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"Different" Apple Pie Recipe

I'm looking for Apple Pie recipes that aren't necessarily traditional- maybe including pumpkin, chocolate, nuts, etc. Any hints? Thank you!

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  1. One of my Shaker cookbooks calls for a tsp of rose water as flavoring for a standard 6-apple 2 crust pie. Another has a custard pie using a cup of boiled cider, 4 eggs, 1/3 c sugar, 1/2 t salt, 1-1/2 c milk, 1 t vanilla in a 9" deep-dish crust. It gives a source for boiled cider, but no directions for DIY so you'd have to find out how much it is reduced.

    There are literally dozens of different apple pie recipes in THE APPLE KITCHEN COOKBOOK by Demetria Taylor. My paperback 1979 edition is from The International Apple INstitute, 6707 Old Dominion Drive, McLean VA 22101. Among them are Apple-Orange, Apple Honey Cream, and Apple-Date, among others.

    1. How about an Apple Pie Pizza? If you do a google search, you will find some recipes. Personally, I like my apple pies fairly traditional but I would think that chopped walnuts and maybe even dried cranberries or raisens might work.

      1. we frequently relace some or all of the sugar with fruit jams (I love fig) - you could probably use a pumpkin butter with good results too!

        1. My father's fave dessert: Apple Amber
          Add lemon zest to your filling and instead of a top do a merinque(sp?)

          It's awesome

          1. oh and I forgot - craisins, those dried cranberries

            1. What about sour cream apple pie:


              I have a lot of fresh picked apples and was looking for something different, too.

              1. Peanut Butter Apple Pie.

                Simply prepare your normal apple pie recipe, but then pour in some melted peanut butter into the apple mixture. Bake. Enjoy. Thank me later. :-)

                1. Substitute half the apples with pears.
                  Make it in a french tart style and, instead of traditional shortbread crust, make it with a spicy cheddar shortbread, such as you make cheese straws from.
                  Make it with chopped pecans, dried cranberries (or tart dried cherries) and orange zest added.

                  1. I don't have a recipe but I heard someone on a podcast talking about gingerbread apple pie that had a gingerbread crust. Thought I'd try that this year.

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                    1. re: Susan627

                      If you find the recipe please post

                    2. From my favorite pie cookbook, Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook from the 1970s:

                      Apple Molasses Pie
                      Apple Grapefruit Pie
                      Apple-Cheese Pie
                      Apple Pecan Pie
                      Harvest Apple Cranberry Pie
                      Apple-Apricot Pie
                      Blackberry Apple Pie
                      Swiss Apple Cherry Pie
                      Coconut Crunch Apple Pie
                      Apple Date Pie
                      Butterscotch Apple Pie
                      Streusel Apple-Mince Pie
                      Marlborough Pie (uses fresh applesauce instead of apples)

                      I'm willing to type a few recipes out...but not all of them.

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                      1. re: TrishUntrapped

                        I'd love to know the Coconut Crunch and Butterscotch if you wouldn't mind.

                        1. re: SaraASR

                          Coconut Crunch Pie
                          This is a 2-layer, 1 crust pie, crisp coconut tops the juicy, spiced apples

                          Pastry for 1-crust, 9 -inch pie
                          1 cup granulated sugar
                          1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
                          2 tablespoons flour
                          1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                          5 cups sliced, peeled apples
                          2 tablespoons unsalted butter
                          2 cups shredded coconut
                          1 egg, beaten
                          1/4 cup milk
                          1/2 teaspoon salt


                          1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
                          2. Place half the apples in pastry-lined 9 inch pie pan; sprinkle with half the sugar spice mixture. Repeat. Dot with butter.
                          3. Cut two layers of aluminum foil in circles just big enough to cover the filling only.
                          4. Bake, foil-covered in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
                          5. Combine coconut, egg, the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, milk and salt.
                          6. Remove pie from the oven and lift off the foil. Spread coconut mixture on top. Return to oven and bake 30 minutes longer.

                          1. re: SaraASR

                            I just looked at the recipe for Butterscotch Apple Pie...and it is bizarre!
                            I never made it before, nonetheless here 'tis:

                            Butterscotch Apple Pie

                            Pastry for 1-crust, 9 inch pie
                            5 cups peeled, sliced apples
                            1 (6 ounce) pkg. butterscotch morsels
                            1/4 cup sugar
                            1/4 cup flour
                            1 teaspoon salt
                            1/2 cup light cream


                            1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine apples and butterscotch morsels; put into pastry-lined 9 inch pie pan. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.
                            2. Combine sugar, flour and salt; then add cream. Drizzle over apples so that slices are coated.
                            3. Place pie in large paper bag; fasten bag securely. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 70 minutes.
                            4. Remove from bag at once and cool.

                            Okay, now this is what I would recommend... instead of a paper bag.... Reynolds makes oven bags, they are a clear-like plastic substance, most often used for roasts, chickens, or turkeys. I would use one of these bags with an air vent cut in it, in lieu of the paper bag.

                        2. I just made this a couple of days ago and everyone loved it. I know a lot of you will be mad, but I substituted cool whip for the whip cream. They asked for more. It is a carmel pecan apple pie with a cheesecake topping.

                          Candy Apple Pie

                          From MiMi Hodge, winner of Good Morning America’s “Pie of Emeril’s Eye” Contest, 2000


                          1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
                          3 tablespoons sugar
                          1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                          1/3 cup butter, melted
                          3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
                          1 cup chopped pecans
                          Apple Filling:

                          5 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, sliced very thin)
                          5 tablespoons butter
                          1/2 cup brown sugar
                          1/4 teaspoon salt
                          1 teaspoon cinnamon
                          Cream Cheese Topping:

                          8 oz. cream cheese
                          1 teaspoon vanilla
                          1 egg
                          1 tablespoon lemon juice
                          1/4 cup sugar

                          3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
                          2 tablespoons sugar
                          1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
                          1/4 cup chopped pecans
                          1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

                          2. In a medium bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Mix well and press into a 10-inch pie plate and up the sides. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until golden in color. Remove pie shell from oven and cool completely. Pour caramel into pie shell and sprinkle with 1 cup of chopped pecans. Refrigerate pie shell while making apple filling.

                          3. In a large (12-inch) skilet over medium heat, melt butter and add brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add apples and stir. Cook over medium to medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes until apples are softened and tender. Let cool for 10 minutes and pour into pie shell. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F.

                          4. In a medium bowl, using a hand-held mixer on low speed, combine cream cheese and sugar for about 1 minute until smooth. Add egg, lemon juice and vanilla and beat for 1 minute or until fully blended. Pour over apple filling in pie shell. Bake for 30 minutes until an inserted knife comes out clean. Remove pie from oven and let cool. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Let stand outside the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

                          5. Top with whipped cream, caramel and pecans, and swirl with a knife. Slice and serve.

                          1. there's an apple, pear and date pie recipe on foodtv.ca that seems interesting

                            1. Maple apple pie: add maple syrup to the apple mixture.

                              1. Epi has a wonderful recipe for apple-cranberry with a cornmeal-buttermilk crust. Absolutely wonderful. I cut down the sugar and spice in the filling a bit. The crust is superb.

                                1. Warm the apple pie, and serve with this hot cinnamon sauce. Very nice.

                                  1/2 cup sugar
                                  1 tablespoon cornstarch
                                  1/2 tsp (or to taste) cinnamon
                                  1 cup water
                                  1/4 cup butter
                                  1 teaspoon vanilla

                                  Mix dry ingredients in saucepan, add water and butter, bring to boil, let thicken slightly, remove from heat and add vanilla.
                                  You can substitute nutmeg for the cinnamon. I use the nutmeg variation for banana fritters.

                                  1. I posted this on another pie thread, but I also love messing around with apple pies. It is one of the few places I feel comfortable really adapting a baking recipe. Lemon and rosemary in an apple pie is very good, although perhaps not very "holiday-ish." Use a favorite recipe, up the lemon juice, add zest and chopped rosemary. Last year I devised a haroset-inspired apple pie that was very well-received. I added raisins, walnuts, honey, cinnamon and sweet wine to the mix. BTW, my grandmother always adds raisins and walnuts to apple pies. It is her standard method, which might explain why my family was so open-minded about my haroset apple pie last year.