Apple Pie in the Apple

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My mother sent me a picture of this delicious encapsulated dessert: an apple containing its own spiced innards, capped with a cute lattice-topped pie crust. I had to try it. (And, being me, I looked at a picture but completely neglected the accompanying directions- though skimming them now, I think my way is easier.)

But a week or so went by, and I still hadn't made the pie. I live in a dorm, so I don't have the spice rack I wanted to do it justice. And then one of my suitemates brought in these beautiful, gigantic, delicious-smelling apples. So this evening, I decided it was time. And I made do with what I had around, which turned out to be pretty good after all: I chai-spiced the interior, and improvised a thick espresso crust.

When I set out to make this, I was really just going for the visual effect. But I've been so much more pleased with the flavor and consistency of the pie. It is the baked apple, reinvented. The taste is sweet, fresh, natural, healthy even. And it was surprisingly easy to do. A++, will cook again.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Pie Crust (here's the one I normally make, but I improvised this one- more on that in the Crust step)

Step 2: Take the Top Off

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Score a smallish hole at the top of the apple.
Use a smaller knife than the one I've pictured, if you can.
Carve a conical section out, so that you can remove the top.

Step 3: Scoop it Out

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Use a combination of a small knife and a spoon to scoop out the interior of the apple.
Spoon the meat of the apple into a bowl, separating out the not-so-delicious seeds and sharp bits of the core.
Be careful not to make the walls of the apple too thin- they are your structural support!
You might find a grapefruit spoon helpful. I didn't have one, but wished I had.
bwsandman made it!5 months ago
opalz72 years ago
im going to make these for thanks giving!
ehudwill2 years ago
Great idea! I love it.
taransa2 years ago
Awesome! And my golly that is a huge apple :D
Omg, why didn't you tell me you were making these?! It looks awesome!
Renee!2 years ago
Whoa! I never would have thought of that. Cool idea!
chefsea2 years ago
Love it, good work and you have a great mother!
ectadie2 years ago
this is awesome! definitely going to make it this year!
Very clever :)
scoochmaroo2 years ago
poofrabbit2 years ago
Move over Martha Stewart! SelkeyMoonbeam is in the house! Wow, seriously this is awesome well done!
Unbelievably awesome... Featured!