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Monday, August 3, 2015

Jan's Almost Apple Pie


     You will never guess what is in this pie or how I came across the recipe!  I was at the Missouri Waste Control Coalition conference in the Ozarks.  For those of you who don't know, I work for an environmental lab.  So, a waste conference is just part of life around here!  Anyway, it was dinner time, so I found myself a seat.  There were two ladies sitting next to me who appeared to know each other and were in a conversation.  So, I was minding my own business until I heard it... Pie!  Now, I had to start paying attention.  What kind of pie could they be talking about?


     It turns out one of the ladies, Jan, makes an almost apple pie out of zucchini.  She says if anything it is better than apple pie because the zucchini stay firmer than the apples.  Zucchini pie?!  I had to invite myself into the conversation and get more information!  Jan told a cute story about a little boy telling his mom he had just had the best apple pie ever only to be shocked that there weren't any apples in it.

     Honestly, I found the statement about the zucchini staying firmer than apples hard to believe.  Afterall zucchini can get pretty darn mushy when you cook them.  I also had my doubts about them making a good pie.  But I knew I just had to give it a try!  Luckily Jan said she would be happy to share her secret.  I gave her my card and a couple of days later I got an email with the recipe.

     I brought the pie to a family dinner at MiMi's and she made vanilla ice cream to go with it.  We didn't tell anyone what was in the pie.  Low and behold, she was right!  The pie was delicious and the zucchini did stay firmer than apples!  I could not believe it!  Everyone loved it and was shocked that they had just had zucchini pie.

    When asked about the history of the recipe, this is what Jan had to say:
The recipe in it's current form came about through 3 seasons of zucchini growing.  I tweaked it a little each year; and now, my family and friends like it just the way it is.  It's always fun to serve it and not share the main ingredient until after everyone has had the opportunity to try it.  
     She also added than in May, she had retired from a local nursing home.  While working there, she made a habit of bringing in pies to share during zucchini season.  So one day on Facebook, they shared this picture with her and a note saying it's zucchini time!

Almost Apple Pie

Ingredients:

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
5-51/2 cups sliced zucchini (Use medium zucchini, peel, slice in half lengthwise, remove seeds and then thinly slice.  the slices should resemble apple slices.)
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Dash of salt
2 T flour
1 T lemon juice
2 dashes nutmeg
1 cup + 3 T sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Topping:
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c sugar
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp allspice (heaping)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Prepare zucchini as described, cook zucchini in a small amount of water for 10 minutes.  Begin timing when the water begins to bubble. Drain.
  3. Mix cream of tartar, salt, flour, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon with zucchini. Pour into pie shell.
  4. Make topping by mixing all ingredients and crumble over pie.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until done.

A couple of more fun pies:






34 comments:

  1. I love that story. I bet she made her friends at the nursing home a pie and they loved it too. This pie and its story need to make a repeat at MiMi and Pops' next zucchini season!

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    1. I was a lot of fun to try it after the way she talked about it. It definitely lived up to expectation. We will have to make it again!

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  2. I love this story!! I can'r believe this pie has veggies in it!! I have all the ingredients, I so am going to make this tomorrow! :-)
    Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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    1. It was fun to try something different and it was really fun to hear her talk about it. It's not often you get to make a veggie pie! I hope you guys love it!

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  3. This pie looks amazing! Zucchini? Who knew?

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    1. I know, right?! It was fun to try something so different!

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  4. What a great story...and zucchini...that's incredible! Thanks for sharing... and thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment on my blog :)

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    1. I was surprised too, but it really is very good! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I can't believe that, looks yummy, but I must say that Honey Maple Pecan Pie looks awesome #wednesdaywisdom

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    1. Such a fun surprise! the honey maple pecan pie was amazing. It has a very similar texture to the traditional pecan pie I grew up with, but you can definitely tell it is made with honey and that is never a bad thing!

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  6. I will have to try this. I have recently fallen in love with Pear Pie over Apple Pie, so I'm intrigued to try Zucchini!

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    1. Oooh! Pear pie sounds amazing. I will have to give that one a go too!

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  7. Wow! I never would have ever thought of a zucchini pie! I am definitely going to have to try this, I think I may have jut enough zucchini, too!

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    1. I know, it sounds so strange. It was really fun to make because I had never heard of anything quite like it!

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  8. Who would have thought that you could make pie with zucchini?! That is such a crazy idea that it's almost brilliant :)

    http://chasethewritedream.com

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    1. That's kind of what I thought! It was fun to try something different than zucchini bread with all the zucchini!

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  9. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  10. I thought it was zucchini and apple but it is just zucchini! Who would have thought to do that? Then find that it worked out so well.
    Thanks for bringing your interesting recipe to Fridays Blog Booster Party #18
    Bring it to the Pinterest Game http://60-thenew40.com/the-pinterest-game-5a/



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    1. I was so shocked when she was talking about it, I just had to try it! Thank you so much for hosting and for stopping by!

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  11. I have never heard of zucchini pie, but thinking about it, we use zucchini in cakes and bread, so it makes sense, I will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. It does kind of make sense when you think about it a bit, but one first thought it seems a little strange! I am so glad I happened to overhear her talking about it!

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    2. Hi Carlee, stopping back to let you know I could not stop thinking about this intriguing pie and it will be one of my features at tomorrow's party :)

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  12. Thank you for linking up to this week's Tasty Tuesday. I am pinning it to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board.

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  13. I would have never thought of using zucchini. This looks yummy:)

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    1. Me either! It was so much fun to try something different!

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  14. Yum! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  15. Amazing!! I heard of using crackers instead of apples but never zucchini!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love partying with you!! Pinned!

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    1. I had heard of the cracker version too, but this one was new to me!! Thanks for hosting!

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  16. I love this story! I wonder how this would go over with my kids! I should have my mom in law make it...they like anything she makes!

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    1. It would be fun to hear what they think. My little guy is only two, so it is still pretty easy to pull one over on him!

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