My Grandmother was a baker at heart. Every family meal had a sweet treat or two to finish the evening. From cakes and cookies, to pies and ice cream she made a little bit of everything. One pie that I just loved was her Husker Pie, which is really an apple pie made with the little red cinnamon candy for flavor and the color. Over the years I have made this pie several times, and it is never as good as my Grandmother’s even though I am using her recipe.
Husker Pie: Just like Gramita use to make
- 2 pie crusts (top and bottom)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- 1/4-1/2 cup Red Hots cinnamon candy – or other brand
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 7 cups sliced peeled apples
- 1 tbsp butter
Preheat oven. Prepare your crusts and set aside while you make the filling. In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, flour, cornstarch, nutmeg and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or a fork. Then add the candy. Peel and slice 7 cups of apples, I like the tartness of green apples in pies. Combine the apples into the mixing bowl, and mix everything up together. Place your bottom crust into the pan then add all the filling in a heap into the bottom crust. Add top crust and seal the edges. This pie needs to vent so add slits or like I did, fun little hearts to the top.
Bake at 425, for about 50 minutes. If the edges start to get too brown, wrap the crust with foil to prevent them from being burnt before the pie is done baking.
The cinnamon candy dissolves as the pie cooks and turns the filling into pretty red color as it bakes giving the pie a very different look from other cinnamon apple pies.
I made 2 Husker Pies today! The house smells delicious and reminds me of my Grandmother.
This is not the greatest after photo but it does show the color of the filling once you have baked the Husker Pie!