I figured since today is Christmas, I would take a break from my traditional rantings and ravings and give you a favorite recipe of mine that is very easy and absolutely delicious. It is Upside-Down Apple Pie. Here’s what you need:
2-9 inch pie shells (I cheat and use Pillsbury but if anyone has a great pie crust recipe I’d be glad to try it!), 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 cup pecan halves, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 4 or 5 large apples (peeled, cored and sliced), 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, a pinch of salt.
Pre-heat the over to 4oo degrees.
Place the apples in a large bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice.
In a small bowl combine the flour, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well. Toss the mixture over the apples, coating them thoroughly.
Spread the butter as evenly as you can on the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Press the pecans, rounded sound down into the butter layer. Pat the brown sugar evenly over the nuts and then place one of the pie shells over the brown sugar, pecan layer.
Spread the apple mixture in the pie plate. Cover with the second pastry shell. Crimp edges of the pastry and make steam vents in the top.
Bake for 50 minutes. Let it cool for about one minute, then gently slide a knife around the pie plate between the plate and shell. Place a serving plate over the pie pan and invert the pie. My original recipe says five minutes of cooling, but sometimes the pie stuck so I started flipping it quickly.
It should look like this and get you compliments galore! Happy eating!!