When you want to serve something different for dessert, turn to my unique treat. The cheesecake-like pie features slices of tart apples and a delectable caramelized topping.—Lisa Dilworth, Grand Rapids, Michigan
When the weather starts getting a little cooler and the leaves start falling, what better way to welcome in fall than with a homemade apple pie? This version, from Karen Gavureau of Clearwater, Florida, calls for apples, pears and raisins flavored with rum extract. "This pie is a sure way to a man's heart," attests Karen.
The South is known for apple pies, but this one is not your typical apple pie! The filling includes red-hot candies, and instead of a regular double crust, you simply crumble a frozen pastry shell and sprinkle it over the top. You can peel the apples if you wish or leave them unpeeled.
For my mother's 70th birthday and Mother's Day, I made two of these strawberry pies instead of a cake. Since it was mid-May in Texas, the berries were absolutely perfect. It was a memorable occasion for the whole family.
—Sue Jurack, Mequon, Wisconsin
This is one of my favorite pies to make in the fall. The spiced
filling pairs perfectly with the buttery, flaky crust. I always make two of these luscious pies—one is never enough. —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon
“A rich, maple cream filling topped with cinnamony apples and a crunchy streusel topping” is how field editor Sue Smith of Norwalk, Connecticut describes her heavenly holiday pie. “I’ve also layered the maple cream and streusel from this recipe in parfait glasses for a quick, elegant dessert.” —Sue A. Smith, Norwark, Connecticut