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Apple Pie Monkey Bread — The Skinny Fork by Gordon Ramsay

Apple Pie Monkey Bread — The Skinny Fork



Ever use want a piece of pie for breakfast? Now you can have it! This Apple Pie Monkey Bread is a winning combination of the flavors of apple pie and the ease of monkey bread. If you haven’t had monkey bread before, it’s basically a fun way to have a pull-apart breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

You can make it all sorts of fun ways. I’ve made everything from Pumpkin Spice to a savory Bacon, Egg & Cheese version! I decided to go with an apple pie theme this time since apple pie can be a Fall favorite, or even a year round treat. I mean, do you really need an excuse to have apple pie?

CREAMY BANANA PECAN PIE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

CREAMY BANANA PECAN PIE - Butter with a Side of Bread


Creamy Banana Pecan Pie combines two classic pies into one delicious dessert! This simple banana pie recipe is made in a pecan crust, with fresh bananas sandwiched between two creamy layers.

Creamy Banana Pecan Pie combines two classic pies into one delicious dessert! This simple banana pie recipe is made in a pecan crust, with fresh bananas sandwiched between two creamy layers.

Creamy Banana Pecan Pie is a must-make recipe for your next special occasion. The perfect pie for the holidays! I like pecans, but have always felt like pecan pie is just a little bit too pecan-ish for me. And banana pie is always a great idea as well, but it’s so much better with a little crunch and the flavor of the pecans.

Banana Pie in a homemade pecan crust

You do have to bake the crust, but it is one of the easiest pie crusts ever! All you need is flour, butter and finely chopped pecans. Once the crust is baked, the rest of the pie is completely no-bake and comes together in just a few minutes. Easy pie recipe that will have all of your guests begging for seconds!

Ingredients in banana pecan pie

Ingredients in Banana Pecan Pie

Flour – Regular all-purpose flour works wonderfully for making the crust.

Butter -Real butter works best and it definitely needs to be softened to room temperature. Can’t have a pie crust without some type of fat to hold it all together. And make it taste amazing too!

Pecans – You want these to be finely chopped. Pecans are pretty soft, so you should be able to easily chop them with a knife or chopper, but you can also smash them with a mallet. You can use a blender or a food processor, but you probably only need to pulse it a few times. You don’t want the pecans to turn into flour!

Cream cheese – Any variety will work. You can use regular cream cheese, or a low-fat or non fat version. Just make sure to soften the cream cheese before adding to the mixture so that it will mix smoothly.

Powdered sugar – Easier to just buy powdered sugar, but if you are out, you can make your own in a pinch. Just place regular granulated sugar in a blender and blend until it looks like powdered sugar!

Cool Whip – 8 oz. container of non-dairy whipped topping, regular or non-fat. Can use stabilized whipped cream instead (directions below).

Bananas – Barely ripe bananas work best. You want them to be firm, but not too green either! The recipe calls for 3 large bananas, but you can use 4-5 small ones too!

Instant vanilla pudding mix – Just one small box. You can use sugar-free if you’d like, but I prefer the regular kind. If you want a stronger banana flavor, you can use instant banana pudding instead.

Milk – I use 2% because that’s what I have, but you can swap in pretty much any variety of milk. 1%, skim, almond milk, soy milk, whole milk….it all works fine!

How to make banana pie with a pecan crust

How to make Creamy Banana Pecan Pie

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine flour, butter and 1 cup of pecans until well mixed. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9″ pie plate. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together. Fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip. Spread over the cooled crust.

Arrange sliced bananas on top.

In another bowl, whisk the pudding mix and milk. Immediately pour over the bananas. Top with the remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with chopped pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Banana pecan pie

Creamy Banana Pecan Pie

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Course: pie

Cuisine: American

Keyword: creamy banana pecan pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans + more for garnish on top
  • 8 oz. pkg cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed and divided
  • 3 large firm bananas, sliced
  • 1 pkg 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/3 cups cold milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Combine flour, butter and 1 cup of pecans until well mixed. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9″ pie plate. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely.

  • In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together. Fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip. Spread over the cooled crust.

  • Arrange sliced bananas on top.

  • In another bowl, whisk the pudding mix and milk. Immediately pour over the bananas. Top with the remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with chopped pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Slice of creamy banana pecan pie

CAN YOU REPLACE THE COOL WHIP IN PIE?

If you can’t find Cool Whip where you live or you prefer not to use it in recipes, you can use stabilized whipped cream instead. If you just use regular whipped cream, the consistency will be too light and the cream will not hold up very well when mixed into the cream cheese layer. It’s very simple to make your own stabilized whipped cream and it just takes a few minutes!

To make stabilized whipped cream, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar and vanilla until soft and smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream just until soft peaks form.
  3. Add the cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream and beat until stiff peaks are formed. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

A little tip for making whipped cream faster. Use a metal bowl for whipping the cream and place the bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you make the whipped cream. This will significantly decrease the amount of time that you will need to beat the whipped cream – the process will go much faster!

Slice of banana pie with pecan crust and pecans on top

HOW TO SOFTEN CREAM CHEESE

You can soften cream cheese by simply letting it sit on the countertop for 2-3 hours, until it comes to room temperature. Using room temperature cream cheese is vital. I don’t know if you are like me but I always forget to take the cream cheese out of the fridge! An easy way to soften the cream cheese is to use the defrost function on your microwave. Place the cream cheese, unwrapped, in a bowl, then select the lowest setting on defrost. Mine usually takes about 45 seconds. That’s it! Then proceed with the recipe.

Dessert made with pecans and bananas

Creamy Banana Pecan Pie combines two classic pies into one delicious dessert! This simple banana pie recipe is made in a pecan crust, with fresh bananas sandwiched between two creamy layers.

Creamy Banana Pecan Pie combines two classic pies into one delicious dessert! This simple banana pie recipe is made in a pecan crust, with fresh bananas sandwiched between two creamy layers.

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE - Butter with a Side of Bread


Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust.

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

Apple Pie is just one of those desserts that never gets old. Especially in the fall. And this Caramel Apple Pie is one of my all-time favorite versions of this classic dessert.

The bottom crust of the pie is a traditional pie crust but instead of a regular pie crust on top, there is a crunchy topping made with butter, brown sugar, oats and pecans. I absolutely love the flavor and the crunch just adds so much texture and dimension to the apple pie. Drizzle some caramel on top and this pie is absolute perfection. And it’s so easy to make too!

Apple pie with caramel and crunchy oat topping

What apples are best in apple pie?

Granny Smith apples are the best apples for apple pies. They are tart and crisp and tend to have less moisture than many other apples which is important because you don’t want a soggy pie!

Ingredients in crunchy apple pie recipe

Ingredients in Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Filling:

1/2 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

6-8 cups apples, thinly sliced and peeled (Granny Smiths are the best for pies!)

1 unbaked pie crust

Butter, oat and brown sugar topping for apple pie

Topping:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup butter, cold

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Apple filling in apple pie recipe

How to make a Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the unbaked pie crust in a pie plate and lightly press the crust on the bottom and up the sides of the dish.

To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in the apple slices and toss until they are evenly coated. Place the apple mixture into prepared pastry lined pie plate.

For the topping: Combine the brown sugar, flour and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Use a knife and fork or a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the pecans on top and drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for best results!

Crunchy caramel apple pie recipe

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6-8 cups apples thinly sliced and peeled (Granny Smiths are the best for pies!)
  • 1 unbaked pie crust

Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the unbaked pie crust in a pie plate and lightly press the crust on the bottom and up the sides of the dish.

  • To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in the apple slices and toss until they are evenly coated. Place the apple mixture into prepared pastry lined pie plate.

  • For the topping: Combine the brown sugar, flour and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Use a knife and fork or a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the pecans on top and drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for best results!

Slice of apple pie with caramel, pecan and oat topping

My pie is soggy? How to avoid a soggy apple pie!

Apple Pie isn’t too difficult to make, but one of the most common issues with apple pie is sogginess. Just knowing a few little tricks will help you to avoid this problem.

-Make sure to use a low moisture variety of apple. Granny Smith apples are the best apples to use in pies.

-You can sprinkle a little bit of flour over the crust before you add the filling and that will help to keep the crust from getting soggy because the flour will help to absorb any extra moisture from the apples.

-Use a cold crust. Once you place the crust in the pie plate, keep it in the refrigerator until just before adding the filling and then place immediately in the oven.

Slice of apple pie with crunchy oat topping

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel!

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