It's been a grand year for apples, which is a nice change after 2010, which was very disappointing due to a spring freeze. This year, the apples are bountiful, and even better than usual. Here's a different kind of apple pie recipe, which recently took the top prize in a Missouri fall apple contest.
I used Wolf River apples for this recipe. Each apple weighed at least 3/4 lb, and some a whole pound! The recipe calls for 6 apples, but that's for the "normal" sized variety.
Apple Custard Cream Pie
Unbaked pastry shell for 9-inch single-crust pie
6 apples, peeled, sliced 1/5" thick, set aside.
3 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1-1/4 cups sugar (divided)
3 tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup warm milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel, slice apples, set aside.
In large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, 1 cup sugar and butter with eggs and vanilla. Add milk slowly, and stir well.
Place apples in the bowl with the egg/milk mixture, blend gently to coat.
Pour mixture into prepared pie crust, smooth top.
Sprinkle with mixture of 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.
Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake about 45 minutes until custard sets. Cover edges of crust with foil if it browns too much.
Let cool on rack until warm before serving.
Let cool almost completely before chilling.
Cover leftover pie tightly before refrigerating.
Betty Collins, of South County, Missouri, brought Apple Custard Cream Pie as the winner of dishes appealing to those who wish they could grow a tree with apple pies on it.
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like a Maine apple.
My awesome sister sends me a box of Cortlands and Macs this time every year and for the next 20 or so days it is the highlight of my day to have one.
Still feel like I moved from one paradise to another.
May even move back one day.
Agreed on the Maine apples, Paul. In return, I'm sure the fresh mangoes, lemons, and pineapples where you live are a small consolation.
Here's a photo showing a Wolf River apple, in comparison to a Mac. The Wolf River is like a Mac on steroids.