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Featuring Fresh Produce and Vanilla Ice Cream: Almost Apple Pie Recipe

almost apple pie recipe

As apple season comes to an end in my neck of the woods there is no shortage of tasty dishes to prepare and enjoy these seasonal treats.   This recipe is super easy to make and the best part of the dish is you can use items most kitchens have on hand.  One rule to follow is to always use fresh firm apples. Add this Almost Apple Pie Recipe to your collection.

Almost Apple Pie Recipe Ingredients

Here is the details featuring the super simple dessert you can whip up anytime.  Be sure to scroll down to get the printable recipe card.


  • Gala Apples –  thick  sliced
  • apple cider
  • brown sugar, divided
  • vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon, divided
  • butter, divided
  • whole-wheat  bread (makes about 2 cups crumbs)
  • chopped walnuts

First, keep in mind this is a simple throw together recipe using what you most likely have on hand.

Apple Tree
Perfect for home grown apples

Almost Apple Pie Printable Recipe Card

I hope you have some ice cream on hand because this is one of my favorite additions to this easy to create recipe.  Take advantage of the recipe card below.

Featuring Fresh Produce and Vanilla Ice Cream: Almost Apple Pie Recipe

Course: DessertCuisine: American


Prep time


Baking Time




  • 5 large Gala Apples, thick sliced

  • 1 cup apple cider 

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 3 slices whole wheat bread (makes about 2 cups crumbs)

  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnut


  • Preheat the oven to 375*F

  • Combine apples, apple cider, 1/2 brown sugar, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until apples are tender but NOT soft (about 15 minutes) Stir in 1 tablespoon butter until melted, remove from heat and transfer apple mixture to a pie plate.

  • Process bread in food processor or hand chopper until crumbs are formed, about 15 seconds.  Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Toss crumbs with melted butter, walnuts, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Scatter crumb mixture on top of apples and bake for 45  minutes, until topping is crisped and lightly browned.

  • Perfect to whip up in a hurry for 2 and don't forget the vanilla ice cream!

Get the printable recipe card I put together just for you here : almost-apple-pie-recipe-card

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