Upside Down Apple Pie +{Mr. Food and another Birthday}

This Upside Down Apple Pie seriously could turn me into a pie enthusiast!   This is the perfect apple pie for any occasion…..Christmas….Thanksgiving…..New Year’s Eve…..Fourth of July!  Even PT’s birthday!  That’s right, it’s PT’s birthday today!  Do you know how he gets to celebrate?  Coaching a high school basketball game!  I would say poor guy, but that is how the cookie crumbles, or in this case, the pie crumbles.  This means we will celebrate his birthday a little late, squeezing it in amongst some hockey games.  Sigh……

Paying a little respect…..

This recipe is courtesy of Mr. Food!  Do you all know who he is?  Mr. Food is Art Ginsburg, one of the first celebrity chefs to hit the airwaves, paving the way for many chefs after him.  Look at the Food Network, it has a HUGE following!  Food fascinates people, and Mr. Food was definitely one of the originals.  He favored recipes using cake mixes and canned soups, saying it was better than no home cooking at all.  Maybe Sandra Lee modeled her show {Semi-Homemade} after Mr. Food?  Mr. Ginsburg, and his famous tag-line “Ooh it’s so good” will be missed….he passed away in November of ’12….but his trademark recipes will live on…….

Upside Down Apple Pie….

Upside Down Apple Pie is Mr. Foods #1 requested recipe!   It literally landed in my lap when I was searching for a new recipe for Christmas.

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I had to make it, right?     Seriously… is #1!    Who could resist this recipe? 

It did not disappoint me at Christmas, which is why I made it again for New Year’s Eve, and now again for PT’s birthday.  I may have an affinity for cake, but PT is a serious lover of anything called apple pie.  On your birthday, you should get what your heart desires, right?

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I don’t know if flipping the pie over was an accident way back when, or Mr. Food just thought ‘what the heck’, but by doing so every nook and cranny is filled with apples.  In a normal double crusted pie, you will have tons of air between the top crust and the apples.  It is a natural process….apples mellow and relax during the baking process and don’t take up as much room as the raw apples do.  This is not the case in an upside down pie. The top crust becomes the bottom, and truly levels it out.  The crowning jewel is the pecan and brown sugar glaze that is now on top.  I mean look at it!  Isn’t it beautiful?

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You may wonder how easy it is to pull off the parchment paper, and keep everything intact.  As long as you spray the pie pan, and the parchment you will have absolutely no trouble….just pull it off at a slight angle and none of the pecans will stick to the parchment.

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Here is the pie in all its glory!  Makes you want to dive right in doesn’t it?  Even you die-hard cake fans {me…me….me} want to run out and buy the ingredients to make this!  Come on, I know you do!  If not for me….do it for Art Ginsburg…..celebrate Mr. Food!  Just think of a warm slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top……I know you can’t resist!



One Month Ago:  Cheesy Apple Pie

Two Months Ago:  Andretti’s Banana Bread

A long time ago:  Caramel Corn

Upside Down Apple Pie

Upside Down Apple Pie

Ingredients:                                  Printable Recipe

  • 6 tablespoon (3/4 stick) butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (15-ounce) package folded refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5-6 large Granny Smith; peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a deep-dish pie plate with cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Coat parchment paper with cooking spray.
2.  In a small bowl, combine 4 tablespoons butter, the brown sugar, and pecans; mix well and spread evenly over bottom of pie plate.  Unfold 1 pie crust and place it in pie plate, pressing crust firmly against nut mixture and sides of plate; set aside.
3.  In a large bowl, combine granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter; mix well. Add apples and toss gently to coat. Spoon into pie crust.
4.  Unfold second pie crust and place over apple mixture. Trim and fold edges together to seal. Using a knife, cut four 1-inch slits in top crust.
5.  Bake 1 to 1-1/4 hours, or until crust is golden.
6.  Carefully loosen waxed paper around rim and invert pie onto a serving plate while still hot. Remove waxed paper and allow to cool slightly; slice into wedges and serve warm, or allow to cool completely before serving.

Source:  Art Ginsburg @ Mr. Food

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5 thoughts on “Upside Down Apple Pie +{Mr. Food and another Birthday}

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  2. This looks amazing. Thanks for the follow on Google+ I hope you link up your recipes on my weekly linkup! I’d love to have you join in @ (posts on Fridays & you can enter each week until Thurs) I’m pinning this for apple season & can’t wait to try it!

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