Who says you can’t have your pie and eat it too… in lasagna form? Now, this isn’t just your typical lasagna nor is it your classic apple pie. This creative dessert layers sweet, spiced apple filling, cream cheese, and crumbled cookies. It’s like apple pie and cheesecake had a beautiful dessert baby, making it a must-try dessert.
Why the Hype Around Apple Pie Lasagna?
It’s not often that a dish comes along that has everyone talking, but that’s exactly what our Apple Pie Lasagna is doing. It’s a funky fusion of Italian and American comfort foods. It’s a tasty testament to the saying, “As American as apple pie”, but with a deliciously decadent twist. 🍏🍝🎉
What makes this dish so special? Imagine biting into a layer of creamy cheese sandwiched between juicy, cinnamon-spiced apples and topped with crunchy, buttery cookie crumbs. It’s the kind of dessert that tickles your tongue and leaves you reaching for seconds. And thirds. And… you get the point. 😉
Cooking Tips and Techniques
Ready to become the neighborhood dessert legend? Let’s dive into the cooking tips. First, don’t skimp on the apples. You want enough to give each layer a good amount of filling. Second, take the time to soften the cream cheese. This will ensure that it spreads easily and evenly. Finally, for that delectable crumble, don’t just crush the cookies. Instead, pulse them in a food processor to get the perfect crumb size. 👩🍳👨🍳
Creating this fusion masterpiece requires the right tools. Here are some must-have products available on Amazon that will make your Apple Pie Lasagna cooking adventure a breeze:
- Apple Peeler and Corer: A kitchen tool that can peel, core, and slice apples in one go.
- Food Processor: Essential for pulsing cookies to get the perfect crumb size.
- Non-Stick Lasagna Pan: To ensure your dessert layers come out perfectly without sticking.
- Electric Hand Mixer: Makes softening and blending the cream cheese a piece of cake.
- Cinnamon Spice Grinder: Freshly grind cinnamon for that extra aroma and flavor.
- Heat Resistant Spatulas: Perfect for spreading and layering the creamy cheese.
- Decorative Dessert Plates: Serve your Apple Pie Lasagna in style with these elegant plates.
Apple Pie LasagnaCourse: DessertCuisine: American
A heavenly fusion of apple pie and cheesecake layered into a mouth-watering lasagna. It’s the dessert everyone’s talking about!
5 large apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups cream cheese, softened
2 cups of cookie crumbs
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
A pinch of salt
- Combine apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld.
- In a square baking dish, spread a thin layer of cream cheese.
- Add a layer of the apple mixture on top of the cream cheese.
- Sprinkle a layer of cookie crumbs over the apples.
- Repeat with another layer of cream cheese, apple mixture, and cookie crumbs.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the top layer of cookie crumbs is golden brown.
- Choose tart apples like Granny Smith for the best flavor.
- Feel free to customize your cookie crumbs – graham crackers or ginger snaps work great.
- Allow the lasagna to cool before serving to let the layers set.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this Apple Pie Lasagna ahead of time?
Yes! In fact, it’s even better when made ahead as it allows the flavors to really meld together. Just assemble it, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it. When you’re ready to serve, bake it as instructed.
What type of apples should I use for this recipe?
Granny Smith apples are the best for this recipe due to their tartness, which complements the sweetness of the other ingredients. However, you can use any apple variety you prefer or have on hand.
Can I use store-bought apple pie filling?
You can, but nothing beats the flavor of fresh apples. If you’re short on time, though, store-bought filling is an acceptable substitute.
How should I store leftovers?
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. You can reheat it in the oven or enjoy it cold – it’s delicious either way!