January 11, 2011

Apple Yogurt Granola Crumb Pie

Reinventing Apple Pie
~thanks to Ryan & Lee

There is a dessert I have made umpteen times in the last few months, mainly 'cause it is so good, it's so easy and because it is one my Grandmother often made. She called it Apple Crisp which as you know is nothing more that diced apples, a few raisins, chopped nuts and a little goody spice covered with a buttery nutty crumb topping. It's in the cookbook for those of you who have graciously ordered one. Quick to put together and quick to make, it disappears quickly too. I sometimes mix the apples with pears, even bits of satsuma and always add a splash of bourbon.

Then, a while back, my good friend Ryan posted a recipe for a delicious cranberry bar and it sounded so good, that ol' flickering light went off and I immediately thought of combining the two together for what I knew would be a whole nutter version of Grandmother's dessert. You can find Ryan's recipe for Cranberry Crisp Bars over on his blog, Cajun Chef Ryan.

And when I spoke on Sunday with my sister now residing in Tennessee, I ran by her my intent of recreating an apple pie. Busy as she was, with a pot of gumbo on the stove, beans soaking to make my Ham-Bone Soup and a container of chicken soup already in the fridge, she and I came up with this recipe. You see, she expected to be hid hard by a snowstorm and was getting her cooking out of the way, making time to play with her grand kids. Here is what we came up with... Enjoy!

Apple Yogurt Granola Crumb Pie

1 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2" pieces
crust
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups fruit & nut granola
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
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1 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons AP flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup chopped white raisins, optional
filling
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
3 large tart apples - peeled, cored and small diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To a food processor with a metal blade, add the first 5 ingredients and pulse until a crumb mixture forms. Press half of the mixture into a large 10-inch pie dish (I will use a deep dish pan the next time, and there will be a next time) forming a shell along the bottom and up the sides. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Refrigerate the other half of crumb mixture for the topping.

Meanwhile, mix in a bowl the remaining ingredients. When shell is done, remove from oven, let cool for 10 minutes and pour filling into shell. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove pie from oven and crumble the refrigerated crumb mixture on top. Bake another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes: The recipe as is makes for a fair amount of crumb topping which I liked. If you prefer your apple filling to shine in a pie, when adding the topping, reduce by half saving remaining for another use.
Or, bake this in a oblong casserole dish and add another apple. The filling should stand up just fine with the addition.

21 comments :

  1. That is a great combination of flavors, Drick! It even is a bit "good for you! ;) I think you have a winning pie recipe,

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  2. Hey Drick, Great pie here my man! I bet the crust on top adds a great flavor and texture to the apple pie! If the photos are any indication, looks like there is none left for me to eat!!

    Bon appetit!
    CCR
    =:~)

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  3. I am so hungry right now Drick!!!! I want this pie..but I have to cook lunch first. I love this kind of crumble top pie.

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  4. Apples, raisins, yogurt, bourbon - looks healthy to me. I'll be adding this on my list of desserts! I am changing some eating habits but I'm not crazy! I'm already thinking of the aroma in my winter kitchen as the pie cooks.

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  5. Well you already must know this is a big hit here... you had me at the bourbon! Huge bonus though APPLES~ we love them here!

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  6. all my fav flavros..apples,bourbon,pecans,bourbon,cinnamon,bourbon..did I say bourbon?lol

    sweetlife
    ps..I made your recipe (AMAZING!!)my girls requested it for superbowl, yeah!
    sweetlife

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  7. I love apple pie....the more apple the better :D Love the crust and also the addition of bourbon. Oh, I love that first picture with ice cream even though I would be crazy to eat ice cream in this freezing weather. Well, I can dream about it and feast with my eyes :D

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  8. I love it! The granola in the crust was an inspiration. I had to laugh at the bourbon. It manages to sneak in whenever it can :-)

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  9. Oh now - this pie is too much fun. That's what I call collaboration! I've never seen a pie with such great ingredients.

    Kristi

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  10. this looks delicious :) i think the texture of the granola the plethora of apple, and a little bit of bourbon would be a perfect homey, warm dessert to enjoy with this cold weather :)

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  11. Holy crap. This looks GREAT.

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  12. I'm loving this too! I have sweet tooth. I think I'm going calling for this tonight in my dream! haha...
    Kristy

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  13. This pie looks absolutely heavenly! Love the crust and the topping with that yummy apple filling in between! And the bourbon and pecans are lagniappe! Drooling...as usual! Great photos, too!

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  14. wow...you really took this sweet pie over the edge! I love a crumb topping and your granola crumb sound outstanding, but what got me going was the greek yogurt in the pie....what a stroke of genius, I don't think I would have ever thought of that combination! Outstanding!!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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  15. This definitely sounds like a winner to me! Great adaptation to a classic Drick!

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  16. Yum.... yum..... and more yum.

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  17. Holy WOW...that pie sounds amazing! I'm in love with that topping - incredible.

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  18. I can almost sense a crumble crunch from here. YUM!

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  19. I know one man who would be in heaven if I had this waiting for him when he got home. I have got to try this. :) thanks for the post!

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  20. You know when Adam sees this he is going to make somebody make it for him ;) All that is delicious right here on my screen, wish it were on a plate instead! You can reinventing anything as far as I am concerned...delicious :)

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  21. Great pie. I love pies that have non traditional crusts and this one looks perfect. :)

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