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Create a Stir! With Upside-Down Apple-Pecan Pie

November 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Everyone is looking for something different. I have a neat recipe for an Upside Down Apple Pecan pie to share — it’s from the new cookbook, Create A Stir! by the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association in West Palm Beach.

It’s a fun cookbook — lots of good ideas for party foods, as well as family meals and more for the upcoming holiday are among the 149 recipes. A bunch of flamingo collectibles are featured in the full-color, spiral-bound book; anybody looking for a fun Florida gift for a cook — or flamingo collector — should look no further.

Flamingo Park is a historic neighborhood north of Belvedere Road and west of Georgia Avenue in West Palm Beach, and its residents throw great parties — the neighborhood association hosts a number of events throughout the year. But the big fund-raiser, the 17th annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour, is coming up the night of Dec. 7.  Foods from Create A Stir! will be showcased at the nine homes on the tour, and you can buy the cookbook along the way. If you order tickets to the tour by Dec. 1, you get $5 off the book’s $18.50 price (plus tax in Fla.; $5 S&H to mail).

To order, call Linda Cullen, one of the editors, at (561) 758-5227; or go to flamingopark.org – there, you can find information about the Holiday Historic Home Tour as well.

The pie

This recipe for an apple and pecan pie all in one — baked upside down — intrigued us. It was submitted by Tracy Manikko, a Flamingo Park resident, who got it from the Minnesota State Fair, where it appeared in 1973. She writes, “It’s very easy and looks like you spent all day — my kind of recipe.”

Upside-Down Apple Pecan Pie

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • unbaked pastry for a two-crust pie
  • 6 cups apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Spread butter evenly on bottom and sides of 9-inch pie pan. Press pecan halves, rounded side down, into butter. Sprinkle brom sugar evenly over pecans. place one pie crust over brown sugar and pecans; trim evenly.

Combine apples, lemon juice, flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour into pie pan, keeping top level. top with remaining pie pastry, trim and fold edges together, and flute. Prick top of pie with fork (do not cut vents). Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

Reduce temperature to 350 degrees; bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven when syrup stops bubbling through fork holes. Remove from oven, and carefully place wide serving plate over pie; invert and remove pie pan.

Makes 1 9-inch pie.

A note from Jan: Omit the pecans, brown sugar and butter and you have a traditional apple pie that can be served right-side up. I add a pinch of allspice and nutmeg to my apple pies, and the zest of a lemon. Bake as directed.

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  • 1 scottsfla // Dec 1, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Pie sounds delicious. Cookbook has recipes for all levels of cook/chef. It’s fun. Thanks, Scott Simmons

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