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Quick Apple Cream Pie

 Quick Apple Cream Pie
Arranging Apple slices in a pretty design gives this pie the appearance of a fancy tart. Its rich custard-like filling has an elegant flavor but is easy to prepare. The recipe was passed down by my grandmother, whose love of cooking I've inherited.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups cold milk, divided
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves or strawberry jelly, melted

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute apples, sugar and lemon juice in butter
  • until apples are tender. Cool.
  • In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth; gradually beat in 1
  • cup milk, dry pudding mix and lemon peel. Add remaining milk; beat
  • until thickened. Spread into pastry shell. Arrange apples over
  • filling. Brush with preserves. Refrigerate for 1 hour before
  • serving. Brush with additional preserves if desired. Yield: 6-8
  • servings.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.