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Trio of Apple Desserts

Short Cut Crust Apple Pie

Short-Cut Crust Apple Pie

Apples have been falling from friends and neighbors trees to my kitchen this week, so I’m continuing Rita’s theme of apple desserts.   I have a trio of favorites: Traditional Apple Pie; Autumn Apple Pie; and Raisin Bread Apple Crisp.

Pie is one of the first recipes I remember making with my mom, following her favorite no-fail Betty Crocker short-cut pie crust recipe. Over the years I’ve transformed many a hesitant pie baker with this easy recipe. See my step by step instructions.

Apple Almond Pie with Dried Cherries and Apricots
Autumn Apple Pie

For a twist on traditional apple pie, Autumn Apple Pie is a single crust with creamy almond filling, sliced apples, dried cherries, raisins and apricots. You’ll find my recipe on the Sun-Maid website.

Raisin Bread CrispWhen I’m really in a hurry, I make Raisin Bread Apple Crisp. A few slices of raisin bread plus butter, brown sugar and walnuts, turn apples to a cinnamon spiced comfort dessert in minutes.

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Raisin Bread Apple Crisp
Makes 6 servings. 
Prep time: 10 minutes

4         slices Sun-Maid Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread
6         tablespoons  butter, melted
1/2     cup packed brown sugar
1/2     cup chopped walnuts
3         large granny smith apples,
           cut into in 3/4 inch chunks 

Preheat oven to 325 F. Tear or cut raisin bread into 1/2-inch pieces. 
Combine butter, brown sugar and walnuts in a medium bowl. Mix in bread.
Place apples in a 9-inch square or round baking dish. Pat bread mixture firmly over apples.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and apples are soft.
Serve warm, and of course with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

An original recipe by Rosemary Mark for Sun-Maid Growers. Photo by Kelly Burgoyne

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  1. Dorothy A
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Oh Rosie, I just went on a diet and here come these delicious sounding apple pie recipes. Hope I can stop at a small piece.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted October 19, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      Dorothy – oh dear, the diet must wait! I loved using your early season Gravenstein apples.

  2. Cathy
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try the Apple Crisp recipe. It seems so simple yet yummy.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted October 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      The Raisin Bread Apple Crisp IS totally simple and a great way to use up some raisin bread (if that’s necessary in your house!)

  3. Areta Held-Masters
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try the Raisin Bread Apple Crisp–looks simply delicious!!

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted October 27, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Hi Areta – let us know how you like it. It’s a great way to use languishing slices of raisin bread — if you have any!

  4. Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Rosemary, I can’t get enough apples this time of year. I can’t wait to try the Autumn Apple Pie.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Well, it IS apple season and you probably have less luck finding strawberries now! 🙂

  5. Reeta
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    From Susan in Maine:
    I spoke to Rita last week about the raisin bread apple “crisp” recipe I tried. I want to try it again before I take it to Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law’s. But I’m not clear on how many pieces of raisin bread to break up? My son Rich and his father both liked what I made anyway, but wanted to make sure I do it right when I make it for Thanksgiving.

  6. Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I would certainly love to make my own Raisin Bread Apple Crisp soon. Just one question aside, from walnuts what type of nuts can I use?

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted July 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Peni – Pecans or sliced almonds would be delicious in the Raisin Bread Apple Crisp. Hope you enjoy yours!

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