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leilafaith's picture

apple pie emergency (post #65273)


Help. please.
Today was my day for baking the thanksgiving apple pies and freezing them until the big day. After I had the pies in the oven, I realized I had forgotten to put the reduced juice from the apples macerated in sugar, cinnamon, dust of nutmeg and lemon zest in one of the pies, and also in a small sample I always make. When I tried the sample hoping that it would taste ok anyway, I was very disappointed but not surprised. It was not sweet enough and had very little flavor although the apples were baked, there was none of that delightful sauce we all love.
My question is: Is there any way to rectify this short of making a whole new pie? I wonder if making a caramel sauce and serving it on top of the pie might make up for the lack of flavor in the apples themselves. Or what about using a baster and injecting some syrupy sauce made with an apple cider reduction and all the spices above, through the vents in the top crust?

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer. I'd really prefer not to have to go through the process again!!

chiquiNO's picture

(post #65273, reply #1 of 8)

I would save that sauce that you forgot to put in...maybe add a little light corn syrup and cook it a bit and serve a little ladled over each slice!!



leilafaith's picture

(post #65273, reply #2 of 8)

If only I had saved it! That's a great idea. Maybe I can find a way to make a substitute.
Thanks for your input.

chiquiNO's picture

(post #65273, reply #3 of 8)

Try this for a sauce"


2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used Penzey's Vietnamese cinnamon.YUM!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice, Fresh of course


Place in a small sauce pan and cook for about 5-8 minutes on med. heat.  Drizzle over pie (after serving it or make a few holes in the top crust and drizzle some in each before re=heating.)


Good Luck!!



leilafaith's picture

(post #65273, reply #4 of 8)

Thanks so much
This sounds just right. I'll check it out today and let you know how it works out.
So much to be grateful for - and one of them is this wonderful forum where those of us who love to cook can connect and help each other.

chiquiNO's picture

(post #65273, reply #5 of 8)

You are so welcome!!!!



ouzo's picture

(post #65273, reply #6 of 8)

In addition to the sauce (and it looks so good, btw) previously suggested, you could also serve with a liittle vanilla ice cream.  Whenever I am served pie with ice cream, I always think 'way too sweet'.

Edited to add - sorry about the pie faux pas.  My cooking flubs are the worst!

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted - Aesop, The Lion & the mouse

Edited 11/25/2009 7:44 pm by ouzo

  No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted - Aesop, The Lion & the mouse

leilafaith's picture

(post #65273, reply #7 of 8)

Thanks ouzo,
I think ANYTHING tastes better with vanilla ice cream. I'm heading to the store now.
The sauce is great, btw. I think no one will notice any difference between the sauce and the ice cream. No one is a baker at the dinner anyway!

chiquiNO's picture

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