My father-in-law, also affectionately known as FIL, is a wonderful apple pie baker. I became aware of his talent many years ago. My family was invited to a dinner at the home of my future MIL and FIL. I remember a delicious feast and lingering at the table for awhile. Then Future FIL presented us with a gorgeous, picture-perfect pie whose taste matched its looks.
So last year when I found out I had food sensitivities, I began to wonder if I would ever be able to sample this scrumptious pie again. Well, of course I would, because FIL made sure that the pie crusts were without yeast and sugar, and substituted the sugar in the filling with honey. The revised pie tastes just as sweet and I appreciate the fact that FIL altered his recipe so I can enjoy it too! I am thankful that sugar free apple pie will be at our thanksgiving dinner. Perhaps you will also include it in your celebration.
FIL’s Sugar-Free, Deep-Dish Apple Pie
8 apples (such as 4 Empire and 4 Ida Red)
1 9-inch deep dish pie shell, thawed (such as Oronoque)
1 frozen pie crust, thawed (such as Pillsbury)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of salt
1/2 cup honey
4 tablespoons butter
Peel and core the apples, then cut into bite-size pieces. Mix flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and honey in a bowl. Mix in apples until well coated. Pour the apple mixture into the pie shell. Chop 2 tablespoons of butter into about 6 pieces and place evenly on top of the apple mixture. Place the pie crust on top and seal around the edges using a fork. Make 4 or 5 slices in the pie crust with a knife to allow the steam to escape while cooking. Sprinkle some additional cinnamon on top. Cut the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into 4 or 5 slices and place evenly on top of the pie crust. Use aluminum foil to cover the bottom and the edges of the pie. Bake at 425 degrees for 40-50 minutes. During the last 15 minutes, remove aluminum foil from the edges of the pie. You will know that the pie is cooked when you see juicy bubbling. Serve to adoring family members, friends and fans.