Apple Butter Pie

September 1, 2020

Use the seasons freshly prepared apple butter to make this creamy custard like pie - Apple Butter Pie
Although it has the look and texture of an ordinary pumpkin pie, this Apple Butter Pie substitutes apple butter in place of pumpkin puree for a sweet apple flavor that can't be beat this fall!




Looking for an alternative to the tradition fall pies of apple or pumpkin? This Apple Butter Pie is a flavorful twist on them both and couldn't be easier to make! 
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I'm always on the lookout for new recipes that sound different but don't require a lot of fuss, time, or far-out ingredients. This recipe for Apple Butter Pie definitely qualifies and couldn't be any more delicious! Apple butter is an old-fashioned kind of ingredient, but it sure makes a great filling for a modern-day pie.


If you're looking for a way to change things up for fall, this Apple Butter Pie will not disappoint.



This creamy Apple Butter Pie is a must have recipe to add to your fall collection.


As I have done the past couple of years, today I am joining in with a group of bloggers for a "Tastes of the Season" series hosted by Kristen of Ella Claire & Co. where we each share different seasonal recipes from now through Christmas.  Today's theme is all about apples and links to each of the other bloggers and their recipes appear near the end of this post. 


SO WHAT IS APPLE BUTTER PIE?


Apple butter pie is basically a classic pumpkin pie, only instead of using pumpkin puree, you use apple butter.  It has a smooth, creamy texture and very much resembles a pumpkin pie in appearance, but has a sweet apple flavor packed into each bite of the custard filling.



A flavorful twist to an ordinary pie crust great for fruit pies and pastries - Buttermilk Pie Crust



BUTTERMILK CRUST


While you can use any crust (even store bought  - I've shared tips in the past for even making refrigerated pie dough look fancy) to make an Apple Butter Pie this fall, I chose to pour the filling into a homemade buttermilk crust. The tart flavor of the buttermilk pairs nicely with the sweetened apple butter.

If you'd like, you can find the recipe for the Buttermilk Pie Crust that I used here, along with tips for getting it golden brown and not shrinking as it bakes.


INGREDIENTS NEEDED


The ingredients for this Apple Butter Pie are pretty limited.  In addition to the spices, you'll need some eggs, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and obviously apple butter.  

Apple butter is basically a concentrated form of apple sauce that is slow cooked and becomes very thick.  It also has a higher sugar content.

Because I was experimenting with this pie prior to the fall season, I wasn't able to secure any homemade apple butter. But if you like to make apple butter at home or are able to find some at a local farmer's market, homemade will always give you the best flavor.  

I opted instead for Musselman's Apple Butter off the store shelf. It is a great option because it is thick and contains just sugar, spices, and apples (with no high fructose corn syrup). I found it in the jelly and peanut butter section of the local grocery store.



Add this delicious recipe to your fall baking list - Apple Butter Pie - It's like pumpkin pie made with Apple Butter


IMPORTANT TIPS FOR MAKING APPLE BUTTER PIE


  • This pie is best made the day before so that it has been allowed to cool completely.


  • The amount of filling for this recipe will fit an ordinary 9" pie dish, not a deep dish pie pan. (I always opt for glass over aluminum.)


  • If you find your crust is getting too brown, cover the edges with strips of aluminum foil or a silicone crust shield (seriously one of the best inventions ever in my opinion!)


  • The pie is baked at a low temperature and is left in the oven to continue baking after the initial baking time is complete. This allows the pie to maintain a smooth texture without overcooking.


  • You can top the pie with a dollop of whipped cream or eat it as is.  I also like to sprinkle a little extra cinnamon onto each slice.


  • Cooled pies should be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.



Apple butter pie is so easy to make and packed with sweet apple flavor for the fall.



CAN THIS PIE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?


Yes! The pie can be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready for it.



CAN APPLE BUTTER PIE BE FROZEN?


Apple butter pie can be frozen, which makes for an easy pie to bake for the holidays! 

Allow the baked pie to cool completely.  Then place it directly into the freezer for a few hours before wrapping it with plastic wrap and putting it inside an air tight container or aluminum foil.  The pie can stay in the freezer for four to five months.

When you are ready to eat the pie, remove it from the freezer the day before, take off the foil, and allow it to thaw completely in the refrigerator.



You can't miss out on this delicious apple flavored fall dessert - apple butter pie






CREAMY APPLE BUTTER PIE

Makes one 9-inch pie




INGREDIENTS

  • Buttermilk pie crust (Click here for the recipe.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup apple butter



HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER PIE


STEP 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

STEP 2: Roll out your pie crust dough and press it into a 9-inch pie dish. Place in the refrigerator until completely solid (about 30 minutes).

STEP 3: Meanwhile, using a hand mixer, beat the two eggs until they are pale and fluffy. This will take about a couple minutes.

STEP 4:  Pour in the sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and vanilla. Beat everything until fully combined. Then completely stir in the apple butter.

STEP 5: Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and set baking dish onto a cookie sheet before placing it into the oven. 

STEP 6: Bake the pie for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then turn the oven off and let it sit inside for another 15 minutes.

STEP 7: After the 15 minutes, remove the pie from the oven and place the dish on a rack to cool completely. Refrigerate after the pie is cool.





Learn how to substitute apple butter for pumpkin puree in this twist on a favorite fall custard pie.




MORE APPLE INSPIRED RECIPES YOU'LL WANT TO TRY


My Tastes of the Season friends below are also sharing their favorite apple flavored recipes .  There is truly something for everyone so be sure to take a few moments and visit their blogs for the recipes they've worked so hard to put together.





Slow Cooker Baked Cinnamon Apples by Ella Claire & Co.  |  Mini Apple Pies by French Country Cottage  |  German Apple Cake by Inspired by Charm





Apple Butter Pie by anderson + grant  |  Apple Cake by Boxwood Avenue  |  Apple Blossom Mini Pies by Handmade Farmhouse


A delicious apple flavored pie similar in appearance and texture to pumpkin but with a great sweet apple flavor!

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Did you know that you could substitute apple butter for pumpkin puree and make an entirely different flavor of custard pie? Click to learn how easy it is!

The best new fall dessert recipe - Apple Butter Pie

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