This recipe comes to me by way of my good friend Jacquie, who gets a little geeked out by awesome food. She gave me the recipe two years ago, and I thought it sounded interesting, but being more of a cream pie girl, I put it in line behind 12 other pies in my mental list. I ran into her at the grocery a year later right before Thanksgiving and we of course got into a conversation about food, and she asked if I had tried the pie in a bag yet. Her compliments about this particular pie were so , that I turned my cart right around and gathered all I needed to make the pie straightaway! Including the big grocers brown paper bag! **update: read comments below**
Turns out Jacquie really knows her delicious pies! This apple pie was fabulous! I don’t know if it’s the steamy environment created by the bag, or all the butter in each slice, but I love this pie! It has a crumble-style top, so only one crust needed, which you should get from the pie crust tutorial.
Mix the filling ingredients (minus the apples) together in a large bowl. Toss the apples into the mixture and coat well. Pour into your prepared pie crust.
For the topping:
Mix the flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss into the bowl.
With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour/sugar mixture until it looks crumbly and mixed together like this:
Sprinkle topping over pie filling. I like to see some of the apples sticking out.
Place the pie into a large grocery-sized brown paper bag. Try to give the pie as much room as you can, not letting the sides touch the bag if you can help it.
Fold the top of the bag over a couple of times and staple it shut.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 1 hour and 55 minutes. Make sure the bag isn’t touching a heating element!! Whatever you do, DON“T PEEK!! You can’t see what’s going on anyway, you just have to trust me.
After it’s done baking, carefully remove the pie-in-a-bag and tear open the wrapper. You’ll squee when you get a look at the yumminess you just created! Serve it with lightly sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.