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Bird's Nest Pie Recipe
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Bird's Nest Pie Recipe

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When we were kids, our favorite dessert at Grandma's house was Bird's Nest Pie. Maybe we were fascinated by the name of the treat, but that can't be the only reason we liked it—there were never any leftovers! This family recipe was handed down from my great-grandmother.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 to 5 medium apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 197 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Divide apples evenly between two greased 9-in. pie plates; set aside. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, buttermilk and egg; mix well. Divide batter and pour over apples. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until pies are lightly browned and test done. Invert onto serving plates (so apples are on the top). Combine all topping ingredients; sprinkle over apples. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Bird's Nest Pie in Reminisce March/April 1993, p49

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"My mom used to make this. She always put the cinnamon and sugar in the batter, then put a little extra on top. Makes it taste much better."

Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"This was just bad. Everything about it, texture, flavor; no one liked it."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"Just an OK dessert. I a little too bready. Not awful but definitly not a memory maker."

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