Monday, December 26, 2011

Green Apple Pie with Whiskey Maple Cream

At 3:20 p.m. on Christmas Eve, my husband and I pulled in to the local grocery store to shop for our holiday dinner. Of course, I was totally oblivious to the fact that all of the the grocery stores were closing up at 4:00 p.m. Luckily, I had a partial list of what I needed with me, so I quickly went through the store, tossing things into the basket. I was pretty confident that I had it all under control. Then, as we neared the checkout, the hubby looks at me and asks "What kind of pie are you making?". EEK. Can you believe that I had totally forgotten about dessert? How unlike me. We quickly decided on an apple pie, but since I swore that I wasn't going to take on too much, I threw a package of Pillsbury pie crust in the cart along with some apples.

Generally, I use several different varieties of apple when I make a pie. This time, mainly because I wrongly assumed I still had some Honeycrisps at home, I only used two: Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. So, now I was making a Green Apple Pie. This is important, since I have to differentiate between this pie and the one I posted last month.....

.....ok, so last month I actually made a Apple-Praline Pie, but it seems that the husband doesn't like the fancy stuff on top of his pie. Silly man. I did have to spruce up my store-bought crust just a bit, though.... I spread a little melted butter and some ground walnuts mixed with cinnamon sugar over the top of the pie before it went into the oven.

Now, while the pie was baking, I was perusing the Internet and ran across a recipe on The Pioneer Woman's site for Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce. Say what? "Drop what you are doing and make this right now!" she says. Or at least that's what I heard when I saw the picture. I had to make it. But I didn't have enough cream. The PDQ had cream, though. So the husband pulled a jacket over his sweats and bought some cream for me. Yay!

Can you tell I'm experimenting with my picture editing feature on Picasa? Which style do you prefer? I suppose I shouldn't mix the different styles on the same post......

Now, to be completely honest, the homemade crust is better. You know what, though? It didn't matter one bit, because thanks to The Pioneer Woman, the Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce made it all taste wonderful. Oh, and just in case you need another apple pie recipe, you can find it here:

(if you really want the Green Apple Pie, just swap out the apples, use a Pillsbury crust, and sprinkle some ground walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon on top--just be sure to top it with Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce)

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  1. Dessert is the one thing on the menu I never forget! I was the same way whipping through the store Christmas Eve trying to decide what to make for Christmas dinner though!

  2. Oh, boy, do I love apple pie...and yours is a winner, Cathy!

  3. Wow! This sounds amazing! I love apple pie, and tart green apples make it delicious plus the whisky and maple?!? You are making me so hungry!

  4. (Ok, I'll try this again, lol. I appear to be having typing/coordination problems lately.)

    Carl wouldn't like anything 'fancy' on his apple pie either, not that I ever made him one. He hopes by my reading your blog I may learn something, and I have been. So many delicious recipes...and the sauce sounds like a definite winner, too.

    I love how your husband will go out and gather supplies for you; that's something Carl would do, too, especially if it meant he was going to get a yummy pie as a reward.

  5. I love apple pie but I haven´t made it that often here in Norway. I tried once, made a lovely apple pie complete with cinnamon ice cream...the family I made it for (my inlaws) turned their noses up at it...and I just haven´t been inspired to try it again since...horrible eh? But this scrumptious recipe might have been just what the doctor ordered to get me back in the apple pie saddle again....thanks for sharing ;-)

  6. Wow, this is one fabulous looking pie! So glad to have found your blog...

  7. My hubby loves apple pie and whisky, so I think this would be a great hit!

    In terms of the pictures I like the ones with the simple thin black (and possibly white?) borders. While the Polaroid ones are cute I think they take emphasis away from your great pictures :)

  8. Congratulations once again. Great recipe. Foodbuzz has been recognizing your great talent lately.

  9. Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments. You really should try that Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce. I was putting it on was even good in my coffee.

  10. I don't know how I didn't see this apple pie sooner. It looks sooo good especially with the sauce!

  11. Funny how it was hubby that saved the day- twice!