I belong to several volunteer service groups, and this dessert has been a real time-saver when there's a large crowd to be fed. It serves more than an ordinary pie with about the same amount of effort.
-Bertha Jeffries, Great Falls, Montana
Meet the Cook: Pies are the dessert I like best to prepare. This one's the favorite for family get-togethers, and it has been awarded blue ribbons at a couple of local fairs.
My husband's a cattleman. We're the parents of six and grandparents of nine.
-Theresa Brazil, Petaluma, California
You'll find this pie's very convenient for taking to a covered-dish supper, picnic, etc. But be prepared—people always ask for a copy of the recipe!
Attending auction sales together is a fun hobby for my husband and me.
I live in a big apple-producing state, so I think this recipe represents our region well. I tasted this pie many years ago when my children's babysitter made it. I asked for the recipe and have made it many times since.
"We have four very productive apple trees in our backyard, so I make a lot of recipes that call for apples. Even then, we'll often end up giving bushels of them away. This apple dessert is one of my family's favorites. If you're serving a larger group, I've found that it goes a little further when cut into squares rather than slices like a traditional apple pie."
I've baked many apple pies in the last 40 years. But when I entered this apple pie at the 1987 Kansas State Fair, it won first prize! The prize was especially meaningful, because the contest was sponsored by the Kansas Mother's Assn., and of the 31 pies entered, mine was the one that was presented to the Kansas Mother of the Year.
In charge of dessert for a fund-raising dinner at our church, I experimented and came up with this scrumptious pie made in a jelly roll pan. It fed a group and got rave reviews. With flavorful apples and maple syrup, it gives a true taste of the Northeast.
-Alma Lynne Gravel, Trappe, Pennsylvania
When it's apple season, I reach for this recipe from The Apple Fare restaurant in Grass Valley. Owner Joyce Rollings says homemade pies are paramount at this family eatery.—The Apple Fare Restaurant, Grass Valley, California