Category Archives: Fruits

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 allrecipes.com 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!
~Catherine

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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
Granny Smith apples make a great pie, but you may use Fuji, Gala or your favorite baking apple as well.

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com by Jackie Smith

It’s Apple Time! Let’s Bake Some Apples

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Fresh apples are a plenty at this time of the year and baking an apple can make a very luxurious dessert.  I’ve baked apples for years but with a refrigerator drawer full of apples I decided to Google a new recipe for this old favorite.  Wow!  I am so glad that I did.

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Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  I landed on the Food Network site and a recipe by Paula Deen. First thing I read from her recipe said, “Core apples, making sure not to puncture the bottom of the apples so that the juices will remain.”  I always cut the apple core all the way through and then was dissatisfied as all the goodies and juice would run all the way through.  Duh, how come I didn’t think of this?

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After filling the center with the usual walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon, apple juice is poured around the apple and a pat of butter placed on top.

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In to the oven they go for about 45 minutes or until baked through.

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When I served these baked apples my sous-chef dish-washing mom and the Chief both agreed they were the best they had EVER had.  Really?  Ever?  Yes! Ever.
I used granny smith apples although I believe Gala or Fuji will work well also.
The Chief  just asked me what I am blogging.  When I told him, “baked apples” he said, “Oh, let’s have those again tomorrow!”  Enough said.
Happy Autumn and Happy Baking!
~Catherine
Baked Apples
 
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The best baked apples I have ever made! Thank you Paula Deen!
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 6 same-size Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 teaspoon-size pieces
  • 1 cup apple juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Core apples, making sure not to puncture the bottom of the apples so that the juices will remain. Remove skin from ½-inch around top of apples at the opening. Fill each cavity with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Top each apple with a teaspoon of butter.
  5. Place apples in casserole dish and pour apple juice around them.
  6. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.
  8. Optional garnish: whipped cream, ice cream, or mint leaf.
Notes
Best apples: granny smith, fuiji or gala.

Adapted from recipe from Paula Deen:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/baked-apples-recipe.html
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