Sharing a recipe for the holidays *bounces in chair* Now we’re talking! One of the few things I do enjoy about the holidays is the food. The spicy scents of nutmeg. cinnamon, sage, butter, brown sugar and vanilla always give me a warm, cozy feeling of home. Yeast rising, and roasting meat reminds me of shelling nuts with my mom and grandmother when I was a little girl or baking cookies with mom and siblings.


One of the favorite recipes to share is a topsy-turvy apple pie. We used Granny Smith apples and homemade pie crust, but ready-made is just as good. Originally from Creative Cooks Cookbook. Spicy, sweet, with the crunch of pecans is a great way to celebrate the holidays.


  • 2 (9 inch) pie shell
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 large apples - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Spread butter or margarine evenly on bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Press pecans, rounded side down, into butter layer. Pat brown sugar evenly over nuts, then lay one pastry shell over brown sugar layer.
  • Place apples in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well. Toss mixture with apples, coating thoroughly.
  • Spread apples into pie plate. Cover apples with second pastry shell. Crimp edges of pastry and make steam vents in top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Cool 5 minutes then place serving plate over top of pie; invert pie onto plate. Carefully remove pie pan. Serve warm or Cool.

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