Apple Pie with a Mexican Kick

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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.

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Mexican Apple Pie
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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.
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
mexican-apple-pie
Mexican Apple Pie
Print Recipe
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.
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cover apple with enough lemon juice so the apples don't brown.
  2. Add spices, sugar and flour to apple mixture and blend well.
  3. Add the bottom crust dough to 9-inch pie pan and cover with apple/spices mixture.
  4. Cut up the butter into pats that can be placed around on top of the apple mixture.
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  5. Roll out the remaining pie dough and place on top of pie. Use a knife to trim the excess off the pie. Use your thumb to seal the pie around the edges where the dough meets. Take a fork to indent the pie crust.
  6. Follow the instructions on the stencil page for creating the design.
  7. Cover pie in foil and bake at 375º for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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Sweet and Spicy Kung Pao Chicken

kungpaochickenrecipeCan you believe I survived the winter weather last week?! OK, I’m being facetious. After having some sort of warm, soup like meal every night, my Husband was craving something completely different. I decided to break out one of my favorite dishes that surprises my skeptical friends: Sweet and Spicy Kung Pao Chicken.They look at the ingredient list and ask, “Are you SURE those spices go well with that fruit?!” After a sigh or two, I ask for their trust. I’ve made a version of this with the kids I teach at a local YMCA. They too, look at the ingredients shaking their heads. Despite the looks, we make the dish.

As one teen exclaimed, “This should be on the menu at Panda Express!” A compliment like that from a teen is a big deal!

What I love about this dish is that it infuses flavors from traditional Chinese and Mexican cuisine. The garlic, ginger, and chili flavors create a spicy kung pao sauce derived from the Chinese cuisine. Then, the dish is topped with a fruity pico de gallo. Pico de gallo is a salsa salad that usually includes tomato, peppers, and onion. For this recipe though, we are adding pineapple, mandarin oranges, and cilantro to create some extra sweetness.  Serve this atop brown or steamed white rice. Together, the sauce and salsa not only look beautiful on a plate, but create a powerful explosion of sweet and spice in your mouth that is irresistible!

The same teen I mentioned earlier took the recipe home and said he was going to make it for his family. Hearing that made my day! Keep these recipes and try them. Let me know what works for you and what doesn’t. As always, let me know if there is a recipe that you would like to learn, or that has always given you problems. I have those recipes too! I will save those for another post. 😉

Do YOU have any dishes that confound people? I’d love to hear and try your recipes as well!

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Sweet and Spicy Kung Pao Chicken
Print Recipe
This dish infuses flavors from traditional Chinese and Mexican cuisine. The garlic, ginger, and chili flavors create a spicy kung pao sauce derived from the Chinese cuisine. Then, the dish is topped with a fruity pico de gallo. Serve atop brown or steamed white rice. Together, the sauce and salsa not only look beautiful on a plate, but create a powerful explosion of sweet and spice in your mouth that is irresistible!
Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
kungpaochickenrecipe
Sweet and Spicy Kung Pao Chicken
Print Recipe
This dish infuses flavors from traditional Chinese and Mexican cuisine. The garlic, ginger, and chili flavors create a spicy kung pao sauce derived from the Chinese cuisine. Then, the dish is topped with a fruity pico de gallo. Serve atop brown or steamed white rice. Together, the sauce and salsa not only look beautiful on a plate, but create a powerful explosion of sweet and spice in your mouth that is irresistible!
Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
Pico de gallo salsa
Kung Pao sauce
Chicken
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Make the pico de gallo salsa by combining the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and sit it in the refrigerator to keep cool and let the juices marinate.
  2. Combine the Kung Pao ingredients in a sauce pan and stir on medium heat for 15 minutes. If chicken is not done, reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Combine ingredients for the chicken in a large mixing bowl and stir well. Dip chicken in the bowl, covering well. Then put the chicken in a sauce pan on medium until nice and tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. When the chicken is done, pour the kung pao sauce on top of each serving and top with pico de gallo. Garnish with extra cilantro and lime juice if desired.
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