Are You Curious About Apple Pie Baked In A Bag? {Cook The Books Club}


October 26, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Pie-apple-baked-in-a-bagAre You Curious About Apple Pie Baked In A Bag? {Cook The Books Club}

I know I was and S-Q-U-E-A-L-E-D with delight when I S-L-O-W-L-Y but carefully snipped the parchment paper and realized I had just baked an apple pie in a bag!

I KNOW you are used to me S-Q-U-E-A-L-I-N-G by now and don’t say I did not warn you should you ever come to visit or experience my fun-filled cooking and baking adventures in my kitchen!

First of all, I’d like to thank Simona from briciole for hosting the October/November Book Pick: That Ace in the Hole by Annie Prioulx as part of Cook The Books; a fun reading and cooking challenge where you get to meet new friends along the way who enjoy sharing and caring!

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My name is Joanne aka Joanna aka mickeydownunder aka FANG, and I have a confession today!

Annie Proulx is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, and while I enjoyed her characters from the book that “almost” came alive to me, That Old Ace In The Hole was difficult for me to read and enjoy, but nevertheless, I was “up to the challenge.”

There is nothing wrong with the book per se and I will chalk it up to how my mind thinks; sometimes thinking of 17 things at a time, so I was really not in the reading mood for a “sometimes very slow plot,” “sometimes bouncing back and forth with the plot,” and “sometimes quite boring,” but I always enjoy learning new things and being introduced to “books, cooks and all things food related” that I may not have been to previously.

“The recipe aspect of That Old Ace In The Hole EXCITED me!”

In a nutshell, Bob Dollar (his character name) is employed by Global Pork Grind Corporation, a multinational company emplys Bob to “scout sites” for hog farming in the Texas Panhandle.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the Texas Panhandle, it is made up of “the top 26 counties” in the northernmost part of Texas in the United States.

Texas-Panhandle                                           Image Courtesy of Wiki

The area is bordered by Oklahoma to the North and East and New Mexico by the South and West.

While some may suggest this region got its name because it “looks like a panhandle,” others may suggest the region got its name “because of how close it is” to the panhandle of Oklamhoma.

For now, the origins of the Panhandle, will remain a mystery to me; only to say there are other Panhandles in other U.S. states too!


So was I as I continued my way through That Old Ace in The Hole.

Needless to say, and anyone who has experienced “being an outsider” in small-town American will know, the locals were not buying or “buying into” anything Bob Dollar had to say!

Bob goes to work locally with “farmers down on their luck,” in order to try and manipulate them into “coming around and thinking his way!”; basically “the big company coming into an area” and wanting to do what THEY want to do, “trying to take advantage of the farmers and locals.”

This scenario in my opinion has been played out in books and movies more than enough!

But have I shared, the fictional name of the town Bob works in is called Woollybucket which is an actual name of a tree series?

And have I shared Bob worked at the Woolybucket’s Old Dog Restaurant; both places you can use your imagination to create in your mind; I liked that!

I hope you are staying with me as “like in the book,” it (like this blog post) has a good ending!

Bob moves into an old bunkhouse on a local historian’s ranch house; LeVon Franks is the character in the book I’d most like to meet!

Anyone who has experienced living in an small, rural country town, would know “the locals have their own way of viewing the world.”; not a bad thing, but makes country living unique and there is something to be said about that in my opinion with all the craziness in the world today.

For the locals, The Panhandle is a “way of life for them,” and they will protect “at all costs,” anything and anyone who threatens their land, their community, especially community spirit.

Without spoiling the entire rest of the plot, That Old Ace in The Hole is actually local Ace Crouch, a lifetime repairer of windmills.

Ace helps Bob Dollar (remember him?), help himself to experience life in a different way other than what he was born and raised into and subsequently manipulated (into thinking the way others want him to) instead of staying true to his instincts and what good is left in Bob Dollar.

Texas-ranch-windmill            Image shared via As a Linguist via Jack Parrott via Flickr

An excerpt from the book:
“On Tuesday afternoons the Round Robin Baptist Bible Quilt Circle gathered at the house of one of the quilters. It was LeVon’s turn after many months, and all day Monday she cooked and baked treats and…”

Our host Simona shared:
“There are no recipes in the novel, but many dishes are mentioned and I hope that some elements of the story will inspire you. “

I “imagined” myself as one of the quilters like I was with Princess Svetlana in Are You Curious About The Treasure Of The Food Princess?, and started salivating for Apple Pie!

If you haven’t read my previous post, I would welcome you to do.

Please don’t say I didn’t warn you to bring tissues as is a beautiful story about unending love and friendship.

When I opened my What’s On The List folder, I saw I had The Hungry Quilter‘s Apple Pie in a Bag recipe that was perfect and have always wanted to try baking an apple pie in a bag!

The Hungry Quilter wrote “The recipe is from an out-of-print Keepsake Quilting Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.”

Sounded like fun and it was!

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Chef Georgio gave it two thumbs up as it really did work, was moist and best of all, I adapted the recipe for my food lifestyle using Naturally Sweet Xylitol, making the pie sugarles and “healthy as can be!”

Sugarless Apple Pie in a Bag
Are you curious how healthy baking an Apple Pie in a bag can be?
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 8 - 10
  • 6 large baking apples
  • ½ cup Naturally Sweet Xyltiol
  • 2 tablespoons self-raising flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon. (see Notes)
  • 1½ cups self-rising flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt; feel free to substitute
  • 2 teaspoons Naturally Sweet Xylitol
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup [b]Naturally Sweet Xylitol[/b]
  • ½ cup, self-raising flour, sifted
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • oil spray (optional)
  • Baking paper
  • Staples
  1. Peel, cored and slice apples; place in a large bowl; see Notes
  2. To sliced apples, add ½ cup Xylitol, 2 tablespoons self-raising flour and cinnamon; combine well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 1½ cups self-raising sifted flour, salt and 2 teaspoons Xylitol; add oil and milk; combine well.
  4. In an oil sprayed pie plate of your choice, press above mixture above with your hands.
  5. Add the slices apples.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine ½ cup Xylitol, ½ cup sifted self-raising flour and melted butter; mix well.
  7. Spread mixture with hands over top of apples.
  8. Wrap pie (horizontally and vertically) with baking papers and secure ends with a staple gun; feel free to suggest any other way to properly secure ends.
  9. Cut several slits in the top with a sharp knife.
  10. Pre heat oven to 200C.
  11. Place apple pie on the middle rack in the oven.
  12. Bake for 1 hour.
  13. Remove pie and let pie cook in the bag for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  14. Slowly and carefully cut the top of the pie, slice and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from original recipe from Keepsake Quilting Cookbook.
Feel free to substitute sugar for xylitol.
Free free to substitute all spice for cinnamon.
For faster peeling, cut 4 cheeks off of apples; peels A LOT quicker saving time.

 Hands up, who would like a slice now?

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What’s YOUR favorite pie?

Do YOU like it plain or with ice cream?

Do YOU think baking this apple pie in a bag was fun?

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38 thoughts on “Are You Curious About Apple Pie Baked In A Bag? {Cook The Books Club}

  1. What a beautiful pie and how fun that it came from a paper bag. It would be fun to open up at the table for a party. 😉 I found the book a bit of a challenge to read in the beginning but I really got into it by the end.

  2. Very cool! I’ve never seen apple pie in a bag! I had a tough time with the book too!

  3. eliotthecat says:

    What a appropriate book for tin round. I loved song of the food mentioned from the quilting circle. My grandmother made a pie like his in an acts grocery bag.

  4. It seems it was a difficult book for many of us but only for reading. When it came to picking out food to make it was a breeze!!! Love your pie in a bag!

    • Thanks Wendy for stopping by and it is always great to be introduced to something new that at the time might seem like an obstacle, but am glad we all accomplished the task on hand this month too!

  5. Simona says:

    I enjoyed reading your post, Joanne. Your good humour is contagious. Glad you enjoyed the ride, so to speak. And the recipe is so interesting. I’ll certainly try one day. Thank you so much for participating in this edition of Cook the Books.

  6. crispycook says:

    I really enjoyed your commentary about the book. And I’m sure Bob would have very much enjoyed tucking into this pie!

  7. This looks great! I tried to read the book. Twice. And it just didn’t grab me…or inspire me. I may try again this weekend. Or I might just skip this round.

  8. Hi Joanne! Your wonderful Apple Pie baked in a bag has been featured at Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party at Moore or Less Cooking!!



  9. The Old Ace in the Hole sounds like an interesting book – but i like your sugarless Apple Pie even better! It’s so interesting how you baked it and it looks absolutely delicious, Joanne 🙂 Than kyou for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  10. Love the recipe Joanne, and I would definitely want to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this weekend. I’ve pinned/shared.

    G’day! Have a great weekend.

  11. Jessica says:

    Hey! I just wanted to stop by and tell you thank you for linking up at the Sparkles of Inspiration party and YOU have been FEATURED!

  12. Hello sweet lady! This looks incredible. Pinned. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  13. Joy @ Yesterfood says:

    Wonderful and exciting to bake a pie in a bag! I had heard of it but never tried it- thanks to you for being so brave! 😀 And you know I enjoyed the review of a book set in TEXAS. Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! 🙂

  14. Kelly says:

    G’day! This looks delicious! I have never heard of doing this, but the pictures make me want to try!

  15. rachel621 says:

    Visiting from Merry Monday. Always love having your scrumptious and adventurous recipes. I see that the moisture is held in with the parchment and your crust still looks so good! Love it.

  16. I’d say that both apple pie and pumpkin pie are my favorites, but I gotta watch the pumpkin pie because if I’m not careful, I can wind up eating the entire pie in one sitting. Your apple pie in a bag recipe looks interesting- the pie looks similar to ‘apple betty’ or apple cake, rather than a pie, but whatever it looks like, it looks very good!

  17. Carolann says:

    Wow, I love trying new recipes. I think I will have to add this one to my list for sure! It really looks moist and yummy! thanks for sharing.

  18. I have never heard of pie in a bag and would love to try this Joanne, looks amazing! Nettie

  19. dishofdailylife says:

    It looks quite yummy and definitely vanilla ice cream with apple pie!!

  20. Joanne I am not understanding, (so forgive me) the reason to bake it in parchment. However the pie does look very delicious.

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