Coconut Apple Strips fall into the recipe category of favorite old family traditions that include Fig Swirl Cookies, Cinnamon Twists, and Ravioli. Like the others, they are labor intensive, and only made for very special occasions. This time it was Cousin J’s 75th birthday.
I picked up a basket of tart Granny Smith apples at The Red Apple ranch in Murphys. (Before Granny Smiths, we used Pippins).
The original crust is rich with evaporated milk and sugar; I used the basic Betty Crocker pie crust instead. The sliced the apples are dusted with lots of cinnamon.
The apples in the crust are baked for 20 minutes in a hot oven, then the topping of coconut, eggs, and evaporated milk is poured over.
Back in a moderate oven until the coconut browns.
My Mom often made multiple recipes of these when we were kids. I remember them covering every surface in the kitchen. Just a double recipe filled my little kitchen with a heavenly aroma!
And the final step……cut into the strips.
Happy 75th Birthday J !!!!!!!