October 19, 2011

Apple Picking and a Simple Recipe

Every year we make a trip to an apple farm for a day of apple picking and hayrides.

The hay ride to the orchards is always the highlight!
It was a beautiful day last week and the leaves were just starting to change.
Of course we had to pick out a pumpkin or two while we were there.

The place was already packed by 10:00 a.m.


And we came home with WAY more apples than we needed!

I have started decorating with them.

And the other night my kids help to make their first apple pie!  I think the traditional apples for pie are Granny Smith.  But we made it with a mixture of all the apples we picked: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Winesap, Empire, and Jonagold.

They insisted on sprinkling a lot of sugar on top so it got a little messy!  But they loved helping and loved eating the pie with vanilla ice cream on top!

Since it was a last minute decision to bake, I just used the prepackaged dough and the following simple recipe with ingredients I had on hand:

Filling:
8 cups of apples (like I said - we combined all the kinds!)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon

I followed the directions for the pie crust from the box and rolled the dough into the pie dish.

For the filling: 
Core and peel the apples and slice thinly.  Combine the sugars, flour and cinnamon.  In a large bowl, combine the apples and the sugar mixture until the apples are coated.  Pour the apple filling into the pie dish.  Cover with the second roll of dough and slice the crust evenly around leaving one inch.  Fold the rim underneath and make a thumbprint design squeezing small sections using thumb and forefinger and pinching around.  Brush top with cold water and sprinkle with sugar.  Make a little forkprint in a "t" shape in the middle of the crust.

Bake at 425F for 30-40 minutes.

Since then, I have researched a ton of other pie recipes from the internet and cookbooks.  I can't wait to try a few more.  I am sure making the crust from scratch would be even better and other ingredients like nutmeg would really add to the flavor.  But this recipe worked well for us though because it was quick and we had all the ingredients on hand!

Have you made any apple pies this fall?


3 comments:

  1. I made an apple pie over the weekend! Don't tell Martha, but I used Pillsbury ready made crust. And, you know, it tasted pretty darn good! Best of all, it was quick!

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  2. That trip to the orchard sounds like a day of fun. Your children will have good memories of these excursions to tell their children . Baking the pie with them was such a good thing to do. I bet it was delicious!------- Shannon

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