Sunday, October 4, 2009

Apple Maple Cream Pie


On Friday night Gene and Rosy came over after helping their son plan and set up a romantic dinner at their home so he could surprise his girl friend with a  marriage proposal. Clark and I enjoyed  playing a small part in that happy conspiracy.  I knew dinner out was on our agenda so I made this pie for dessert. It is based on  a recipe fromTaste of Home. It looks fancy but doesn't take long to put together.  I  used my apple peeler/slicer/corer to prepare even  apple  slices. The apples were given to me by friends sharing their autumn bounty!  A great fall treat! P.S. She said yes!

Ingredients

4 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
2 tablespoons sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened (I use light cream cheese)
1-1/2 cups cold milk, divided (I iuse skim milk)
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked

Directions

In a large skillet, saute apples, sugar and cinnamon in butter until apples are tender. Cool.
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth; gradually beat in 1 cup milk, dry pudding mix and maple extract. Add remaining milk; beat until thickened. Spread into pastry shell. Arrange apples over filling. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Brush with additional preserves if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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