The First Brick and Apple Almond Crumb Pie

by Joanne on November 15, 2010

Saturday, Ted and I had a super workout.  My day started with a 5.6 mile walk with Shane. Then Ted and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and enjoyed a 13.6 mile bike ride. When we came home, we quickly changed into swim suits and went to the Community College for a 40 minute swim, incorporating laps into the practice. I can actually DO laps now! I love the upper body workout you get from swimming.  It’s a good muscle soreness.

Another confirmation for entry into the Boston Marathon arrived Saturday.  The card has a section on it that says “Dates to Remember”.

“February 1, 2011 If you improve upon your qualifying time, your seeding can be adjusted.”  

Do you know I read that and actually thought “Ok – I could run the Disney Marathon and see if I can’t do any better”.  Just so you know, that is why I took a week off running (my hamstring was only half of it).  I was becoming irrational and obsessive.  Being irrational and obsessive are typical traits for me but they needed to be put in check when the body begins to hurt and you stop recognizing signs to pull in the reigns a bit.  Irrational and obsessive are perfectly acceptable in every other aspect of my life…or so I keep trying to convince Ted.  

Monday Morning Workout, Day One:  45 minute run on the tread mill.  30 minutes chest and arms.  3.5 miles outside with Shane.  Total running miles 8 1/2. Easy running pace.

Apple Crumble Almond Pie

Get ready to plan your holiday desserts.  This one is pretty easy and sure to please the entire table.  Based on a recipe from Eagle Brand Condensed Milk.


Serves about 8


  • 1 9” deep dish unbaked pie shell
  • 1/2 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup warmed Lowfat Buttermilk (microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds)
  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 TBS butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 425 F. 

In a bowl combine the condensed milk, sugar, cinnamon, beaten eggs, buttermilk, and apples.  Add the almonds. 

Pour mixture into the crust.

Combine sugar and flour using a fork to make into a crumb.  Sprinkle on top of condensed milk-apple mix.  Bake for 10 minutes at 425 F.  Then reduce the heat to 375 F and continue baking for 30 – 35 minutes.


Delicious and certainly not heavy.




Care to share your favorite holiday dessert?

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  • At 2010.11.15 07:14, Heather said:

    Good for you for listening to your body!!
    That pie looks delicious – my favorite holiday treats are the chocolate covered pretzels and buckeyes my sister and I make when she’s home. 🙂

    • At 2010.11.15 09:04, Joanne said:

      Thanks. Love buckeyes!

      • At 2010.11.15 07:21, claudia lamascolo aka pegasuslegend said:

        Love the color and picture perfect pie amazing as usual! I love everything I can stuff my face with around the holiday, but the one thing is my favorite and I cant get it here in Florida, Napoli’s Tomato
        Pie! Oh how I miss it!

        • At 2010.11.15 09:05, Joanne said:

          Well – we’ll just have to look into whether or not Napoli’s ships to FL.

          • At 2010.11.15 10:09, FOODESSA said:

            I’ve never been characterized as an irrational person…however, I could be tempted into obsession over your apple pie. How scrumptious it looks ;o)

            About holiday treats…OMG…where would I begin???
            I have way too many in my repertoire…although…chocolate figures prominently for sure ;o)

            Boy do I wish I had your rigourous stamina to keep up with all the calories from dessert!

            Ciao for now,

            • At 2010.11.15 15:31, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

              Oh my gosh, like y’all’s own little triathlon. That’s so awesome. And you’re in the freaking Boston Marathon. You don’t need a better time. You’re already in the big time now baby!
              That pie looks so good. I think if someone brought that to my house, it’d be my new favorite Christmas dessert.

              • At 2010.11.15 15:33, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                Hey a brick! Planning on a triathlon? They actually are kind of fun 😀 I just don’t like the swim part.

                We have a special holiday cake that gets made at Christmas. My grandfather’s birthday was on Christmas, and growing up we always celebrated Christmas in the morning and his birthday at night. Every year, his cake was made, which is a white cake with a pecan praline frosting that is so good! We call it grandpa’s cake and still make it for Christmas even though he is no longer with us.

                • At 2010.11.16 00:51, Monet said:

                  Oh just delicious! I love the addition of the buttermilk, the almonds and the condensed milk to this classic apple pie…I’m sure it creates a creamy and dreamy slice! My favorite holiday dessert would have to be nothing else but apple pie. Something about those apples remind me of my sweet grandmother and so many nights of laughter and joy. Thank you for sharing, love. May peace and beauty shower down this week!

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