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Friday, May 27, 2011

Brown Bag Apple Pie...

This recipe came from my MIL.  Every one who has had it raves about it.  I have had the recipe in my recipe box for a while, but hadn't gotten around to making it until about a month ago.  I think I was a bit scared of the recipe.  Something about putting an apple pie in a brown bag then putting the brown bag into a hot oven just didn't seem right to me.
Finally one afternoon I did it!  Yes, I did text my MIL a few times for some reassurance that my house wasn't going to burn down.  She has been baking this pie for 25+ years and has never burnt her house down.  My last text message to her said "You really bake this at 425 degrees?"
Her reply, "Yes."
"Man that seems awfully hot when you consider that you are putting a brown bag in there, " I thought to myself.

But, I closed my eyes and just did it...and burnt my hand too because my eyes were closed.

Just kidding on that last part. 

I kept my eyes open the whole time.

If this baby was going up in flames, I wanted to see it!

Cut up the apples...
 Combine sugar, flour, and nutmeg and sprinkle over apples...
 Prepare your pie crust...
 (don't laugh at my crust forming ability)  I prefer PW's Perfect Pie Crust and I always make several at a time and freeze them so I always have one on hand.  But, you can use any crust recipe your heart chooses.

Spoon apples into shell...
 Drizzle with lemon juice...
 Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over apples.
(I forgot to take a picture of this step)  I was probably starting to sweat because of the next step.

Slide the pie into a brown paper bag. 
Fold open end over twice and secure with paper clips or staples.

Place on cookie sheet on lower oven rack.
 Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour.
And say a prayer every 5 minutes.

The result is utter deliciousness...
Serve with ice cream and enjoy!!

Brown Bag Apple Pie

3-4 lg. baking apples ( I usually use Granny Smith)
1/2 C sugar
2 T flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 T lemon juice

Peel, quarter, and cut up apples into chunks.  About 7 cups. 
Combine sugar, flour, and nutmeg.  Sprinkle over apples and stir to coat.
Spoon apples into shell.
Drizzle with lemon juice.


1/2 C sugar
1/2 C to 3/4 C flour
1/2 C. margarine (softened NOT melted)

Combine above ingredients and sprinkle over apples. 
Slide into heavy brown paper bag large enough to cover pie loosely.
Fold open end twice and fasten with paperclip or staples.
Place on cookie sheet on lower oven rack.
Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour.


*My house did not burn down while making this delicious dessert, however I recommend watching it very closely.  I am not responsible for accidents.

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  1. I never thought of making pie crusts ahead and freezing them, and I freeze everything! This recipe falls into the "I'm terrified to bake" category, but I think it just may rank higher on the "shocked my boys to bits!" category, just may have to give it a try!
    And Thank You for solving tonight's dinner dilema!!! Porcupine Meatballs it is!! :)

  2. I would be sweating too, but then we are talking about the girl who is still afraid to use the self-cleaning setting on her gas over. Guess I will have to be brave the next time I need a pie, and give this a try. GREAT POST!

  3. Wow.. I would have never guessed that you really cooked it in a brown bag... huh.. might have to try this!! But, I will have to find a grocery store that will give me a paper bag instead of a plastic one!! It was great meeting you the other day!!

  4. so glad no fires...looks really yummy...

  5. I would have been nervous too! and I really like PW's pie crust. It's the only one that I've ever been able to do without it falling apart.

  6. Oh wow, I've never heard of doing it this way! Very neat. I may just have to try this as I've definitely been craving fruit pies during this pregnancy :)

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