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Apple Butter Pie has a 5 minute filling bursting with traditional fall flavor. A great alternative to pumpkin pie, this is one of the best apple recipes to make for the holidays!
Move over, pumpkin pie. There’s a new kid in town.
This recipe is a game changer, friends.
I came across this old recipe in my favorite cookbook and it immediately caught my eye. Apple butter is fantastically delicious to bake with (hello there, sweet rolls!) It’s genius, but it only makes sense. Pumpkin puree is slightly similar in texture to apple butter, so why not switch out the two and create a new flavor of pie?
I really wasn’t sure how this simple pie recipe was going to turn out, but once I sliced into the custard-like pie, I realized how the ingredients were so similar to pumpkin pie. Switch out the pumpkin puree, add apple butter instead and you have a pie that is full of cinnamony sweet apple flavor.
I’ve made this pie recipe a few times now and each time I’ve used a different brand of apple butter. Please realize that not all apple butter is created equally. Store-bought apple butter is a different texture than homemade, and most likely everyone’s homemade apple butter recipe has different sugar and cinnamon contents, creating even more diverse textures.
Because of this, each time I’ve baked this pie, it has come out just a little bit differently (because yes, I have three different apple butters in my fridge), but each time it has been delicious. I’d say that a thicker apple butter works best, giving it a firmer, more “pumpkin pie-like” texture.
There’s one constant, however, when making this. Use a high fat milk. It’s a must for this recipe. Whole milk is great, or you can even try evaporated milk.
Don’t have whole milk on hand? Many times we only have 1% milk. But we often have half and half or heavy whipping cream in the fridge, also. You can use part milk and part cream in order to make a thicker, high fat milk for this recipe. Please just promise you will use dairy that is not skim, 1% and even higher than 2% milkfat.
I’ll admit. I’m head over heels for that layered look. This may not happen every time you make it, again, because of the difference in apple butters and the fat content of the milk you use. It’s always a surprise slicing into this pie and seeing the beauty it bakes up to be.
Enjoy putting aside the pumpkin for a change and serving this unique apple pie.
Sorry if someone already asked. I was thinking about making mini pies in cupcake pan for easier sharing, any thoughts/recommends?
If I replaced the apple butter with pumpkin butter, do you thing any other alterations would need to be done?
I saw this on Instagram and had to check it out – it looks amazing! We just made some peach butter and I’m thinking that could be yet another variation! I’ve also got to check out that cookbook too – I love old community cookbooks!
I made the recipe as is but baked them in half pint Mason Jars! No crust! I placed a caramel at the bottom of each jar before the custard, which resulted in a triple layer! So beautiful and delicious.
I was worried the pie wouldn’t set, as the filling is quite liquidy, but it turned out perfect! I think I’m going to add this to my Thanksgiving menu!
So easy and so good!! Was worried that it wouldn’t set up because the filling is so liquidy. But trust the process… it’s so yummy!
This pie looks to have 3 layers. How does the filling bake into the three layers?
I just made this and I really enjoyed the flavor and the custard consistency.
Just made this and it’s wonderful!
Apple Butter Pie?! Yes. Please. I have fond memories of my grandma’s homemade apple butter; I love this new take on using it in a dessert!
Looks awesome! Are the layers more likely with higher milk fat content? Would love to know how to make the effect more likely.
Can you use buttermilk or heavy cream instead of 2% milk?
Not Great at all… way too liquidity going in and 100% cannot each at room temp or its mush. If you’re going to do this, refrigerate overnight and serve with whip cream. Will never make this version again.
Super apple butter recipe-thanks so much!
Hi – your recipe begs for asking you for your best apple butter recipe that fits this recipe – great idea – thanks so much!