Monday, November 3, 2008

Apples, apples...I love apples

My mother-in-law (Mad) was visiting this weekend and I'm happy to say we had a great time.  She arrived just in time to experience Halloween and try out some of the candy the kids brought back.  The next day, Saturday, we decided to go apple picking at a farm that is located alongside a river.  What a beautiful place this is.  The colors of the leaves changing and reflecting on the water were amazing.  The kids love going there because it is so open and the quiet and of course, the have fruits for us to pick.

After our picnic, we went to apple orchards and helped ourselves to really delicious and beautiful granny smith apples.  It was so much fun and the kids loved the idea of eating a fruit that you pick right from the tree.  We plan on going back when the peaches and blueberries are ready next summer.

So, what to do with all these apples?  Bake an apple pie, of course.  To simplify matters and in the interest of time I bought two deep dish pie crusts at the store.  Leave the pie crust on the counter to defrost, place one of them on a flat surface, that will be the top of the pie.  Preheat the over to 425 degrees.

Here's an easy recipe:

9 medium apples, peeled, cored and wedged
2 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar

Mix this all together in a bowl, pour it into the pie crust and proceeded with the rest..

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)

Cut the butter into small cubes (best to do this with butter right out of the fridge)
mix in the flour and sugar and sprinkle over the apples--I used every bit and made sure the butter was everywhere, not all clumped in one place.

Sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon and place the second pie crust on top and pinch all around the edges. Make several slits on the crust to allow the steam to escape.

Cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil to keep them from burning and place the pie on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil to catch the bubbling goddies. Bake for one hour.  Let it sit about 15 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!!

We were eating pie at 10 o'clock at night...I never eat food like this so late but I most definitely enjoyed the warm delicious pie.


  1. What a wonderful day you had with your family. Excellent photos of the fall colors. Nothing's better than homebaked apple pie made with apples you pick yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, you've got my mouth watering! I love apples too. How nice that MIL was able to be with her family for a holiday. Thanks for sharing all the blue. Happy 1st Blue Monday!

  3. What a wonderful time you must have had. I'm still hoping to get to a "picking" orchard some time this fall, but it's tough to plan.
    I can just imagine how tasty your apple pie was. yummy!

  4. How fun. I am going to try this pie recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. Your pictures are lovely!

  6. Mmmm! Warm apple pie - is always delicious no matter what time of day. It sounds like a fun filled weekend ~ Have a Happy Blue Monday! ~ Robyn

  7. What a wonderful day you had. I wasn't picking apples but a friend of hubby's gave us a bushel. I'm trying your recipe tomorrow.

  8. Sounds like a wonderful day..:)

  9. WOW! I love natural thing you have beautiful blog, keep you spirit up.

  10. Oh wow. I have been sick with a bad head cold and nursing the kids too for the last couple of days. Thank you all so much for visiting my blog. Thanks for the compliments on the photos and the blue. The pie was delicious. I hope those of you who tried it come back to share your experience. This was an awesome day. Thanks.

  11. Hi, Terie, and thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you enjoyed the Fall photos, and yours are glorious too.

    I just invested in a new dehydrator and would love to have some of those apples to dry and also to make pies and crisps with. Wish we had an orchard closer to us.

    Have a great weekend!



  12. So cool to see so many enjoy the beauty of fall. :-)