Is apple pie not one the greatest comfort foods? To me, the only thing that’s even better is the smell that wafts through the house as it bakes. I will never, ever be tired of the smell of warm fall spices that makes me feel cozy, safe, and so optimistic with the most wonderful time of the year just beginning. Today is the first day of fall, and we all deserve that smell!!
Bad news: making apple pie is a real chore.
On special occasions, it is certainly appropriate to make a pie dough and chill, roll, measure, shape, chill, and bake it– and that effort truly does pay off– but sometimes I’m all snug at home in my PJ’s on a Thursday night and I could go for a little apple pie.  I am not about to go to all that trouble for an impulse craving, and you better believe I’m not putting on grown-up clothes and making a trip to the store. This is when my Lazy Apple Pie recipe comes in handy! There’s no crust to deal with, no apples to peel, and the recipe can be done from start to finish in an hour or less.
This recipe is really sort of a cross between a cake and a pie. The flour and baking powder rise to the top to make a spiced, cakey layer, while the milk and eggs stay at the bottom and form a creamy custard. I highly recommend adding toasted nuts so there will be some crunch to this pie. If you’re not feeling especially lazy, a crispy crumble topping on this would be delicious  for a more Dutch-style apple pie.
If you don’t want to measure out the four spices, you can just use 2 tsp. of apple pie spice.

Lazy Apple Pie

Lazy Apple Pie

4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
½ c  brown sugar
2 eggs
⅓ c  All purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground allspice
1 tsp grated fresh ginger, optional
¾ tsp kosher salt
¾ c milk or almond milk
2 c (3 ¼ oz) dried chopped apples (unsweetened)
½ c chopped toasted almonds, walnuts, or pecans

Preheat the oven to 300°. If you prefer a browner top to your pie, as pictured in this post, raise heat to 325°.

 In a mixing bowl, stir together melted and cooled butter, brown sugar, and eggs. Next add flour, salt, baking powder, and spices, and stir just a few times until somewhat combined.
Add the milk and stir a few more times. Finally, add the chopped apples and stir to thoroughly combine. Pour batter into a greased 8″ or 9″ pie plate. Use a spatula to smooth out the top and make sure the apples are evenly distributed. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top before baking.
Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the middle of the pie no longer jiggles when moved. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes before serving.

This pairs very nicely with a glass of wine or warm tea, and the old Disney cartoon of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A nice big slice is only about 200 calories, so don’t feel guilty about embracing your lazy self. Enjoy a lovely fall night– at home!

Lazy apple pie 5

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