Saturday, October 25, 2008

Who Wants Pie??

Across the Thames River

Anyone tired of looking at foliage yet? No? Good, neither am I! I took this picture on Monday while out running some errands and even though this post is about pie I figured it couldn't hurt to also throw in a lovely New England landscape just for good measure! This is the Montville side of the Thames River; I took it from Stoddard's Wharf on the Ledyard side of the river. Very pretty, isn't it?

So, as I mentioned, I was out running some errands one of which was a trip to the grocery store so that I could pick up a few of the ingredients I needed to try out a new recipe that I had come across for a Struesel-Topped Apple Custard Pie that sounded quite tasty. As you may have guessed from previous posts, I love a good apple pie and think I make a halfway decent one but occasionally I like to try something with a bit of a twist.

I found this recipe while looking for a pumpkin cheesecake recipe (which I might be trying out today if I get inspired) and it's not only easy but it's quite tasty, too! The hardest part was peeling, coring, and slicing all of the apples but if you've got one of those fancy-dancy gadgets that they make that almost does that for you then you're home free. If not, then you'll have to do what I did and do it the old-fashioned way! Other than that, the recipe is easy-peasy!

Struesel-Topped Apple Custard Pie
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
about 4 cups of all-purpose apples, pared and sliced
2 eggs
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange apples in prepared pie crust. In medium mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add sweetened condensed milk, melted margarine, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well. Pour over apples.
In medium mixing bowl, combine sugar and flourl cute in margarine or butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle over pie.
Place in bottom third of the oven; bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Refrigerate leftovers.
I didn't have any nuts in the house (other than myself and Amanda) so left that part out of the recipe but it didn't seem to affect it at all. Also, I used a lot more apples than four cups but that's because I used a 10-inch deep dish pie plate. Using the actual size called for may affect the custard a bit but I'm not positive.

Not having ever made this particular recipe before I wasn't too sure how it had eventually come out even though it smelled and looked good so I took the pie into work with me on Wednesday and used my co-workers as taste-testers. The verdict was that it was quite tasty and that I was free to "experiment" on them anytime so I'm going to chalk the recipe up as a success and may very well try it again sometime - perhaps using nuts and the 'right' size pie dish!

Of course being the good Mom that I am and not wanting to leave Amanda with no dessert of her own, I used some of the extra apples I had and made her an apple crisp using a slightly different recipe than I normally use but it seemed to come out quite good, too.

She must have liked it as I found the very empty dish in the sink this morning and never heard a single complaint! Either that or it was horrible and she didn't want to hurt my feelings!

Let me know if you try this recipe out, I'd like to hear how other people liked it. In the meantime, I'm going to look at some more pretty foliage. Have a great Saturday wherever you may be!

Bright Yellow Leaves


  1. Not tired of fall foliage at all. I love it and I've been a bit obsessed this year, thanks to blogging.

    Now if I take a picture I like, I can share it with blog friends.

    As for pie, count me in! Looks great.

  2. P.S. Thanks for commenting on myr blog from work ~ we never get any comments!

  3. Anonymous7:49 AM EDT

    Mom has 2 words.... mmmm, pie!

    That last foliage picture is amazing!

  4. your pie looks wonderful. i used to bake so many pies, honestly i could make the most delicious tender flaky piecrust you ever wrapped your lips around. now? i don't bake much and when you stop a while you lose your touch. really. now i can still bake a good pie, but not like i used to! man, i want some! ha ha

    smiles, bee

  5. Well you are Duchess Upon the Thames.....

  6. Nothing like a foliage pie! Good on the eyes and tummy.

  7. No one should ever be tired of foliage.

  8. I want pie, I love your fall photos

  9. The leaves are only just beginning to turn here although we're due for 84 degrees today!

    That does seem like an unusual recipe. I always get muddled between evaporated and condensed milk. There must be some easy way to remember the difference between the two but as yet I haven't managed to figure it out. I keep both [by default or by accident] and I know that I use the condensed for caramel fillings /sauces.

    How thoughtful of you to make version two. How I love empty plates and bowls, especially if they end up in the sink rather in some random place all over the house where they grow fur until they're discovered!

  10. I love trying out new recipes and that one sounds delicious!

  11. How could anyone possibly tire of great pictures of the trees in autumn? And that recipe looks mighty good too! May have to break down and do some pie baking.

  12. I always love your photography. You've got talent. Thanks for the receipe, but I can't cook. Could you just bring me a piece? Happy Saturday!

  13. I hope you have some leftovers, because I'm coming right over :o)

  14. Oh yeah-I'd like some of that!!!

  15. We might try some holiday baking this year. We'll have to see how things go with timing.

    Of course you know that I'm a CAKE guy, but I'll do pie too.


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