Grilled Apple Pie – Grandma Ople’s Original Apple Pie
I have been experimenting with my new gas grill this summer, and the idea to make grilled apple pie came to me as I was thinking of new and interesting recipes for the fourth of July. I Googled grilled pie, and found that other people have done it too. Its so much fun to experiment like this. And its really fun to share these experiments with my readers. Unfortunately, you won’t get to taste the end result of the grilled apple pie, so you will have to try it yourself and let me know how it turned out for you.
Why Grill Pie
So why make pie on a grill? Well, why not? It is July and the house is 300 degrees right now. If I want to make a pie I need to find other ways to bake it other than my oven. I have made pies over a campfire before, but the problem with that is that we also have a burn ban going on in my area, so my gas grill just seemed like a logical choice. I decided to stick with the traditional all-American apple pie to celebrate the fourth of July holiday.
The trick to making a grilled apple pie is to do it with indirect heat so that the bottom of the pan does not burn. I tried making the pie on top of a muffin pan to catch any drippings, and to keep the bottom from burning. I don’t suggest this method because the bottom did not cook enough. Just put the pie on the grill over indirect heat, and maintain the suggested temperature. This will let the heat circulate around the pie without scorching the bottom. The other thing to remember is to check the pie about half way through and turn it a half turn so that it can bake evenly if needed. If you want to make sure you catch any drippings, just place a sheet of foil under the pie. Make sure you either cut slits in the pie or use a pie bird as I did to let the pie vent.
The original recipe for this apple pie on All Recipes.com. I altered it a bit to include some nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. I also thought it would be interesting to add a little ginger to the pie filling, which turned out really good. Next time I make grilled apple pie, I plan serving it with a caramel sauce and some ice cream. Grandma Ople may not be my grandmother, but she makes a hell of a pie. You should really try this recipe!
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Grilled Apple Pie
Bake your next apple pie on the grill and enjoy those delicious fall apples in style.
- 2 9 inch pie crusts
- 1/2 c unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 1/2 c packed brown sugar
- 1/4 c water
- 1/2 tsp ginger (optional)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 8 medium Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced thin
Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. Cover with a lattice work crust or another crust for the top. If using another crust, cut slits in the top crust or use a pie bird.
Bake one the grill over indirect heat for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F, and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.