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Hungry Girl Today: 04.19.11
CHEW THE RIGHT THING
HG's Gooey-Good Fuji Apple Pie
Pie One On!
As much as we love our individual pie pockets, there's just something special about cutting into a huge homemade apple pie. And our Gooey-Good Fuji Apple Pie ROCKS, any way you slice it! However, we do suggest the standard 8-slice method...
1 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal
2 sheets (8 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers, broken into pieces
3 tbsp. granulated white sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
6 - 8 Fuji apples (enough to yield 8 cups once sliced)
1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. granulated white sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep-dish pie pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
To make the crust, place cereal and graham cracker pieces in a blender or food processor, and grind to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add white sugar and cinnamon, mix well, and set aside.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter with 2 tbsp. water. Microwave for 15 seconds, or until just melted. Add to the medium bowl and stir contents until thoroughly mixed. Evenly distribute crust mixture along the bottom of the pie pan. Using your hands or a flat utensil, firmly press mixture into the edges and up along the sides of the pan to form the crust.
Bake crust in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Set oven to 375 degrees. Peel, core, and thinly slice 8 cups' worth of apples. Set aside.
In a large nonstick pot on the stove, combine all ingredients for the filling except apples and optional topping. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water and mix until ingredients have dissolved. Add apples and stir. Bring to medium-high heat and, stirring frequently, cook until liquid has thickened and apples have softened, 12 - 15 minutes.
Carefully transfer filling to the crust in the pan, and smooth out the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven until apples are very tender, 20 - 25 minutes.
Allow pie to cool and set completely. Cut into 8 slices and, if you like, top each serving with a generous squirt of Reddi-wip. Enjoy!
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8th of pie)
PointsPlus® value 4*
HG Alternative! Want to save even more calories? Use granulated Splenda No Calorie Sweetener instead of granulated white sugar. Just swap equal amounts! Each slice will then have 138 calories, 31.5g carbs, 17.5g sugars, and a PointsPlus® value of 4*. Hooray for options!
Apple Pie, Average
One Bad Apple...
Pie is downright irresistible. There's just something about it that's so intensely inviting. It's as if it actually says to you, "Oh, hi! Several people have already enjoyed me... Wanna grab a slice? I'm not gonna be around forever!" Yes, we know food doesn't ACTUALLY talk (most of the time), but the psychological lure of pie is undeniable. Unfortunately, the high stats of most fruit pies are unavoidable -- the buttery crust, the sugary goo... Sigh. The beautiful thing about our new pie is that it's sliceable (in that classic pie way), it's spiced to perfection (with just the right amount of cinnamon), and it won't bog you down with unnecessary fat and calories (because, after all, it is an HG recipe). P.S. Low calorie counts = more room in your caloric budget for scoops of fat-free ice cream. Use your head -- indulge wisely!
Serving Size: 1 slice
PointsPlus® value 12*
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