There is a recipe category known as “Impossible Pies”. These sweet or savory pies are so-called because you mix all the ingredients together, the crust ingredients and filling ingredients, pour the combination into a pie plate and bake. The contents settle out, a crust on the bottom and the filling above without the work of rolling out the dough. “Impossible!” your guests will say when they try the pie…

The crust ingredients are essentially a dry biscuit mix. You can use Bisquick or other pre-made biscuit mix. I’m including a recipe for a home made version, one I use. You can use the mix for many other baked goods–biscuits, pancakes, muffins…

Biscuit Mix
4 c flour, whole grain or white, or a combination
10 T dry milk powder
2 T baking powder
1 1/2 t salt
1 c shortening, butter, coconut oil, or vegetable oil, or a combination

1. Combine flour, milk powder, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening, butter or coconut oil, or stir in vegetable oil, until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Store in a closed container in the refrigerator. Follow instructions in recipes calling for biscuit mix.

Impossible Apple Pie
3 c (peeled) sliced apples
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground nutmeg
pinch ground allspice or ground ginger or ground coriander, or a combination
1/2 c biscuit mix, home made or store bought
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c milk
1 T butter, melted, or vegetable oil
2 eggs
streusel topping (recipe follows)

1. Heat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch pie plate. Stir together apples and spices. Transfer to pie plate and smooth into an even layer.

2. Stir together remaining ingredients except streusel until blended. Pour over apples. Top with streusel. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick or knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool five minutes before serving.

1/2 c biscuit mix, home made or store bought
1/4 chopped nuts
1/4 c sugar
2 T butter, softened, or oil

1. Stir together all ingredients until crumbly.