Monday, September 11, 2017

Beginning of Fall in the Kitchen and Apples from Nana's Tree

I don't know about you, but my absolute favorite time of the year is fall. I don't care where I am. I was living in California and when September rolled around, you better believe I put on my boots and cozy sweaters. It may not have felt like fall outside but I sure tried to force it. This year, I don't have to force it so much...








The first thing that got me thinking about decorating for fall were these apples picked from my mother in law's tree. They just bought a farm and have so many fruit trees. She has tons of apples, so I took some to make a pie with. I never got up the energy to actually make a pie so we've just been eating them raw... BUT I wanted to share my apple pie recipe with you anyway because if I can make it, anyone can and I wanted to give you a couple tips my mother in law shared with me (they're pretty brilliant).



Simple Homemade Apple Pie

Pie Filling:
10-15 apples sliced 
(I don't peel mine but you can if you want to)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar

Pie Crust:
2 cups flour
1 cup butter
(save about 2 tablespoons of butter and melt in a small dish)
1/2 cup water
1 1/3 teaspoon salt

Mix together in a large bowl- apples, cinnamon and sugar. Mix flour and salt in another large bowl. Cut butter into flour and add water. When mixed, roll into two balls and refrigerate for two hours. Then, roll out dough and place one into pie pan, add filling and cover with the other piece of dough. Cut slits in the top, brush the middle with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 35-45 min.

Nana's Tip:
After you slice your apples, place them in a bowl of water and lemon juice (so they don't turn brown) add in about a cup of sugar, cinnamon and whatever spices you'd like. Boil the apples for about 5 minutes. Remove the apples from the pot and save the juice to drink for later! 

She had some of this in her fridge and it was so good. It tasted just like apple cider. Who knows, maybe that's how you make apple cider?? Whatever the case, you can make cider and a pie with the same apples. YUM! 






So easy and like I said, I'm probably the worst cook/baker ever. I once caught my oven on LITERAL FIRE trying to make cupcakes from the box. I blame the oven, other people blame me. We'll save that  story for another day.... I hope you enjoy that pie recipe. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out! I'll be back with tons more fall posts because ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! Settle down, Sav. Night, Friends! 
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