There are a number of special days dedicated to pie–December 1 is Eat a Pie Day and January 23 is National Pie Day. But I especially love February, because it is the Great American Pie Month. A whole month, thirty days, dedicated to pie– thirty days is not enough to sample all the varieties — apple, cherry, each, blueberry, strawberry, pumpkin, lemon, chocolate, pecan, and so many other kinds — my mouth waters at the thought.
To celebrate the Great American Pie Month with you, I am going to share this fabulous recipe that my sister-in-law Laurie shares with us. Oh my gosh, her pie is to die for! Once the family got a taste of it, we started asking for it as birthday gifts, because to have this pie all to yourself is absolute heaven!
Laurie got this recipe from her mother so we are happy to give credit to both of them–thank you, Carol!
Lauries Brown Bag Apple Pie
9-inch pie dish
1 brown paper grocery bag
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
2 Tablespoons cold milk
6 large apples sliced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
Crust: Mix the ingredients in a pie plate. Form a ball of the crust mixture, and then press it with the back of a spoon to form the crust around the pie plate.
Filling: Cut up the apples, and toss them with other ingredients in a bowl. Then place this mixture in the pie plate with the crust.
Topping: Mix the ingredients to make a crumble topping. Use a pastry blender or use two knives and criss cross them in the mixture to make the crumble topping.
Put the crumble mixture over apples. Place the pie pan in the brown paper grocery bag. Staple the bag shut. Bake the pie at 350 degrees for 90 minutes.
Use a knife to slice open the bag when the pie is done.