I just thought I'd toss this in for a quickie pie; I made a pie last night with some pears that I had in the freezer that my mom had given me last year off her pear tree. You could do the same thing with apples. My husband and son work in the oil industry and their work is very physical and they use up a lot of calories. So I usually have some pretty calorie laden food for them to eat at night when they get home from work. As you can see they liked the pie, they ate almost the whole pie after they had eaten supper.
I just cooked the pears until they were tender in a little water with some sugar, 1/2 stick of butter, cinnamon and a little lemon juice to taste. I thickened it with a little cornstarch and water until it was about the thickness of gravy. I threw this crust together and pushed it into place in the pie plate.
QUICK AMISH PIE CRUST
Mix in pie plate:
1 1/2c.+ 3T.flour
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
With fork, beat in a measuring cup:
1/2c.oil + 3T.milk.
Pour all at once into pie plate and use fork to blend thoroughly.
Push into place with fingers.
I then took the same crust recipe and added 1 cup of finely chopped pecans about 3 T of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkled it on top of the pie.
Then baked the pie in a 375° oven for 1 hour. Always put a pan of some sort under to catch any spills.