{Collegiate Meals} Stovetop Apple Pie

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Introduction: {Collegiate Meals} Stovetop Apple Pie

About: Engineer making renewable energy products for African entrepreneurs.

Have not an oven? No need to fret! Here's a no bake pie that doesn't require pudding and has all the baked in flavor and smell of a traditionally baked pie!

Also involved in this pie that oozes awesome:
jessyratfink- for the filling know how
lamedust - for the general awesomeness
Joshf - for the insatiable lust of pie just prior to making pie, and for cutting his finger with an ikea knife and for crushing cookies with the bloody hand

This pie was delicious. While I can't predict the future (and there's some awesomely good competition), I promise, if this project wins, that I'll use the Pie bible and send it to one of my co-conspirators as long as s/he promises to do the same.

Step 1: Ingredients

You'll need

Exactly this much apple (about 4-5 apples) - chopped as shown
1 Pie Crust - pre-made (no bake, of course)
Butter to coat apples
Sugar - to taste plus a tiny bit for sweetness
A little cinnamon
Vanilla Wafers OR Graham Crackers (I recommend the latter)

The units of measurement here are relative ;)

Step 2: Filling

The filling for this pie is quite easy - basically, your typical apple pie filling.

Place your butter in a pan and allow to melt. Next throw in all of your apples. Don't worry - it will reduce as it cooks.

Add sugar, and a little water. Cinnamon is a great idea too ;)

Stir occasionally over medium heat.

Step 3: Making a Top "Crust"

So apply pie really needs a top crust... But, we can't bake anything :(

So here's a mock crust.

Gram some graham crackers (or vanilla wafers or other light/crumbly and tasty cookie) and crush. Josh demonstrates his pot mortar and hand pestle method.

Crush as finely as possible.

Step 4: Continue to Stir Apples

At this point, the apples should be reducing - and releasing juicy fluids.

Continue to stir until the liquid starts to caramelize (light brown in color).

Here I am, washing a pot while jessyratfink continues the slow apple cooking process.


If you feel your filling is too runny - mix a bit of cornstarch in a little bit of water - then mix into the pan. If you don't have cornstarch, try flour. This will thicken up the mixture to that familiar goop-like viscosity.

Step 5: Assembly

Grab your pre-made crust and start scooping in your filling - be sure to pack it in well.

It turns out that Jessy is a master measuring eyeballer and chopped just enough apples for our cause.

Top with the crushed graham cracker (or other cookie) and gently tap with the bottom end of a spoon.

Step 6: Serve

Serve with ice cream for the ultimate pie and ice cream experience.

After all, what's pie and ice cream without ice cream?


For the record - that's homemade ice cream... Gnarly bad homemade strawberry ice cream.

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    -looks over at dozen apples in dining room-

    I'm making this NOW! :D


    Wonderful instructable. :)
    I could most likely use it when I go off to college too this fall.

    This pie can be made on the road and when camping i made something like it long time ago when i was in the shelter we loved it

    you can make by crushing graham crackers and adding sugar and melted butter.  mix completely at pat down on your preferred container!   hope this helps! ~Kristine Wolf

    I have used a plain tortilla for the crust and it works great!! if you do not mind the extra fat calories, brush the tortilla on both sides with some melted butter, or just use a knife and butter it all over, then into a baking dish smaller than the tortilla (so that it makes sides to hold the filling). I have had severe sceptics about the tortilla try it and be amazed.

    i just want to say that this is one of the best recipes ive found on this site to date. i usually dont comment much, but i love this recipe. so simple, yet so delicious. you can impress practically anyone with this recipe, its genius! i will use this recipe forever! you rule!!

    This recipe looks awesome! My apartment doesn't have an oven, and I LOVE baking. I'm definitely trying this recipe!

    Another thing you could use to top the pie with is a crumb toping, like a struessel. Use butter, plain quick cook oats, and brown sugar. Melt the butter and add the sugar and quick oats cook to soften the oats and firm up the mixture - you may have to play with this to get it just right. Enjoy

    I love reading all your collegiate meals Instructables! They are always so creative. I love hearing great problem solving which embrace working around restrictions. Thanks!

    nice the best part is that none of the ingredients need to be refrigerated so i can make this when i go camping

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    Great idea... I liked the recipe before, but now that I read that comment I'll have to pass it on to some friends!

    Yay! I'm happy to see this up!

    By the way, my friend George has a nice name for this, because she made something similar - Apple Crap. I think I'll be calling it that from now on. :D

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    In a similar vein, there's a cake recipe called "Dump Cake" because it involves dumping a can of pre-made fruit filling into a pan, and then dumping made-from-mix cake batter on top of that =)

    Haha, your homemade ice cream looks like dry ice pellets. I made rum and raisin ice cream once in college. It was a bit grainy but tasted good, but I wasn't prepared for how strong half a cup of rum in a gallon of dairy products tasted. College being what it is, someone found it in the shared dorm freezer and ate the rest.

    that looks very good, but I think that is closer to a cobbler+bottom crust than a pie, maybe(if I'm wrong,feel free to correct me)