Throwback Thursday — a popular trend on social media in which users relive past memories whether it be their childhood, old relationships, past vacations, old songs, or anything that gives them a happy and nostalgic feeling.
Yes, I have been known to participate in Throwback Thursday often, and my favorite of all time has got to be this pic from ‘back in the day’, where I proudly display the new Boom Box that Santa so generously left for me. 😉
There’s your laugh for the day, haha! You’re welcome!
Ahhh, the 70’s. Those were the days, weren’t they?! We had some fun foods back then, too, including Apple Pie with Candied Crust!
Growing up in the 70’s, I enjoyed a decade filled with disco music, fried foods, (because Santa brought my Mom a Fry-Daddy, haha!) all served up with plenty of cool Jell-O salads and Kool-Aid.
Summers were all about taking the “Nestea plunge” in our above ground pool, and winters were about baking with my Mom.
And roller skating. Lots of roller skating…to the aforementioned disco music, of course. 😉
One of my favorite foods from those days is this incredibly simple yet absolutely scrumptious dessert called “Apple Pie with Candied Crust”. Don’t let the word ‘crust’ scare you…it’s not really a crust, it’s more like a ‘crisp’.
No crusts were involved in the making of this Apple Pie with Candied Crust.
What?!? I know, I know…it sounds a little odd, but so did a lot of other things from the 70’s, right?!
Look how scrumptious! And seriously…this is the easiest dessert recipe…ever in the history of the entire universe! If you don’t believe that slight exaggeration, I’ll walk you through it.
Pop a stick of butter (real butter, pretty please!) into a microwave-safe bowl. (Note: we did not have a microwave in the 70’s, so this is a real luxury!)
Nuke it until it’s melty, but not melted all the way. You know, kinda melted. It will look like this:
Stir in all the dry ingredients — I know you have them on hand — brown sugar, flour, salt…simple baking staples. Oh, and if you’re into nutmeg, go ahead and add 1/8 teaspoon. I’m not really into nutmeg, so I just leave it out.
When it’s all mixed up and crumbly, spoon it over the apple filling (or any other flavor of pie filling!) in the pie plate. Don’t smooth out the top — you want there to be some highs and lows for texture.
Keep a really close eye on the pie plate now, because at this point, everyone else in the house will want to sneak a little bit of that glorious topping.
Lovingly swat away any tempted hands, lol! My husband simply can’t resist this topping, even before it’s baked.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy.
Oh my goodness gracious! Consider yourself warned about the amazingly scrumptious aromas that will be wafting throughout your house as this bakes. You’ll want to get rid of every candle you own and just bake this every other day or so.
Kidding, or course, but I won’t judge if you do. Just sayin’!
You’ll want to wait a bit for your Apple Pie with Candied Crust to cool before serving for two reasons:
First, it’s screaming hot, and I don’t want you to burn your mouth. Second, the topping gets even crispier and more delicious as it cools a bit.
The flavors are best when it’s just warm enough to melt the vanilla ice cream you’ll scoop right on top. Can you just imagine it now?
Personally, I consider myself an “Apple Pie with Candied Crust Purist” and don’t believe that this perfect dessert needs anything other than a large fork with which to enjoy every single bite.
Let’s do the math: Crunchy topping + tender apples = pure heaven on a fork. That’s really all you need in life, isn’t it?
Just look at the close-up! See what I mean?! Crunchy, tender, brown-sugary, buttery, decadent goodness in every single bite!
While I can certainly do without certain things from the ’70’s — such as my feathered hairstyle — I will always keep this recipe in the current rotation.
Hope you will, too, and I hope that this will bring back some of those happy and nostalgic feelings for you, as well! Long live Throwback Thursday Recipes!
Here’s the handy printable! Y’all enjoy!
Apple Pie with Candied Crust
- 1 (21 oz.) can apple pie filling
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread apples into ungreased pie plate.
- Melt butter and mix in dry ingredients.
- Sprinkle mixture over apples.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
- Serve warm with softened vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!