Apple pie is as American as baseball, and hot apple pie is no exception. So when people think of this dessert, they imagine a nice crusty pie cooling off on the windowsill. Rolling dough, cooking apples and putting them in the oven to bake are usually hallmarks of an apple pie. So when someone suggests that you can make an apple pie without baking, it tends to make people cringe. It is as if you took the baseball out of the game and told them to play.
The truth is that a no-bake apple pie is a healthier alternative to the classic American dessert. With less sugar and having no baked crust, a no-bake apple pie is a quick healthy alternative to the regular dessert.
To make an apple pie without baking requires a little creativity to acquire the same taste as a traditional pie. Besides apples, you will need some gelatin and pudding to help this pie bond. The pudding should be the cook and serve kind. Do not use instant pudding, or else the pie will not form a mold and will be clumpy. Here's how to make a no bake pie.
Basic ingredients for a no-bake apple pie consist of:
- five medium apples peeled and sliced
- 1 ¾ cup of water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
This pie requires a few store bought items. For the shell of the apple pie that requires no baking, you will need a graham cracker crust shell. You can buy one, or you can crumble up a pack of graham crackers and mix them with two tablespoons melted butter. Whichever method you do choose, you might want to put the crust in the oven at 375 degrees for around five minutes to harden up. This might violate the no-bake apple pie rule, but it will help the crust harden. The pie can be made without baking the crust, too.
Other ingredients include a package of cook-and-serve vanilla pudding, a package of lemon gelatin, and a cup of whipped topping. Also, if you want to save even more calories, you can substitute the crust, pudding, gelatin, and whipped topping with sugar-free variants and achieve the same results.
Making the No-Bake Apple Pie
- So, to make the no-bake apple pie, combine the apples, gelatin, 1 ½ cups of water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large saucepan.
- Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for about five minutes or until apples are soft.
- Combine pudding mix and remaining water, then add to apple mixture in pan.
- Cook for about a minute until thickened.
- Pour mixture into crust and refrigerate for two hours.
Garnish with whipped topping and serve.