Even with pie a la mode!






Hey ya’ll!!! Lately me and my sis Les have been watching a lot of old movies…most of them being the ones that made a significant impact on our early years. A couple of weeks ago we watched My Girl…a classic. I remember that Les and I wanted to be Vada Sultenfuss, the “all-American girl”, with her blue jean shorts, paisley white cropped blouse, and her signature mood ring. I can even remember going straight to the dollar store to purchase my mood ring after watching the movie for the first time. Anyways…my favorite part of the movie is when Vada is reading the poem she wrote aloud to her poetry class, and to her hunk of a teacher, Mr. Bixler. She gets to the last verse where she is talking about ice cream, and she says “even with pie a la mode.” Every time I hear this verse I think of pie, apple pie in particular, mainly because I love mine with ice cream. So…today I made an “all-American” dessert to go with that “all-American” girl. The pie isn’t your normal apple pie…you know I had to branch out from the usual. Here is my Apple Coconut Custard Pie. I hope ya’ll enjoy (by the way the crust is my favorite part)!

Ingredients:

For the crust:
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. finely chopped pecans
1 stick butter, I used 8 Tbs. of Bummel and Brown butter with yogurt (it’s all I had on hand and it has a really creamy texture)

For the filling:
1 can of apple pie filling (I used Lucky Leaf brand)
2 Tbs. cinnamon
2 Tbs. sugar

For the custard:
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. hot milk (I put it on the stove, but I’m sure it would work fine in the microwave)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9-inch pie pan or a spring form pan with cooking spray (I used a spring form, but next time I will use a pie pan).
2. Using a stand mixer, beat the flour, butter, and pecans together until fully incorporated to form a crumbly mixture.
3. Press the crust into the pie pan, working up the sides of the pan if using a pie pan.
4. Pour the can of apple pie mix over the crust.
5. Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over the apple pie mix.
6. Sprinkle sugar evenly over the cinnamon/apple pie mix.
7. For the custard, beat the eggs in a bowl with a whisk.
8. Heat the milk and pour into the eggs, whisking very fast.
9. Pour the custard over the pie.
10. Place the pie in the oven and bake for 40 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.

Now, enjoy with your favorite ice cream…I recommend Blue Bell homemade vanilla…it’s always a winner!

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