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Apple Pie for the Needy Service Project

First, I will explain what we do and then I will give you the recipe. With the younger elementary school girl scouts we utilize a parent-teacher conference day because the schools have a half day. We meet right after dismissal. Since the girls have not had snack or lunch, we ask them to bring a bagged lunch as though it were a school day. Prior to this day, we ask the girls parents to bring in large bowls, peelers, knives, and cutting boards. We ask them to bring in extras if they have because someone always forgets to bring theirs in. (so we share)

I will bring in all the supplies and ingredients for the pies, we do not ask the girls for any money. I look for sales on the frozen pie shells and then I go in person to the store and ask if they can extend the price savings over the limited amount (which is usually 1 or 2 pie shells) We usually save, between the sale and the extended discount about . 75 to $1.00 per package of 3 pie shells). Then I go to the local farms and tell them what we are doing. They will usually donate the apples or at least donate 2/3 of the apples. You have to realize that we easily go through 4 bushels of apples among all the troops. Other ingredients and spices we either buy or ask parents to donate.

I will put the recipe here so I do not confuse you any more than I already have.

Each Pie Needs:

* 9-10 peeled and sliced apples (We use a mixture of Cortland, Macintosh and Rome)
* One frozen "deep dish" pie shell
* One frozen "regular" pie shell
* 1/2 sugar (we use white but you can mix with brown sugar)
* 1/8 tsp. nutmeg (can be omitted)
* 1 tsp. Cinnamon
* 1 1/2 tsp. of instant vanilla Jell-O pudding (not sure if you can also use flour here)
* lemon wedge
* a few pats of margarine (we use Kosher margarine)


Peel apples. Cut apple in slices (of similar size) into a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon so the apples do not turn brown. Add sugar, instant vanilla pudding, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Try to spread evenly over the apples so it is easier to mix. Gently stir the apples and the mixture until evenly coated. Then take a "deep dish" pie shell and place the apples into the shell. Make sure the apples are evenly distributed and there aren't any air holes. Place a few pats of margarine on top of the apples. Then place the "regular" pie shell on top. At this point leave the aluminum tin on the pie shell. NOTE: Leave pie shells in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to use. You can pull out a few "regular" size pie shells to thaw as you are preparing the pies, but not much before. After a few minutes the top pie shell will start to thaw and you will be able to separate the pie tin from the shell. Once you can do this without breaking the pie shell, take off the tin. Now either with clean hands or a fork, flute the edges of the pie. Make the top pie shell combine with the bottom pie shell. Then place a few slits in the top of the pie (air holes). Place the tin, that you just removed, back on top of the pie. Wrap in aluminum foil. We do not bake these. They are placed right into the freezer.

I usually bring them to the local soup kitchen or shelter frozen so it is easier for them to store. It is not as important it they are stored flat if they are already frozen.

We do place a label on the top of the pie which usually says something like, " Made with love by Troop #_______", "Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min to an hour, or until golden brown." "Apples donated by: ___________". Then we tape the label on the pie and tie it up like a present with different color yarns and ribbon. Lately we use two colors on each, it looks nicer.

Now back to how to do this with the girls. First this is a time when you can use adults, especially for the younger ones. This year with my 7th graders is the first time I really did not need much help. Also, assembly line style preparation is the best. For example, all the girls peel, cut, their own apple with or without help, and place them in their bowl. After the apples are more or less finished, the adults who were originally helping with the peeling and cutting will now lead one of the stations. Here is an example of stations.

station one: add 1/2 cup of sugar.

station two: add Instant vanilla pudding

station three: Add spices

station four: Mix ingredients well

station five: Put ingredients into the pie and place the margarine on it.

station six: This should be an adult. Place top shell on and wait till it is thawed so you can proceed.

Clean up: Usually a good idea to get one adult to clean up with girls at the back of the line while the first girls are making their pies. The girls who did not clean the first time can help clean when the second group is still making their pies.

Well, I know I must have left out something, but I am not sure what it is. Hope your girls enjoy doing this as much as mine have.




Helping the Homeless

I agree the service project idea is great, so here's my .02 .....

Prepare a meal for a Homeless Shelter (or any shelter for that matter):

Each year Cadette Troop #1877 in Alexandria coordinates with a local homeless shelter and prepares a dinner meal for the people staying there.

The leaders contact the shelter to find out how much food should be prepared. Then the troop shops for supplies on a meeting night. The troop prepares the complete meal (from salad to dessert) over a couple of meetings using the kitchen in the church we meet at. Items are frozen or refrigerated as appropriate and delivered to the shelter (normally the evening after the second "cooking" meeting) by the leaders and adult volunteers.

Note: The meal is delivered by adults so that any residents of the shelter that are known by the girls won't be embarrassed (it's also a shelter policy).

We have also collected clothing (especially winter coats) for the same shelter over the years.

Don Stark
Webmaster, Service Unit 53-8 (GSCNC)
Co-Advisor & Webmaster Senior Troop #2589

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