This recipe bring back all of the summer childhood memories! The look, the taste, I can literally feel it all.
I remember the first time I heard “apple pie a la mode” like it was yesterday. Growing up my Grandma Linda used to take us to Marie Calendars on “dates”. We would see a movie and grab lunch, or visa versus. Any grandma time is special, but these dates continue to be a fond memory for me and all of my siblings.
Would order our lunch and wolf it down, with our pie of choice already in mind for dessert–mine, as you can guess was always apple! Not just apple, but Dutch apple– you know the kind with the brown sugar crumbly topping? Yeah, that. Well I would proudly order my pie myself with a “side of ice cream”.
I still remember my Grandma looking at the waitress with a smile and saying “a la mode”. I looked at her confused and she proceeded to tell me all things al la mode and how I needed my pie warm with the ice cream right along side it–you can say the game was CHANGED!
This became a tradition, and I looked forward to ordering my pie “a la mode” every date we had. With this sweet memory it seemed only fitting to share the “apple pie al la mode” I make for my family!
This is certainly no Marie Calendars classic but it is so easy to make, plates beautifully for parties, and is done under an hour! For anyone that feels like they “can’t bake” or you don’t know where to start, START HERE.
Enjoy! And I have now decided my new sign off will be… SWEET your Hartt out.
- 1 roll Pillsbury pie crust
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Roll out room temperature pie crust onto parchment paper. Sprinkle with a dash of flour and roll over the pie crust thinning it slightly.
- Core and slice apples into thin slices and add into a large mixing bowl. Coat with the juice of one lemon and toss.
- Add flour, sugar and pumpkin pie spice and mix thoroughly using clean hands or a large spoon.
- Add apples to the center of the pie crust leaving a 1 inch think rim of space around the edge.
- When the pie crust is full, fold over the edges towards the center of the tart and pinch.
- Melt butter and brush the edges of the crust to create a colder brown crust. Place the tart, parchment paper included onto a large baking sheet and place in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Remove, slice, and serve warm. With ice cream of course!