Fall is definitely here.
We are wearing slippers at home and jackets to school and sweaters are feeling more comfortable these days. I don't know about you, but when the colder weather comes I start cooking all my favourites.
Apple pie is a family favourite and one that is always changing and tweaking in our house.
I made it this week with the kids help for their Daddy for our seven year anniversary.
Usually, I remember to peel the apples, but this time the kids washed them and couldn't bare to part with the apple peels (that, and my brother dropped in and we got a little distracted...)
First I cut up our apples, very finely.
Then we filled our pie crust with them.
You will use about 8 cups of whatever apples you chose. We used Macintosh and Spartan. Whatever you have will work! I promise!
You can use ready made pie crust, this time we did. Though my husband says that is cheating and I pretend I don't hear him.
Then we hunted down a large glass measuring cup and added all of the following ingredients.
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons butter
Who measures a tablespoon of milk?
The recipe calls for it, but I never do. When the kids ask what that step said, I say it says to eat a piece of chocolate and we go to the secret stash and help ourselves.
Shhhh. Don't tell.
Then, I got one of the kids to stir the mixture up super fast with a fork.
(We don't have time to search through our stuffed full utensil drawer to locate a whisk)
Melt the ingredients in your glass measuring cup in the microwave. The kids love beating eachother up to see who can press the microwave buttons first.
Then pour the sugary goodness on top of the apples that are inside the pie crust.
Place second crust on top of the pie filling, cut slits in top of the crust to vent.
Seal the edges of the crust with a fork or by hand. Feel free to get a six year old to cut out a
pumpkin shape apple shape with a cookie cutter "just 'cause."
My darling mother would now tell you to make a mixture of an egg yolk and a bit of milk and paint the top of the pie crust to make it the best golden colour ever! And she might tell you to put tin foil around the crusts outer edge to make sure it didn't cook faster then the top of the pie.
If you have the time, go for it, if you are like me though, and are already swatting away hungry little hands, just stick it in the oven!
Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 30-35 minutes more or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.
NOW, sit back and enjoy the smell of Fall wafting through your house....
The kids were so proud of their "apple" cut out and slits/air vent holes.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy the tastes of Fall!
So so yummy.
Even with the apple peels on!
I hope you get inspired today and use this easy recipe to wow your family.
Do you have your own apple pie recipe that you adore??
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