8/22/09

It's time for Zapple Pie!

My 13 year old has been waiting oh-so-patiently for me to make her favorite 'vegetable' pie... one that actually is mistaken for a fruit pie. Apple Pie. But that's ok, because it's supposed to be!

It's Zapple Pie - made with zucchini and it's so good that you could probably bake in bulk and sell them!

Unfortunately work has kept me at the office until 7:pm a few nights this week and coupled with errands, meant sometimes not getting home until 9:00 and thus; no pie. But it's the weekend, with no plans in place, a husband working and kids otherwise occupied, so guess what she finally got?

Zapple Pie! And now you can too! Grab those zucchini's that you have sitting on the counter that you've run out of idea's to make things with, and get ready to serve your family apple pie... errr, make that Zapple Pie.

Zapple Pie

6 c peeled, scooped out, quartered and thinly sliced zucchini
1 1/4 c sugar (3/4 - 1 1/4, adjust to your own taste)
1 t vanilla
4 T real butter
2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/3 c lemon juice + water to make 1/2 c
1/3 c flour
1 pie shell with top crust


Preheat Oven: 450.

In a saucepan over medium heat combine the zucchini, sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add 2 T lemon juice. Stir to mix and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Mix the rest lemon juice and water with the flour in a cup and stir into the zucchini mixture to thicken. Remove from heat.

Spoon the zucchini filling into the pie shell. Place the top crust on and crimp the edges to seal. Put the pie into the hot oven and close the door. Then reduce the heat to 350. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is browned and the filling is bubbling.

Cool completely or slightly warmed to serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



Yes, you really use Zucchini


Scoop out the seeds and quarter the larger vegetables, halve the smaller ones


When it's simmering, your family will start to converge in the kitchen
and ask you what smells so wonderful


Don't forget the vent holes to let steam escape!


Letting it cool... the hardest part!

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