Buy Mrs. Smith’s deep dish apple pie. Cook according to directions, protecting edge of crust with aluminum foil to avoid over-browning. During final 5 minutes of cooking, remove foil and pour praline over. Be sure to have pie on cookie sheet as praline topping will boil over during time it bakes on the pie.
PRALINE TOPPING: ½ c. brown sugar
1 stick butter (no substitutions)
2 t. cream
Bring ingredients to boil. Stir in 1 c. chopped pecans.
NOTE: Tia Susan won a blue ribbon with this pie at fundraiser “All American Pie Contest” at her kindergarten campus. In addition, during her first year of teaching at Texas State, the Dean of School of Education hosted a holiday dessert event. When he began his remarks, he said, “I must ask who baked the delicious praline apple pie?” Embarrassed by the truth, Susan got a laugh when she called out, “Mrs. Smith!”