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Apple Pie in a Bag Crisp
I have always wanted to make some type of convenience product where people would literally open up a bag or jar and be able to take the contents, do very little and still be able to get whatever it is they are making to taste like good, homemade cooking without all the hassle. I have seen “Pecan Pie in a Jar” all over the place and I have tried them and they really just are not that good. I think it is more of a “novelty” item and something that looks cute on a shelf, not really used, baked and served. For years I have thought, on and off, how I could take that concept and really simplify it so that even the most inexperienced cook or baker could do something with it and have a successful and delicious finished product. I have experimented over the years with different products, that sold generally pretty well but I was always searching for that next big thing.
Well, being along my “Apple Pie in a Bag” idea. The contents of the frozen bag is basically made from scratch, homemade apple pie filling. That can be used for a pie, a few small mini size pies, apple crisp, applesauce, cinnamon-apple dessert or even hot ice cream topping. So many pie fillings can not be used for other things but this one can. That is what makes this one unique. Ever since posting on my Facebook page I have had so many people asking about them and several requests to share it here and on my website, so that is what I am doing. If you are interested in more information about my “Apple Pie in a Bag” send me a message on Facebook or through the contact page that is listed on my website. This stuff is so good!
Apple Pie in a Bag Crisp
Leftover crisp can be kept covered and stored at room temperature for up to a week.
2 cups white all-purpose flour
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 Apple Pie in a Bag
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.
In a large bowl combine together the white all-purpose flour, packed light brown sugar, quick cooking oats, ground cinnamon and salt.
Add in the melted butter and mix together until the mixture resembles smaller sized crumbs.
Dump in the thawed bag of Apple Pie in a Bag and spread out evenly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top.
Bake, in preheated oven, for 35-45 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool before enjoying.
Ask and Answer: Susie M. from New Castle would like to know if you could substitute the peanut butter in my chocolate and peanut butter cake, for a peanut free topping. Yes, you can! Any type of nut free butter, cookie butter, etc. will work for this recipe. Try it and enjoy!