For as long as I’ve known him, my husband has talked about his grandmother’s homemade applesauce pie with a biscuit crust.
It was his favorite dessert she made, but Grandma never wrote down the recipe. So no one has been able to replicate it exactly.
For my husband’s birthday yesterday, I decided to try to make a version of Grandma’s Applesauce Pie.
It was a hit. Not exactly like Grandma used to make, but every bit as delicious.
A new tradition is born — and unlike Grandma, I’m sharing the recipe!
With the biscuit crust and the dense applesauce filling, this pie ended up tasting like apple bread pudding.
Now, I did make homemade applesauce for my filling since we had a bunch of apples left from a recent trip to the orchard.
But I realize not everybody has time for that, so it’s perfectly fine to pick up a jar of applesauce to use in the pie.
It will be delish either way.
For this recipe, I used canned Grands! biscuits. They make a delicious crust that will rise when you bake the pie. Just be sure to press the dough evenly into your pie pan and seal any seams or gaps.
Because the dough will rise when you cook it, be careful not to overfill the pie crust or you may have a mess to clean up.
- 1 can Pillsbury Grands!® biscuits
- 1 cup applesauce (homemade recipe to follow)
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 stick melted butter
- ½ cup - 1 cup sugar (optional, depending on the sweetness of your applesauce)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1½ cups water
- juice of ½ lemon
- ¾ cups sugar
- ¾ TBS cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Press 5 Grands!® biscuits into the bottom of a regular 9-inch pie pan. Be sure to seal all seams and press the biscuit dough up the sides of the pan. Pierce with a fork and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Use a mixer to combine eggs, cooled melted butter, vanilla and optional sugar. (Depending on how sweet you applesauce is, you may not need to add more sugar. (My homemade applesauce was a bit tart, so I used ½ cup sugar in my pie.)
- Mix in applesauce, flour and nutmeg.
- Pour mixture onto crust, being careful not to overfill. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Place the pie pan on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, until the center is set. You may need to cover the edge of the pie with foil to keep the crust from getting too brown.
- If you have time, I do recommend using homemade applesauce in this pie.
- Place the cored and chopped apples, lemon juice and water in a large pan.
- Cover. Bring to a low boil over medium low heat.
- Stir occasionally, using the back of a spoon to mash the apples as they soften.
- Continue cooking covered for 10-15 minutes until the apples are soft and the sauce is the desired consistency.
- Remove from heat and stir in sugar and cinnamon. You may need to add more sugar, depending on how tart you want your applesauce to be.