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Ugly Pie

January 29, 2015
Filled with granny smith apples, chopped walnuts, raisins, and molasses - there's nothing ugly about the flavor of this delicious classic pie!

One of the things I'm most proud of myself for doing this past year is making library visits with the boys a habit in our family. This summer, I signed Wesley up for our local "1,000 books before Kindergarten" challenge. That's right, our goal is to read a whopping 1k books with him before September 2016! We're in the 200's right now so I'm hopeful we can do it! 

There are just so many benefits to getting kids interested in reading as early as possible and I have to say, the road has been long with Silas in particular! Up until this year, he really wasn't interested in books for more than 5 minutes at a time and usually when I would ask him if he wanted to read with me, his answer was "Not right now." Wesley on the other hand, was always into books and reading - even as a baby. He loved looking at the colors and the shapes and sitting with us while we read.

I have to say though, personally I LOVE the library. It's calm, peaceful, and I'm surrounded by some of my favorite things in the world: BOOKS! It helped Silas loads to see how excited I was to visit the library, and he now gets excited about our trips, too. Our local libraries offer so many fun activities for kids: toddler and preschool story times, summer "camps", Lego club, we even went a few weeks ago to a library "block party." They had bought brand new wooden blocks for the children's library and held a block party for the kids to play with them and hear stories read to them about shapes. It was a lot of fun!

On our last trip out, Wesley picked a book called "Ugly Pie" by Lisa Wheeler (*affiliate link). I was in a rush to get out and get my beloved iced coffee, this was one of the weeks where I just let them pick some random books that caught their eye. We read it that night before bed together and what an endearing book! It's about a bear who has a taste for "ugly pie" and goes around to his friends homes collecting the ingredients. Our mouths were actually watering by the end of the book and to our surprise as we turned to the last page - there was a recipe for homemade ugly pie from the author herself!

So of course the boys begged me to make it, and here she is! We all agreed that yes the ingredients were ugly, but this pie is absolutely delicious!

Ugly Pie

  • 1 pie crust
  • 6 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup finely diced walnuts
For crumb topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together apples, lemon juice, and molasses. Add in flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss to combine well. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
  2. Place pie crust into a deep dish pie plate. Fill with apple filling.
  3. For topping, place flour, cold butter, and brown sugar in a deep bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, combine until you have coarse crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over pie.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

It's REALLY hard to wait until this pie cools completely, but it holds together much better that way. Of course if you have no will power (like me, haha), just top it with some vanilla ice cream and call it a day!

Here are some more of my favorite pie recipes:

Pastor's Wife Apple Crumb Pie

Mint Oreo Pudding Pie

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6 comments on "Ugly Pie"
  1. This pie may be called "ugly" but goodness do I just love the combo of all those special ingredients and flavors! I will definitely be making this pie for my family! ....along with checking out that cute book! :-)

  2. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomJanuary 30, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

  3. I can't bake to save my life, but this pie sounds amazing!! My sister is the baker in the family and I will have to pass this one on to her :)

  4. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomFebruary 3, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Oh I bet you could pull this one off, Rebecca - it's really easy!

  5. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomFebruary 3, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I think you would too! :D