Sunday, September 23, 2018
Are you watching season two of Netflix's Ozark? I am, sort of. It's so contrived and crazy, but hard to get off the rollercoaster. The lives of Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) are so frenetic and stressful, one wonders why criminals (most of whom are very smart) just don't get regular jobs.
Ozark Pie (probably named for the geographic region of its origin) is a simple apple confection, and not really a pie at all. It's just that it's baked in a pie plate. It is more than the sum of its parts. Favorite son-in-law loved the brown sugar -- but there's no brown sugar. It's just that the white sugar caramelizes so beautifully. It is really delicious, uses ingredients you probably already have and so easy to make. I'll bet it's something that Ozark's Ruth (or more likely her grandmother -- this is a vintage recipe ) would whip up in a minute.
The mis en place is below. Cinnamon, egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, nuts and apples.
I love recipes where one is instructed to dump everything in a bowl and mix. Not only is it easy, but clean up is a snap. For this, first beat the egg in the bowl, and add all the other ingredients (save the nuts and apples).
The mixture will be very thick.
Add the nuts and apples. It will seem that there's insufficient batter to cover these, but worry not.
See? Everything is beautifully coated.
Dump the entire mixture into a pie pan. I didn't grease the pan but you can give it a spray of PAM, mostly to aid clean up. I used an 8-inch pie plate.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, depending on your oven. As you can see below, the "slices" are removed from the pan like pie, but will not hold their shape when plated.
Vintage recipe card below. I followed the instructions exactly. I used two large Cortland apples, and about a cut of walnuts, and one teaspoon of cinnamon. But you can add more or less of these, depending on taste. I baked it for 35 minutes.