Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Love Your Neighbor Pie

I'm a big fan of Jesus. Seriously. He had some really smart things to say on top of being the miraculous Son of God and the Savior of the world. One of my personal favorites is found in Mark 12: 28-34. Here Jesus was asked out of all the commandments that the Jewish people were given by God, which was the most important (and there are A LOT of commandments). Jesus couldn't have put it any better. Basically He says (and I paraphrase): Love God and love your neighbor.

How much better could our world be if we just listened to Jesus and simply loved God and loved our neighbors?

Quite frankly, our neighbors need a lot of loving right now. The economy sucks. People are being laid off, losing their homes, and are stressed out about how they are going to feed their families. Right now I am praying for 2 families with seriously ill children, and another that lost their child to SIDS last weekend. Our neighbors need a lot of loving.
So I invented this Love Your Neighbor pie. I encourage you to make one for your family and to make one for your neighbor. Nothing says LOVE like PIE!

Ingredients:

1 jar of Apple Pie in a Jar OR about 4 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples tossed in sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
3 Tbls butter-softened
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (or to taste)
about 1/2 container of caramel apple dip (around half a cup)--I used T. Marzetti Fat Free Caramel Apple Dip

Directions:

2. Combine brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until crumbly.
3. Put the apple dip in a microwavable safe dish. Microwave about 40 seconds to warm it up. It spreads easier when it's warm.

4. Smear half of the dip on the Easy Peasy Pie Crust.

5. Dump the Apple Pie in a Jar on top of the dip. (if you are using fresh apples instead, combine about 1/2 cup sugar, some cinnamon, and some nutmeg in a separate dish. Pour onto apples and toss to coat. Now put the apples on top of the dip).
6. Smear the remaining apple dip on top of the apples.
7. Sprinkle the brown sugar oat crumbles over the top.
8. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes (If you used the fresh apples, you may have to bake it a little longer). Caramel will likely bubble through the top (I put a cookie sheet on the rack under the pie in the oven just in case some caramel goodness boils over). Your house will smell so amazing you will want to bake this pie for your neighbors every day.
The Verdict:
Jim and I could not wait to eat this pie. We wanted to eat it right out of the oven, but decided to wait until the caramel stopped bubbling, so we would not burn our mouths. It was still warm when we did cut into it (we simply could not wait a minute longer) and the pieces of pie ended up looking more like apple crisp than pie. It was absolutely delicious (even if it wasn't pretty)! Warm apple pie is the best!
The next morning we cut a piece to save for our biggest little critic. Once completely cooled the pie stayed together really well (if you can stand to wait that long--just try!). We took the rest of the pie to work to share with our co-workers. Two people stopped by my desk to tell me this was the best apple pie they had EVER had (awww, shucks!). Another wanted the recipe (I sent her the link to our blog). Another made me promise I would bring in the whole pie next time.
Love your neighbors. Make this pie. And save a piece for yourself! :-)

2 comments:

  1. This pie does look pretty amazing...i will definitely be trying it soon!

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  2. I made this pie today, and I used fresh apples instead of apple pie in a jar. I used 4 large granny smith apples, peeled and cored, tossed in the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It turned out great! And, the great thing about using fresh apples in apple pie is that no thickening agent is required! I will definitely have to make this one again...mmmmm.

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