The Country Cook: No-Bake Apple Pie
                                                   

Monday, May 13, 2013

No-Bake Apple Pie

Now, I know you are reading the title of this recipe and thinking, "No way! There is no such thing as a no-bake apple pie. And if there is such a thing, how can it taste good?"  I know, I know.  But I am telling you, this pie is really good.
If you are craving apple pie in the summer, but don't want to turn on your oven, then this is your pie.  It is surprising how the flavors really come together and you never have to turn on your oven. Or maybe baking isn't really your thing. Maybe you think there is too much involved in making an apple pie totally from scratch, then this is your pie! The other bonus? Hardly any dishes are dirtied making this.  And I love that.  So this goes at the top of my weeknight dessert list for sure! This dessert recipe was adapted (with some changes) from Gooseberry Patch's latest cookbook, Game-Day Fan FareRecipe submitted by Deanna P.L. of NC.
Ingredients:
5 apples (about 3 pounds), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 3/4 cup water, divided use
1 (3 oz.) lemon Jell-O
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 (3 0z.) package Cook & Serve vanilla pudding
1 (10-inch) graham cracker crust
crushed cinnamon graham crackers, for topping
Note: You want to look for the Graham Cracker Crust that says "2 extra servings." This will be a 10-inch crust

Directions:
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine apples, 1 1/2 cups water, dry lemon Jell-O mix, cinnamon and nutmeg.
 Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
Simmer for about 4 to 6 minutes, until apples are tender. Stir in dry pudding mix and add remaining 1/4 cup water.
Cook and stir for about 2 minutes, or until mixture is thickened (like syrup.) Remove from heat. Spoon filling into crust.
Allow to cool on countertop. Then cover and refrigerate overnight.
Letting it set is really important. It will thicken and set as it cools in the fridge so it's important you give it time to completely cool. Then prepare the topping. Take about 4-5 graham cracker squares and place in a Ziploc bag.
Crush the crackers using a rolling pin or some other heavy object. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers over cooled pie.
Slice and serve.
Note: If you prefer your pie warm, you can always put your slices of pie (on a microwave-safe plate) and heat for a few seconds until warmed through. And serve with a good dollop of ice cream!

21 comments :

  1. I love apple pie, but I find it difficult to get the apples soft without burning the crust. Looks like this is a better option. However, I would like to use a pre-baked pie crust instead of the graham cracker crust. Any suggestions on how I might do that? I agree that a dollop of vanilla ice cream along side a slice of this is a must.

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    1. Hi Bitsy! That would be very easy to do. You could buy a regular frozen pie crust. On the back of the pie crust, there will be directions on how to prebake the crust for no-bake fillings. Just follow those directions. Normally, it will say to use a fork to poke some holes in the crust, then pop in the oven to bake for about 15-20 minutes. Take it out and then fill with this filling. Hope that helps! I think you are just going to LOVE this filling!

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    2. To keep your crust from burning, cover it with strips of aluminum foil while baking. When it's done, just pull the foil off and you'll have perfect crusts.

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  2. You already had my attention at "apple pie" but now you really have my attention at "no bake". Going to give this a try once I pick up some apples. I am in love with the smell of apple pie... mmmm!

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    1. Thank you so much Pamela! Be sure to let me know what you think if you try it!

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    2. I cheated and went the total lazy way out, I used canned apple pie filling, also made one with peach filling. great for a quik weekend get together and there is almost no mess, I am so ready for the summer potlucks !!

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  3. Hi Brandie,
    I just have to say I love your blog. I've made a few dishes from your posts and so far everything has been easy and delicious. Thank you for all the good recipes. I am excited about this one!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I hope this one will be another winner for you! :)

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  4. This Pie looks delicious! =)
    Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you Melissa! I appreciate you taking the time to comment :)

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  5. Love your site. Have made some of your poke cakes Big hit. can't wait to try this. I think I'll put like a dutch apple crumb topping on mine

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    1. Thank you so very much!! That is so sweet and makes my day to hear!

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  6. I'm with the rest of the gals who are saying I LOVE YOUR BLOG! This is such an interesting recipe...and I'm sure it's wonderful, or you certainly wouldn't be sharing it. What a concept! I'm pinning this one and will be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Marsha, thank you so much (hugs). It really is surprisingly good! Hope you love it if you try it!

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  7. is there a substitute for the lemon jello that I could use? we aren't a lemon flavor family.

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    1. Anonymous, you don't taste the lemon in this. :)

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  8. Hi Brandie, I love the idea behind this recipe, but, being a diabetic, the jello and pudding worry me. Do you think I could use the sugar-free version of both?

    Thanks, Linda

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    1. Linda, you should be able to substitute with sugar-free. I haven't tried it but I would love to know how it turns our for you if you give it a try!

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  9. Where's the whipped cream? :) This looks fabulous and I think my children would love this over a baked pie. Thanks again for an awesome recipe!!!

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  10. i made this and it was del, thank u 4 sharing

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  11. Made this an even picky son ate every drop

    sure be a good take along to make

    only thing is i plan to use a few more than 5 apples maybe should have weighed but did not

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