Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and boy do I have a recipe for you: apple pie. Now, I know what you’re thinking: but what about pumpkin pie? Well, if you’re anything like me and were obsessed with anything pumpkin flavored throughout the entire month of October, you might just be looking for a break from pumpkin.

And if you show up with this at Thanksgiving, literally everyone will be impressed. Pies aren’t difficult assuming you get the crust right (pro-tip: the butter needs to be cold!) and adding the decorative top crust makes this even more impressive. Don’t worry; you don’t have to do the leaf design, and, and, if you’d like to, it’s easier than you could imagine.

What You Need
Crust

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) salted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Filling

  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ white sugar
  • 7 medium-to-large apples of your choice (I used cortland and gala)

Other

  • 1 egg (to brush over crust)

How You Do It
Crust

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and cinnamon.20180926_190624
  2. Cut butter into small cubes.20180926_191245.jpg
  3. Going 1-2 cubes at a time, cut the butter into the flour mixture using either a pastry cutter or fork. Mixture should be crumbly.20180926_191901.jpg
  4. Add in the water. If there are still chunks of butter, that’s okay.
  5. Divide the dough into two equal balls and roll into 1-inch thick disks. Cover, and put in fridge for at least 2 hours.20180926_193049.jpg

Filling

  1. While crust is in the fridge, begin to make the filling. In a small pan, melt the butter on medium heat, stirring until fully melted.20180926_204123.jpg
  2. Add in the vanilla.20180926_204318
  3. With the butter still on the stove, mix in the flour.20180926_204531.jpg
  4. Add in the brown and white sugars and the water.20180926_205204
  5. Remove from stove and stir in the cinnamon. Set aside to cool.
  6. Slice the apples. I prefer thinner slices (see below), but if you prefer chunks, go with that (note that it might affect cook time, though).20180926_211324.jpg
  7. Preheat the oven to 425F. Take crust from the fridge and roll out. If the crust gets too warm and the butter begins to melt, pop back in fridge to cool down.20180926_212206.jpg
  8. Roll one layer of crush over an ungreased pie tin.
  9. Layer apples one row at a time. This ensures that you have a packed pack instead of one with “gaps” or missing filling.20180926_212555.jpg
  10. Once you’ve layered about half the apples, pour over half the filling and repeat.20180926_213727.jpg
  11. Decorate for the top crust! If you want to be extra fancy, you can make a lattice design, or, if you’re like me and want to be lazy fancy, use a tool that will help create the design for you. The one I have cuts the dough into a leaf design. If you prefer to leave the crust as is, make sure you slice a cuts to allow the pie to “vent.”20180926_215859
  12. Whisk the egg and brush over crust. This will give the pie a slight shine.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes then turn down to 350F and bake for 25-35 minutes.20180926_2255251.jpg

When cooled, cut and eat!

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My favorite part about this pie is that it looks like you really tried–it looks super impressive without being too difficult. Absolutely gorgeous!

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What about you: what’s the one food you’re looking forward to this Thanksgiving? Non-dessert wise, it has to be the mac n cheese. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Until next time,
Danielle

Apple Muffins

I recently went apple picking and came back with nearly fifty (!) apples. Since then, I’ve been using them in everything, including an apple pie (recipe coming soon), apple sauce, my breakfast smoothies, and of course, these apple muffins.
These muffins are dense, packed with flavor and a delicious brown sugar topping. The apples are thinly chopped, practically melting into the batter. You might not see the apple pieces when you pull them out of the batter, but boy will you taste them. Plus, by having the apples chopped thinly, you won’t have to worry about them not fully cooking. Of course, if you’d like large apple chunks, cut them according to your preference–it’s completely up to you!

What You Need
Batter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups chopped apples of choice (2 ½-3 medium apples)

Brown Sugar Topping

  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, cold
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla

How You Do It
Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line muffin tin.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Chop apples into small pieces. As mentioned above, a bulk of the apple pieces will dissolve into the batter as the muffins bake, so if you’d like bigger piece, cut apples larger. Otherwise, follow directions below, and set aside when finished.
  4. In stand mixer, combine butter and sugar.20180929_0926571.jpg
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla.20180929_092902.jpg
  6. Add the apples. To avoid breaking the pieces into even smaller pieces, be careful not to overmix. Either stir using a spoon, or, if using a stand mixer, mix for ten seconds at most.20180929_093105.jpg
  7. Mix in the flour. Batter will be thick. If necessary, use a spoon to finish mixing.20180929_093756.jpg

Brown Sugar Topping

  1. In a small bowl cut the butter into the brown sugar using a fork. Do not fully combine; if there are small lumps, that’s okay.20180929_094501.jpg
  2. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Add in the flour and cinnamon and stir into just combined. Do not mix until you make a paste–the topping should be in small pieces, none bigger than the size of a pea.20180929_094952.jpg
  4. Fill liners ⅔ full and sprinkle brown sugar topping atop. Bake for 15-20 minutes.20180929_095952.jpg
  5. When they’re done, pull them out, give them five minutes, and enjoy!

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These are great for breakfast with a cup of tea.

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The brown sugar topping provides just the right amount of sweetness.

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Are these something you’d like to try? I hope so!
That’s all for now. If you give these a go, let me know how it goes. Also, I’d love to get your recommendations. With of of the apples I recently acquired, what should I do with all of them? What are your favorite apple recipes. Let me know below! Until next time,
♥Danielle