Growing up as a kid, the Musselman’s brand was a staple in our house. Apple sauce was always a kid favorite and my mother generously gave us apple butter in the mornings with our bagels and fresh bread while my father used it to marinade pork for dinner. With so many fond memories, the sweet and spicy smell of apple butter makes me think of home, apple picking, and fun family memories.
Now that I’m “Mom,” we love to have it on hand in our kitchen too! With fall now upon us, I love incorporating the comforting smells of apples and spice into our seasonal cuisine. There are so many ways to bring the tastes and smells of the apple orchard into your kitchen and I was thrilled to discover a menu of recipes on Musselman’s website.
Today my son came home after his first week of preschool and seemed a little homesick and worn out from the busy week. It was his first time going to school five days a week and I could tell my little guy could use a pick-me-up. His big sis and I decided it was time to make him something special as a treat for when he woke up from his nap!
I hope you enjoy this recipe. It is easy to make (under one hour from start to finish to table!). It is dairy-free and can easily be made gluten-free as well if you purchase gluten-free pie crusts and flour. My daughter is in first grade and helped me every step of the way on this recipe, with the exception of putting it in and out of the oven!
Back to School Apple Butter Pie
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
1 graham cracker ready-made pie crust (can be substituted if desired)
2 lbs. Granny Smith apples (about 7 apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
4 tsp. all-purpose flour
4 tsp. brown sugar
- 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 2. Take out pie crust and remove plastic packaging. Pie crust should not be frozen and at room temperature.
- 3. Peel, core, and chop apples into slices. I tried to make mine 1/4 to 1/3 inch in size but they do not have to be perfect!
- 4. Place apple slices in a mixing bowl and pour apple butter on top.
- 5. Cut lemon in half and squeeze half of the lemon on top of apples and apple butter for fresh lemon juice (yields approx. 2 tbsp juice)
- 6. Mix in the 1/2 cup brown sugar.
- 7. Pour contents of pie mix into pie crust.
- 8. Combine flour and brown sugar (4 tsp. each) and sprinkle over top of pie.
- 9. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes until pie is bubbly and your house smells of apples and spice!
- 10. Once pie is cooled, enjoy with your family and friends!
Serving suggestion: One slice. (Feel free to have a second one after the kids go to bed!)
Servings per pie: 8
My kids loved this pie and my little guys frown was turned upside down! So easy to make and you can keep the leftovers in the fridge for later. I love incorporating fresh fruits into our diet and teaching my kids about food choices while in the kitchen. What makes it so easy is that the flavor and spices in the apple butter mean you don’t need to run to the store for extra ingredients. It’s so easy and such a creative way to make a traditional American favorite into something even tastier and with those fall flavors we love!
Feel free to share this recipe with your friends and try making it after school with your own kiddos!