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All-American Apple Crumb Pie

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Can you stand one more apple recipe?  If you are like me you may still have a few apples around from the fall bounty.  I made this Apple Crumb Pie a few weeks back and it reminded me of how much I like the simplicity of making a crumb topping pie!  It also reminded me that I don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in the kitchen.  There is a reason apple pie is an all-American favorite dessert through generations of cooks. caramel apple pie before
My sous-chef dish-washing mom was just getting back to speed after 16 rounds of radiation treatment and the pie seemed to be just the right comfort food for her. apple crumb pie fork
I adore caramel pared with apple and so after preparing the pie according to the I found at I drizzle a good bit of caramel ice cream topping before adding the crumb topping.  The caramel added the nostalgic taste of caramel apple that I was looking for.

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If you haven’t made a crumb pie lately, this just may be the day!

Happy Baking!

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Apple Crumb Pie
An All-American Favorite cranked up a notch with a drizzle of caramel and a crumb topping. Easy to make and wonderfully comforting to eat!
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 Pie shell (9")
  • 6 cups thinly sliced granny smith apples
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup raisins (optional, but very good!)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional, but also very good!)
  • ¼ cup caramel topping (optional for drizzle)
Crumb Topping
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare pastry shell into pie plate, fluting edges, if desired.
  3. Place sliced apples in a large bowl sprinkle with lemon juice.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together white sugar, 2 Tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated.
  5. Stir in walnuts and raisins. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry shell.
  6. Drizzle with caramel topping.
  7. In a small bowl mix remaining ½ cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apple filling. Cover top loosely with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake and additional 25 minutes, until top is golden brown. Apples should be done but not squishy.
  9. Cool on wire rack.
  10. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
Granny Smith apples make a great pie, but you may use Fuji, Gala or your favorite baking apple as well.

Recipe adapted from by Jackie Smith

Award Winning Apple Walnut Berry Galette

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Lee 1st place southern classicLee after the race!
There are many things I love about the fall and October in particular. One of which is the half-marathon my awesome husband likes to run in the first week of the month.  This year he had a “big” birthday which catapulted him into a new age group at this half-marathon.  Even though he had just ran 13.1 miles adequate training kept him from coming across the finish line huffing and puffing.  Instead he came across quite happy as he saw his time of 2 hours and 9 minutes.  It isn’t his personal best, but it was good enough to win him first place in his category.  I’m so proud of him!

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When we arrived home I wanted to make something special to top off our celebratory dinner.  However, I wanted it easy.  After all, I got up extra early, did a little shopping while he ran, and then cheered him on … oh wait, I wasn’t actually there to cheer him on at the finish line.  Well, that is the rest of the story.

My sole job responsibility for this half-marathon was to get the photo of Lee running across the finish line, WITH the timing clock in the foreground.  Okay, no problem, I had 2 hours and 9 minutes to get ready.  But I actually had calculated that based on his recent training runs he would be crossing the finish line at 2 hours and 23 minutes. The guy and the babySo, at 2 hours and 9 minutes I was actually totally captivated by a young father who had just come across the finish line pushing his 5 month old daughter in her stroller.  About the time he was telling me that this was “her” second half-marathon, I felt a tap on the shoulder.  I spun around to see my marathon runner who said, “Hey, what’s up girl?”  I believe I actually screamed, at least in my head all I heard was screaming. There was a roar pounding in my ears as his bright blue-gray eyes were twinkling and I tried to wrap my head around him standing before me.“Where did you come from?  The finish line?  Are you done?  What about the picture… the picture!  When will I stop asking these stupid questions?”

I didn’t get the shot.  I totally missed him running across the finish line.  Bottom line — now I have to pay $22 to someone else who WAS paying attention as he ran across the finish line.

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I may have been a loser at getting the photo but my big comeback was this deliciously sweet and tart apple-blueberry galette.  This free-form pastry takes only minutes to prepare and is ready to serve when dinner is finished.

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I first learned how to make galette during a baking session from Julia Child’s cookbook making a Triple Berry Galette.  For our savory taste I have made a Tomato and Cheese Galette and a Pepperoni and Cheese one as well!

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But for an award-winning celebration this apple-walnut-blueberry combination was worthy.

Lee First Place Finish Southern TN Classic
Take it from me, you can make any mealtime a celebration with this lovely galette.

Happy Baking!

Award Winning Apple Walnut Berry Galette
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A favorite easy-peasy free-form pastry!
Serves: 6 slices
  • 1 - 9" round pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup walnuts, lightly chopped
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk to desired consistency
  1. Place pie crust on baking sheet sprayed with oil or covered with parchment paper.
  2. Spread softened cream cheese on pie crust, beginning in the middle and extending to about 2" from the edge all around.
  3. Layer sliced apples, blueberries and walnuts.
  4. Carefully bring up edges of the crust towards the center forming a free-form pie.
  5. Sprinkle lightly with sugar.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F. until pastry is lightly brown and blueberries bubbling, about 35 minutes.
  7. While cooling, mix up the confectioner's sugar glaze.
  8. When pie has cooled spread drizzle with glaze, slice and enjoy!
The best apples to bake are granny smith, gala, or fuji. You may mix the apple types also for a nice variation.

Abbey and Her First Pecan Pie – JD Style

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Abbey's first pecan pie finished
I cannot remember when I made my first pie.  But on the bright side I know it was when I was still in high school!  My sous-chef dish-washing mom has made pie for as long as I can remember and I inherited her love of making anything pie!

When granddaughter Abbey arrived for a visit we talked about the things she would like to do, making salsa, jam, and pie were all at the top of her list!

Abbey first pecan pie
I asked Jack Daniels for pecan pieif she had ever made a pecan pie.
She said she hadn’t and since we had just returned from a tour of Jack Daniel’s distillery, just down the road,  I suspected a pecan pie laced with Lynchburg’s hometown product was in our future!  FYI — the alcohol cooks out and the flavor really enhances the sweetness of a custard pie like pecan.

As I have mentioned earlier, I became an instant Grandma to Abbey in 1991 when I married her Grandpa Lee. Abbey and I are only 29 years apart in age – unusually on the light side for grandmother and granddaughter. It is a pecan-pie-slice-closerwonderful blessing for me having her young, creative and fun spirit in the kitchen! It is not only inspiring but also a barrel of laughs! Besides chattering about cooking and baking we throw in a measurable amount of discussion on topics like MEN, love, and the pitfalls and benefits of both! :)

Praying your week is also filled with the joys of spending time with those you love.

Happy Baking!

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”    Billy Graham

Pecan Pie Jack Daniel-Style
Cranking it up a bit with a splash of Lynchburg's hometown product!
Serves: 6-8 slices
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • ⅔ cups Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup corn syrup (Light or dark)
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 to 1½ cups Pecan halves or pieces (can be roughly chopped if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup Jack Daniel Whiskey (Optional)
  • 1 Pie Crust ( I use Pillsbury, but homemade is good too!)
  1. Lightly spray pie plate with canola oil. Line pie plate with pastry shell, flute edges and sprinkle with pecans.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy using a mixer or food processor. Add in next four ingredients mixing well.
  3. Pour filling over pecans.
  4. Cover outer pie crust with a pie ring or loosely with tin foil.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or longer if needed, until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature with whipped cream.
(1) Pie will set slightly as it cools.
(2) The pie ring or foil is necessary or the outer pie crust will brown too much during cooking.

Today I Made A Pie, Caramel Pecan Pie

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Today I made a pie.  Now ordinarily this isn’t blog-worthy news.  However, today it is.  You see, for the better part of the last 6 weeks I have traveled or been otherwise preoccupied and have spent very little time in the kitchen.

To the person who looks at the kitchen as a necessary evil, 6 weeks without cooking or baking may sound like the best vacation ever!  But for me I have missed time in the kitchen.  Time planning a menu and executing that meal. Time listening to the wrrrrh of my mixer or maybe it is the fragrance of fresh baked bread that has me longing for some kitchen-time.

Our travels took us to California, Colorado, Nebraska and back to Tennessee.  A wedding, a graduation and a family reunion sprinkled with some precious time with friends.  In a small-town cafe in Crawford, Nebraska I saw the sign for homemade pecan pie.  I was so tempted … but then I came to my senses.  I don’t mean to be a pie snob.  But sadly, I am.  Through the years I have learned there are pies and then there are my homemade pies.  Most of the time I try a restaurant pie I am sorely disappointed.

Paulsen Family Reunion June 2014
Paulsen Family Reunion
June 2014

So here I am.  My first afternoon since coming home that I actually have time to clean my house.  Just in case you are wondering I did dust the end of May.  Yikes!  Is it really the end of June?  Okay, so I need to dust.  I mopped and vacuumed the floor and cleaned the bathrooms.  I did laundry.  But that is not the same as a good ‘ol house cleaning.

But alas it was my kitchen that beckoned me.  The pecans are sitting on the shelf in my refrigerator.  I know I will find corn syrup and sugar in the raw in my pantry.  Caramel Pecan Pie. Yep, that is what is baking in my oven now.

As I sit and type this blog post I realize I am doing everything possible to keep from dusting — even writing an over-due blog post! Since guilt is starting to take a pretty good hold on me I will sign off and actually do some house cleaning before dinner.

I pray your summer is going well.  That you are getting to spend some time doing what delights you the most and I wish you a happy Friday and blessed weekend!

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Happy Cooking! Boating? Baking? Gardening? Cleaning (!) or just reading a good book beside the pool!

Come Lord Jesus

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, May this food by thee be blest, May our souls by thee be fed, Ever on the living Bread. Amen. – See more at:
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, May this food by thee be blest, May our souls by thee be fed, Ever on the living Bread. Amen. – See more at:
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, May this food by thee be blest, May our souls by thee be fed, Ever on the living Bread. Amen. – See more at:

Blessings, Catherine







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