Apple Strudel Pie + Le Creuset Pie Dish Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

We just finished up our last trip to Texas with just THREE of us before the little gal arrives in a few months. While we were there we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my husband’s family and I got to try out an easy dessert dish my mom and I came up with a few months ago on the fly. I wasn’t sure if it would be any good the second time creating it…but it was JUST as good as before! Everyone loved it, so I’m SO excited to share this recipe with you just in time for Thanksgiving. Here’s my homemade Apple Strudel Pie Recipe AND at the end of the post you’ll get your own chance to win a Le Creuset Pie Dish and can of PAM Cooking Spray!

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During the holidays I really try to get as much prep work done ahead of time as possible…here’s some of my “go-to” tips for keeping Thanksgiving mess and stress free:PAM SPRAY

  • Clean as you go. With PAM’s new Butter and Baking Cooking Sprays now leave up to 99% less residue in your pie dish than margarine or other bargain brand-cooking sprays, while still offering superior no-stick results! While my pie bakes, I clean up knowing that when that dish is empty I won’t be scrubbing forever to get it cleaned up.
  • Start early. I like to prepare some of my dishes and then refrigerate them and bake them later on…why spend all that time preparing desserts and casseroles while your guests are there when you can just pop them in the oven and enjoy your time relaxing?
  • Don’t forget to set your timers on your dishes and desserts! Nothing is worse than forgetting that and over or under baking your dish!

I’ve had TOO many dishes go bad because of sticking issues…so I’ve learned over the years that I can really only trust PAM. Honestly, I’ve been using the brand for years now and it’s the only thing I buy and use to cook and bake. It saves me time cleaning up and my dishes and desserts don’t stick to my pans…making it easier to get my food out AND saving my pans from scrapes, as well, with people trying to get the food loose!

Overall…it just makes things easier.

And the best part? Not only does the new formula leave 99% less residue build up…but it’s also zero calories per serving! So it makes those pies a little bit lower on the calorie side of things!




ingredients for pie

Gather up all of your pie ingredients…(full recipe at the bottom of this post)

PAM Baking Spray

Start by prepping your pie dish with PAM Baking Spray

Add pie crust to the pan

Add your crust to the pan and bake according to instructions. According to Pillsbury crusts you bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes.

cut and peel apples and set aside to create filling

Core, slice, and peel all your apples and place in a large bowl. I used an apple slicer, which makes things go a lot faster. Also, avoid the small bags of apples for these pies…large apples go faster and you don’t have to peel as many!

coat the apples with sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon

Add sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the apples and set aside.

mix together butter and cake mix to create the strudel on top

Melt your stick of butter in a separate bowl and mix with yellow cake mix until it’s crumbly.

add your apples to your pie dish and crust

When crust is cooled, add your apple mixture to the pan.

top the pie and apples with the cake mix and butter mixture

Then add the crumbly butter and cake mix mixture on top evenly. Avoid letting it clump up…

Apple Strudel Pie

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until the strudel is golden brown and crisp on top…and enjoy hot OR cold {it’s especially delightful with vanilla ice cream}

Apple Strudel Pie

Apple Strudel Pie


  • 6-7 large apples *I used Gala
  • 1 store bought refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • PAM cooking spray


  1. Preheat your oven according to the pie crust cooking instructions. Spray your pie plate with PAM and lay pie crust into bottom. Poke your pie crust with a fork and bake for as long as instructions allow (Pillsbury crusts bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes and need to cool completely before adding filling).
  2. Start peeling and cutting all your apples and setting them aside in a bowl. I used 7 large gala apples, using larger apples makes peeling go faster.
  3. Once all apples are cored, sliced, and peeled, put them in a bowl. In the bowl add sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. You may need more or less of each ingredient depending on how large of a pie you're making.
  4. Once your pie crust is cooked and cooled add your apples to the pie pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, melt butter and add melted butter to the cake mix and stir til it's crumbly.
  6. Top your apple pie with the cake and butter mixture evenly. Avoid dropping large chunks of the mix on the should be small and crumbly.
  7. Bake the pie at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until the pie is golden brown on top and bubbly on the sides. Test apples to make sure that they are cooked all the way, you may need to adjust the time a little bit if needed.
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If you’re a beginner pie maker looking for a WOW dish on Thanksgiving that isn’t too hard…this is IT, my friends!

And guess what?! I’m gonna help you one step more and giveaway a Le Creuset pie dish and bottle of PAM Spray! How exciting! And guess what, it’s EASY to enter!

To enter, leave a blog post comment telling me what your favorite pie recipe is! It’s THAT easy!

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  1. Tiffany says

    I am such a BAD baker that I honestly buy all my pies. I can NOT figure out how to bake them so I stick to the main meal and outsource my pies. :) This looks like a great recipe, though! I’m going to be trying this one!

  2. David says

    I like any pudding based pie, except I prefer regular pie crust over graham crackers. If I have ice cream I like apple and cherry pies, but unless it is a cold day, I generally don’t prefer them by themselves. But in all reality, you can’t make a bad pie.

  3. Robin says

    My favorite is pecan pie, but this apple pie looks easy and delicious. I am going to have to try this pie, especially if I win!!

  4. Jocelyn H says

    My favorite is sweet potato pie with regular crust. Not a lot of nutmeg it turns it too brown and distorts the taste and extra vanilla flavor and sugar . :)

  5. Corinna Bennett says

    I am hosting Thanksgiving this year for about 24 people. I need something easy to make for pie and I think this is a winner. Although I will make a couple! I love pretty much all cream pies and no pumpkin or pecan. ;)

  6. Dezi A says

    Oh my goodness, that pie looks delicious. Apple Pie (with the crumble on top and not more crust) is my favorite. Or peach, I really love a peach pie. YUM!

  7. Deb says

    My favorite is apple pie, and it’s only because I’ve been able to make ONE that worked out. I’m not so great as a pie maker but I am going to give this one a try. Thanks!

  8. Tabitha Klucking says

    My fave is a rhubarb pie that involves putting 1/2 the flour & sugar right on the bottom crust and then pouring the other 1/2 over the fruit.

  9. Teri says

    From the looks of this pie, it could become my favorite! Prior to this, it was my sisters Sour Cream Lemon Meringue. So yummy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. says

    This pie looks amazing! I love the crispy strudel stuff on top…that is the only way to eat an apple pie in my opinion. Thanks for the giveaway chance too! I’d love a pretty pie pan! :)
    Nat :)

  11. Sonja S. says

    My favorite pie is blackberry cream cheese. My mom used to work at a bakery that was famous for its pies. I’ve recreated it a few times, never exact like the original, but it’s always a hit!
    I love all fruit pies and cream pies. Not much of a fan of pumpkin or pecan, though, even though I get great compliments on those, too!

  12. says

    Well, the ONLY pie I like is chicken pot pie. I make it entirely homemade, except the pie crust.

    2 chicken breasts
    3 large carrots
    3-4 large celery stalks
    2 small onions or one big onion
    3-4 medium to large potatoes
    1 carton chicken broth
    Pillsbury pie crust (premade in the refrigerator aisle)

    Salt and pepper two chicken breasts and bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. While they are baking, cut up the celery, onions, and carrots into small pieces. Fill a medium sized pan halfway with chicken broth, salt and pepper it, and drop in the vegetables. Now, chop up some potatoes and get them boiling in salted water.

    Take out the chicken breasts, cut them up, and throw them in a metal bowl. Strain and add the potatoes to the bowl.

    Put the bottom part of the pie crust in the oven for 10 minutes so it gets nice and crispy.

    Using the now empty potato pot, strain the vegetables, collecting the broth in the pot. Make gravy (using FLOUR not cornstarch) with the broth. Combine all ingredients, mix them up, put them in the pie shell that you just baked, top it with doughy crust, and bake for 15-18 minutes until nice and golden brown.



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