I admit, after reading the reviews, I did do some things a bit different. Most reviews said to add cinnamon, etc., so I did in the amounts I would normally put in an apple pie. I did mix the syrup with the apples first, saving some to glaze the crust. It got very thick...but it may be I was slow. I really should try it again without the spices, but I just can't imagine apple pie with no cinnamon. I also cooked it about 20 minutes longer than it lists, as the apples just didn't want to get soft and we don't like crunchy apple pie.
The pie is very good. I'm giving it 4 stars though because it tasted just like the pie I usually make, which is also very good. Thinking about it, the ingredients are very similar to what I use, only I use less flour and butter. The main difference is this one is harder to make with boiling of the syrup, etc., than is my usual recipe where I just put the spices and sugar on the apples. Also, 1/2 cup of butter instead of the two tablespoons I usually use, for no discernable taste difference, seems like a waste of calories - apple pie is fattening enough.
If anyone cares, my recipe is 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 2 T flour and 2 T melted butter and 1 T lemon (optional), just toss it all together, put it in a shell and bake it. I can't remember the exact time and temp, but it's pretty standard. I brush the top with butter and sprinkle with sugar toward the end.
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I admit, after reading the reviews, I did do some things a bit different. Most reviews said...