"When I was growing up, we'd eat these wonderful fried pies faster than Mom could make them," recalls Sharon Garrison of Bella Vista, Arkansas. "The recipe has been handed down for generations in my family."
Not only is this pie delicious—it's one even dieters can enjoy without worry.
I seldom bake my cheese pie the same way twice. Often, I substitute wheat germ or granola for the coconut flakes...and the naturally fruity main ingredients fluctuate with whatever's hanging heavy on backyard branches!
This pie is one I frequently make for bake sales at our church. I can hardly ever set it down on the sale table without someone picking it right up and saying, "Mark this one sold!" —Cindy Zarnstorff, Anchorage, Alaska
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.
There aren't many recipes using fresh pears. I heard this recipe on the radio while I was driving the tractor in the field. I kept repeating the ingredients over and over until it was time to go in the house for lunch, then I wrote the recipe down on paper. We've enjoyed it every summer since.
I was raised on a small farm, the youngest of eight children and the only girl. My mom taught me how to make all kinds of pies from scratch, and this is one of my favorites. Caramels and apples are a delicious combination.