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French Apple Pie Recipe | No Bake, Make Ahead Desserts

French Apple Pie Recipe
This is definitely the most easiest apple pie you could ever imagine to make with a no bake pie crust that is very low in butter unlike the other baked pie crusts and what more, it can be made a day in advance when you are entertaining guests or a healthy dessert that will be waiting in the fridge for you just in case you wish to have one at any time of the day. The aroma is to die for because of the spices added and an elegant dessert that you can enjoy without an iota of guilt.

French Apple Pie

When we the Avant Garde Cookies decided to try out our hands in Pies and Tarts for this month, I wanted to make a savory one but the kids wanted a sweet one and according to them, they would be happy if I made the Chocolate Pudding Pie again but in truth it was so buttery and the I knew the guilt would be difficult to handle if I bake it once again. So made a pie crust that simply melted in the mouth when had along with fruit and spices.

French Apple Pie with No bake pie crust

French Apple No Bake Pie Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 10 mins  |  Setting time: 3 hours  | Makes: One 8″ Pie
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snacks

French Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 4
  • Digestive Biscuits – 20 to 25 Nos
  • Walnuts – 1/4 cup
  • Raisins – 1/4 cup
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Butter, melted – 4 tbsp
  • Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder – 1/8 tsp (optional)

For the Streusel topping:

  • Butter, melted – 2 tbsp
  • Walnuts – 1/4 cup
  • Brown Sugar – 2 tbsp

Instructions:

  1. Break the biscuits and process them in a food processor / mixie till it is reduced to a powder. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the melted butter and mix well. Transfer to a spring form pan and press gently with your fingers to cover the entire pan. Let it set  in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the skin of the apples and chop them fine.
  4. Heat a pan, add the chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon powder and cook over low flame for 7-10 minutes till the apples soften and caramelizes to a light brown color.
  5. Take off stove, add in nutmeg powder, chopped walnuts, raisins, mix well. Take the set pie crust out of the fridge and pour the apple mixture all over the pie base. Spread evenly.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the ingredients for the streusel topping and sprinkle all over the apple mixture.
  7. Once again let it set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight preferably.
  8. Cut, slice and serve the pie either with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

Apple Pie

Notes:

  1. I used plain marie biscuits for the base.
  2. Instead of chopping the apples, you can also slice them thinly and after cooking, arrange them in a beautiful pattern all around the pie base.
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Cantaloupe Slush Recipe

Cantaloupe Slush
A few days ago both myself and my friend went on a shopping spree and the day we chose happened to be the most hottest day on record of this year’s Summer. More than the shopping we did, we stopped at several shops selling fruit juices as the heat was just unbearable. I was so glad that we both left our kids at home. Even imagining, handling both the kids and the baggages in that unbearable hot weather makes me feel faint.
Of all the things we both gulped down on that day, the Slush was my most favorite. It was so soothing and I really kept craving for it. Finally made it last week and still the craving continues not only for me but for my kids as well as they both fell in love with this Cantaloupe Slush. I have been begged and threatened to make it on all the days for the rest of their summer holidays.
You can enjoy it either as a mid day frozen treat or as a healthy after meal dessert as either way it would make an ideal treat on a hot summer day.

Muskmelon Slush

Cantaloupe Slush Recipe

Prep time: 5 mins  |  Cook time: Nil  |  Serves: 3
Recipe Cuisine: Continental  |  Recipe Category: Dessert

Muskmelon Slush Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Cantaloupe, cubed – 2 cups
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Sugar / Honey – to taste
  • Ice cubes – 2 cups

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, place all the ingredients and pulse at regular intervals till they become mushy.
  2. Transfer to a container and place it in the freezer for 15-30  minutes. It would have set partly by now. Fluff with a fork.
  3. Spoon into individual glasses or bowls and serve immediately.

Easy Frozen treats with fruits for kids

Notes:

  1. You can use any or a combination of fruits like banana, chikoos, ice apples, mango, strawberries etc., In short any soft and mushy fruit would be ideal.
  2. If you want to serve immediately, you can also freeze the fruits before hand.