Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July challenge - Apple pie...with a twist!

Here is what I came up with:

Apple Plum Pie with Coconut Shell :)

The commissary here in Guam, er, doesn't have a wide variety, shall we say....
and when they run out of something, there is no zipping to Walmart.

We are still in lodging so I can't really make my own pie crust and while I was hunting for something,
ANYTHING to make into one, this is what I came up with!
 Fuji apples, red plums, coconut, Saigon Cinnamon, nutmeg and shortbread ready made pie shells.
This is what I made:
I have to learn to center my pics! UGH!

And this is how I did it!

4 large Fuji apples, peeled and thinly sliced
(I chose Fuji instead of Granny Smith, which I normally use, to balance the tartness in the plums)

6 small red plums, blanched in boiling water, peeled and then thinly sliced

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp Saigon cinnamon
(this was new to me and I found it slightly more pungent and spicy than regular and a bit more heat as well)

Mix all ingredients well until the fruit gets juicy and has a little syrup.

For the crust I crumbled one of the shortbread crusts and mixed it with a tbsp of real salted butter and the sweetened coconut. I filled the second pie crust with the fruit and then topped it with the crumble mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the crust is browned and the fruit is bubbly.

New family favorite, me thinks.
The balance of sweet and sour was perfect and the extra sweetness from the crumbly top just added that much more!!

Thanks, D, for making me think "outside the box"!! And thanks to my sis Jenna for suggesting the coconut as a nod to Guam - good call!!
Feel free to try the recipe!

Bon Apetite ~K


  1. Looks and sounds yummy! When I come to Guam, will you make another? ;o)

    1. Hey, this is sad to know! I have been following your blog for a while and i think it is a great blog. Crazy that my first comment is going to be on your last post though.