Speedy Streusel Apple Pie
Posted by Rini
1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts)
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
5-6 medium red baking apples, such as Jonathan (about 6 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Vanilla ice cream or thawed, frozen whipped topping (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400?F. Let pie crusts stand at room temperature 15 minutes.
Place one pie crust in a deep dish pie plate, gently pressing dough into bottom
and up sides. In a bowl, separate egg white from yolk. (Set yolk aside for
another use.) Whisk egg white until frothy. Brush egg white over bottom and
halfway up sides of crust; set crust aside.
2. For streusel, finely dice remaining crust (it is not necessary to unfold
crust); place in a bowl. Chop pecans. Add pecans, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and
1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon to batter bowl; toss and set mixture aside.
3. For filling, core and slice apples, leaving peel on; cut slices into
quarters. Juice lemon to measure 2 teaspoons juice. In large colander bowl,
combine apples, lemon juice and vanilla; toss to coat. In small colander bowl,
combine cornstarch, remaining sugar and remaining cinnamon; mix well. Add
cornstarch mixture to apples; stir to coat evenly. Spoon apple mixture into
crust. Sprinkle streusel evenly over apples.
4. Place pie in microwave oven. Microwave on HIGH 8 minutes or until apples are
very hot, rotating dish after 4 minutes. Immediately place pie on bottom rack of
conventional oven. Bake 18-22 minutes or until topping is deep golden brown.
Remove pie from oven to cooling rack; let stand 15 minutes.
5. Sprinkle powdered sugar over pie. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped
topping, if desired.
Yield: 8 servings or 16 sample servings
Nutrients per serving: Calories 420, Total Fat 17 g, Saturated Fat 6 g,
Cholesterol 10 mg, Carbohydrate 67 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 200 mg, Fiber 3 g
Cook's Tip: When a microwave oven is not available, place apples, lemon juice
and vanilla in Stir-Fry Skillet. Stir gently over medium-high heat until apples
are very hot and slightly tender; remove from heat. Add cornstarch mixture; stir
to coat evenly. Spoon hot apple mixture into crust; sprinkle with topping. Bake
in conventional oven as directed in step #4