Today is recipe day! I’m sure you will love what I have in store for you, that is if you like anything apple related. First we will talk a little about food.
Food is one of the areas that is important for a healthy lifestyle. If we eat junk food every day our nutrition is poor. It’s important to choose healthy options most of the time. I don’t think veering away from that occasionally is going to hurt much but should not be the norm.
Not everyone agrees with what is healthy and what isn't. Click To Tweet Each of us needs to research and determine what is best for ourselves and our families to eat. In sharing our choices with you I do not want to imply that you should do the same. I’m simply offering a picture of what our family likes and enjoys.
Local and Organic
There is a local food exchange that offers a variety of fruits, veggies, meats, raw milk and other items on a weekly basis. We like to eat organic and local if possible, but it is not always available. Click To Tweet So we choose the best alternatives we can find. We are blessed to have several farms that sell grass fed beef, pastured pork and free range chickens. Our own small flock provides us with delicious eggs.
As far as oils are concerned I like to use mainly extra virgin olive and coconut. I also use real butter and prefer it from grass fed cows when I can get it. We do use some organic cane sugar, but I prefer coconut sugar. Raw local honey and pure maple syrup are also good choices when you need a sweetener. I will sometimes use them for sweetening hot cocoa.
Are you ready for the recipe?
Our family loves homemade applesauce and apple butter, but our absolute favorite is apple pie. Click To Tweet
I’m sharing a recipe for two pies. That way you have one to eat and one to save. In my experience the first one disappears very fast, because everyone loves it. As a result there’s nothing left to show all your hard work. By making two you can still enjoy looking at the fruit of your labor.
Apple Pie Recipe
(makes 2 large pies)
First, preheat oven to 400ºF.
10 – 12 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
¾- 1 cup flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. of nutmeg
Put apples in a bowl. Add other ingredients and stir till mixed. Then set aside.
4 cups flour (I usually use half unbleached white and half whole wheat)
2 tsp. salt
3 sticks butter (1 ½ cups)
¾ cup cold water (This is approx. Today I needed a whole cup)
Mix dry ingredients. Then cut butter in small pieces and add to dry ingredients.
Mix well using your hands, a fork or my choice -the KitchenAid mixer. After the butter is incorporated add the water and mix till dough forms. (It’s okay if there are still some lumps of butter)
*If using the mixer while blending in the water be sure to watch it closely and turn off when the dough begins to follow the beater. Too much beating can cause the dough to be tough and hard to roll out.*
Divide dough into four sections, two for each pie.
I like to take one section, place it directly in the pie plate and roll it there bringing it up to cover the sides and top edge. Do the same for the second pie. You can also roll out on a floured board and transfer to pie plate.
When you are finished divide the filling between the two pies.
Then roll out the top crust to about ½ inch bigger than the pan. I do this on the counter or a floured board. Next place the top on the pie and roll the extra under the edge all around the pie. Then take a fork to press down all around the edge and make air holes in the top. (Or you can use a knife and make a design in the top crust. My daughter, Sara, loves to be artistic in that way.)
Now it’s time to place the pies in the oven and bake about 35 minutes. Voila! You now have two delicious pies.
Finally, you can enjoy a delicious piece of apple pie.
This is Day 25 in my #write31days series of 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle. ***To find all my #write31days posts click on the button below. You can also click on the Write 31 Days 2016 tab at the top of my blog.***