Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 25 mins
This recipe was found in the 2002 cookbook, Apple Pie Perfect.
- 1 pie pastry, 9-inch deep dish
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1⁄4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup chunky applesauce
- 1 cup pumpkin puree, canned
- Invert the pastry over a 9-inch deep dish pie pan, center it & gently tuck the pastry into the pan without stretching it, then sculpt the edge into an upstanding ridge.
- Place the pie shell in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- When ready to prebake it, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil at least 15 inches long, carefully press it into the pastry until it fits like a second skin, & then arrange the excess foil on either side so that it points out like a pair of wings ~ Bunching it up underneath will deflect the heat, which you don't want to do! Fill the foil with about 1 1/2 pounds of dried beans, pushing them up the sides a little to keep the pastry snug against the pan.
- Bake the shell on the center rack for 20 minutes, then remove it from the oven, & with hands protected, grasp the foil on either side & slowly lift the beans out of the shell.
- Use a fork to poke the bottom of the pastry 4 or 6 times, twisting the fork slightly to enlarge the holes, so that steam can escape & help prevent the pastry from puffing up.
- Put the pie shell back in the oven & bake for another 7 to 8 minutes, then let it cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes, while making the filling. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium-size bowl, whisk the eggs until foamy & blended, then whisk in the maple syrup & vanilla. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, salt & spices, then whisk this into the egg mixture.
- Whisk in the applesauce & pumpkin, blending until smooth, then ladle the filling into the partially baked crust.
- Place the pie on the center oven rack & bake 50 to 55 minutes. To check the pie for doneness, give the pan a quick little shake ~ The filling should not waver but should appear set in the middle. The sides might have puffed & have a flat finish while the center will be more glossy, indicating that the pie is ready to be taken from the oven & set on a wire rack to cool. Although it is very good warm, the apple flavor is more pronounced when the pie is cold.
- If served cold, refrigerate the pie loosely covered with a sheet of waxed paper.
This pie is amazing! It is so creamy, fruity and delicious! YUM! Ive never had a pumpkin apple pie before, but this was so yummy, Ill definitely make it again and again. I loved how easy this was to prepare, how decadent the pie tasted and that compared to other pies it was relatively healthy as it didnt use any cream or such.
I made a couple of changes due to what I had on hand and personal preference: I used only 1/8 cup sugar and 1/8 cup maple syrup, all natural smooth applesauce and only 1 egg plus two flax eggs. That worked out perfectly and my pie still set up beautifully and was sweet enough for our taste. As I know Im a bit of a whimp when it comes to ginger, nutmeg and cloves, I halved the amount of those, but kept the cinnamon the same. That was perfect for us. For the crust I used Aunt Jennie's Pie Crust (With Oil).
Following Chef on the coast's advise I, too, skipped the prebaking step and that worked out just fine. No sogginess issues here.
I really loved this pie and so did my sis, we finished off the whole thing by ourselves. lol
THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this here with us, it will be a regular at our house, Im sure.
Made and reviewed for 1-2-3-Hit Wonders November 2011.
I am going to give this 3 stars for it's originality. It didn't go over very well at my house. :( DH didn't like the combination of pumpkin/apple together. I did double the recipe for 2 pies as we had company and they were my guinna pigs. lol Since the directions called for having a smooth filling - I opted for regular applesauce instead of chunky. On the crusts - I didn't see the purpose of prebaking since the pies needed to be in the oven for a normal pie baking time anyway. So I did not do this step. I did bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes then reduced the oven to 350 degrees for the remainder of the time. Followed all measurements exactly. This does make a very creamy pie and smells wonderful as it is baking. Thanks for sharing! Made for the December 2009 Aussie/NZ recipe swap.