I have wanted to make pie for quite a while now, but when you’re staying in a homeless shelter, well, it can be a challenge. I had some apples from the trees in the back. I then bought raspberries. I found a can of peaches in fruit juice in my canned goods and I was all set.
I had purchased gluten-free, frozen pie crusts, but you can make your own homemade ones if you choose. I just thought homemade pie crust at a shelter? No thank you! So, instead, I bought Kinnikinnick gluten-free pie crusts in the frozen food section of my local Woodman’s. They are 9″.
I also had a bit of a snafu. While making the pie filling, I discovered that the corn starch that I had bought for thickening the pie filling (I don’t have my tapioca starch right now) was missing. I prayed to find it and searched everywhere. No dice. So, I’m thinking this is what God wants – to have me use something else. Well…ok. You’re in charge here, God. So, you take it!
Did He answer? Oh yes He did! My eyes fell on our shoebox tote of gelatin and puddings. Hmmm… pudding? Ok, Lord. I’ll trust you and try it. This, I think, was the most delicious pie I’ve ever made! It was so very delectable, I can’t even use words to describe it. You’ll have to try it yourself! Here’s the recipe:
2, 9″ pie crusts, cooked to package (or homemade) instructions
5 medium cored, pealed, and sliced apples (I would use Johnathan or McIntosh)
1 can, 14 oz. peaches in fruit juice, drained (or, if in syrup, drained and rinsed thoroughly!)
1/2 cup sugar
1, 5 oz. vanilla pudding mix that is made on the stovetop (Not instant! This is an ingredient – don’t use according to package instructions!)
To your large saucepan add the apples, raspberries, and peaches. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the mixture breaks down and starts to boil add your sugar and stir in well. Add pudding mix and stir until incorporated.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly, for about five minutes. Pour evenly into the two prepared pie crusts. Let cool. Enjoy!
If you can’t wait to try this awesome pie, you could eat it right away. The filling won’t set up super well, but it will still taste awesome, and isn’t that what’s most important when it comes to pie?