This week we are talking Apples Pie & Crisp. Be sure to check the bottom of this post for some helpful Kitchen Tips!
Welcome back for more recipes from Kelly’s Kitchen! Last week kicked off our month of Saturday recipes to share for the upcoming holiday (or any time). I hope you tried the Pumpkin Drop Cookies (they are so good!) and the Pumpkin Roll recipe too.
Here in the Northeast, when Fall arrives, it is a sign to head to a local orchard to do one of our favorite things…apple picking! This year we ventured out to a new farm and enjoyed the ride through roads lined with trees showing off their colors of yellow, orange and red. The apples were ready for the picking!
Filling up our 1/2 bushel basket to the brim always seems like the greatest thing, but once we get home, I am saying “What am I going to do with ALL of these apples??
Well, a few years ago I was given a tip which I will pass on to you too. But first the recipes for today:
Apple Pie Recipe
Apple pie is one of our favorite all-time pies in this house, with pumpkin coming in a very close second. Our oldest nephew was born on 4th of July and his favorite thing to eat is apple pie. By the age of 5, he requested birthday pie rather than cake. He is my barometer of a successful apple pie. This recipe gets top honors!
Apple Pie Recipe
- 6 cups sliced apples (about 6 medium-large)** I like to bake with Macintosh, Cortland, and Granny Smith combination.
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg.
- Peel, core and slice apples. Place in separate bowl.
- Pour flour mixture on top of apples and gently stir to fully incorporate. Let sit for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare 2 pie crusts for 9 inch pie plate or use store pie crust (available in dairy section).
- Place 1 prepared crust in pie plate.
- Cut 1 Tablespoon Butter into 1/4 and place in bottom of pie crust (along edge).
- Top with apple filling mixture.
- Cut remaining Tablespoon butter into 1/4 and dot top of apple mixture with butter pieces.
- Top filling with second pie crust.
- Trim extra dough along edge.
- Pinch both crusts together to seal. Make 4 small cuts on top of crust to vent.
- Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Let cool before cutting.
Apple Crisp Recipe
This recipe could not be any easier….a quick prep and in 30 minutes you can have a simple yet delicious dessert.
Apple Crisp Recipe
- 6 Cups slices apples (about 6 medium apples) **I also use a mixture of apple types for this recipe. Macs and Cortlands are my favorite baking apples.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup butter, chilled and sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Butter bottom and just up the sides of 9×9 baking dish. (If using a dark or non-stick pan, decrease oven temp to 325)
- Peel, core and slice apples thin.
- Place in even layer in buttered pan.
- Mix together flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Place in slices of butter and with a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter to mixture until crumbly.
- Pour mixture over apples, making sure all apples are covered.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- This is super delicious served hot with vanilla ice cream.
Baking Apple Desserts? Here’s Some Kitchen Tips For You
Make sure you are using an apple variety that bakes well. Red Delicious are great to snack on but make horrible pie apples (mushy!).
If you have a slicer/corer apparatus, similar to the one pictured, it will save a lot of time. You can find this at any grocery store, Target, Walmart or Kitchen Supply. I had one and it broke…so this year I had to go old-school and cut by hand!
Bake pies on foil-lined cookie sheets. This will help catch any juices that bubble over and save from cleaning the oven!
If crust edges are always coming out too dark, cover with strips of foil while baking or invest in a pie crust shield.
THE BEST TIP for you to handle a lot of apples and/or prepare for the holidays: [drum roll please….]
Freeze your pie filling!
My neighbor shared this tip with me a few years ago and I have done it ever since. Make the pie filling as above and instead of putting it in a crust, put it in a freezer bag. When you need a pie, take out, defrost, pour into crust and you have yourself a pie!
Is that not the best tip ever?! Do you have a great tip to share? I’d love to hear it in the comments.