In my last post, I shared with a new way to use Royal Design Studio stencils to add an exciting dimension of fun to your food! I had so much fun working with them on that project. I decided I would do a separate post to showcase the actual pie. Per my usual crazy ways, I didn’t make a classic All-American apple pie. Heck no! I had to have some fun spicing it up in the kitchen. That’s how I created this Mexican Apple Pie.
Compared to your average apple pie, this Mexican Apple Pie has not only cinnamon, but espresso powder, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and ginger. It is still savory pie, but the filling is less heavy than your typical apple pie so there is more emphasis on the spices incorporated. Speaking of spices… I just had to see what greatness would happen if I added espresso powder, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and ginger. In traditional Mexican baking it is common to combine chocolate with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, hence the espresso powder and cayenne pepper. I added nutmeg for extra warmth to the dish. As for the ginger, well, ginger pairs well with most fruits (really!) and the dash of heat it adds lends a sophisticated note to the fruit. That’s right. This is a pretentious pie. Not by appearance, but by taste. Your friends will enjoy the flavor packed in the crust and won’t miss the heavy pie filling of the classic apple pie.
For the pie crust, I used this recipe and it turned out perfectly.
What is your favorite summertime pie? Have you ever put a spin on it? If you haven’t I dare you to try it next time.