Nothing says Fall in Virginia apple country like an apple pie. My family is from the heart of Nelson County, VA apple country. My grandmother grew up in a farmhouse in Old Roseland. That family home washed away in Hurricane Camille, but many of the family recipes remain. They were passed down from memory, re-created onto typed pages.
A pie for today
Fast forward to 2018 and I need an apple pie recipe to pair with Hudson Henry Granola. My Mom has an old family wooden icebox, full of family recipes that span decades. The recipe for the Apple Pecan Pie was first created in Nelson County in the 1940’s and then typed and stored by my Mom in the late 1960’s. (with a few “modern” modifications, such as a pre-made pie shell and 1960’s Oleo)
I asked my Mom for help in creating the 2018 version of this family favorite. We are going to use Hudson Henry Granola as the topping—replacing the spiced pecan topping. Nelson County was rural when this recipe was created. Where did my grandmother find pecans in rural Nelson County? Once asked, she responded that pecans were only available in November and in limited supply. One had to crack and shell them to make this pie. A Thanksgiving pie that was a labor of love.
Below is our recipe for the 2018 Apple Pecan Pie—Hudson Henry Style. If you would like to make the original recipe, it is included in the photo. Of course, you will want to swap out the 1960’s Oleo for real butter.
We hope you enjoy our re-mix of this vintage Virginia pie recipe.
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- 9-Inch Unbaked Pie Shell (or your favorite pie shell recipe)
- ¼ Cup Chopped Pecans
- 6 Cups Peeled & Sliced Apples
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Flour
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
- Henry Hudson Granola Pie Topping
- 1 Bag of your favorite flavor of Henry Hudson Granola
- A hammer
- 8 Tablespoons of real butter
Sprinkle chopped pecans in bottom of pie shell
Combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Pour into pie shell
Top with Hudson Henry Granola Topping after baking the pie for 30 minutes. Continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes (Instructions to Follow for Hudson Henry topping)
Bake in the oven at 425 for a total of 40-45 minutes or until apples are tender
Henry Hudson Granola Pie Topping
Without opening the bag, use the hammer to break the granola into small pieces
Mix 8 Tablespoons of melted butter with all of the Hudson Henry Granola
Top your pie and continue to bake