Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cream Cheese Apple Pie

Yes, another twist on a holiday favorite. Taking that standard apple pie and giving it a kick in the pants with some added flavors and a higher level of decadence.

1 9-inch Pie Crust (Frozen or Homemade)
3/4 Cup of Shredded Fuji Apples
3/4 Cup of Shredded Granny Smith Apples
3/4 Cup of Shredded Pink Lady Apples
3/4 Cup of diced fresh Strawberries
1/2 Cup of Cream Cheese
2 TBSP of Butter
1 TBSP Packed Brown Sugar
1 TBSP Cinnamon
1 TSP Nutmeg
1 TSP Allspice
1/2 TSP of Pure Clover Honey

Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees.

1: Melt butter and combine cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and strawberries, mixing together with the butter until everything is blended into a thick cream, but try to keep this warm to prevent the butter or cheese from solidifying.

2: Combine the apples and honey in a large mixing bowl, stirring together as you add the heated cream from step one. Once the apples and cream mixture are fully blended, carefully scoop into a waiting 9-inch pie crust.

3: Either place into the oven as it is now, or place a layer of crust over the top (make sure to stab holes into the top to allow for venting). Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown, and interior is hot. Carefully watch this pie periodically as to avoid under or over cooking it. Additional time may be needed.

4: Remove the hot pie from the oven and place in a cool location to chill, before transferring it to a fridge to get cold, usually 6 hours or overnight. Serve chilled with a scoop of strawberry ice cream and some caramel sundae syrup. Enjoy.

This is a recipe involving cream cheese, which can be rather tricky to melt and work with. I would not suggest trying to melt the butter and cheese together in a microwave, as this just results in a horrible mess, and you will want to watch it carefully anyway. So take this recipe, try it with different fruits, or even add a few chopped walnuts for a little crunch in the texture. Try this dish next time you are wanting something other than the classic apple pie, it is sure to please even those who swear by grandma's traditional apple pie recipe.

~Bon Appetite~

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