe and try making it one day soon!

Hope this week is better!