Apple Pie and Ice Cream: A Delicious Fall Treat

APPLE PIE

 

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. Then I’ll share my recipe for a delicious apple pie.

 

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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. 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. [bctt tweet=”We like to eat organic and local if possible, but it is not always available.” username=”GaylWright”] 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 FORAPPLE PIE RECIPE?

Our family loves homemade applesauce and apple butter, but our absolute favorite is apple pie.

I’m sharing a recipe for two apple 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.

Filling:
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.

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Crust:
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.

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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.

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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.

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When you are finished divide the filling between the two pies.

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ROLL OUT THE CRUST:

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.)

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Now it’s time to place the pies in the oven and bake about 35 minutes. Voila! You now have two delicious pies.

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Finally, you can enjoy a delicious piece of apple pie.

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I’m linking up with: #SmallWonder, #LMMLinkup, #TeaAndWord

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.***

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14 thoughts on “Apple Pie and Ice Cream: A Delicious Fall Treat

  1. Oh that looks so good! Pie-making is one thing that I have had to let go of, here in this slow season, but I have lots of wonderful memories of family pie making days over the years. So thank you for bringing those joy-filled moments back to me! I’ve never tried maple syrup in hot cocoa, but it sounds wonderful, so now I have something new and fun to look forward to! Thanks for sharing!–Blessings and Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Bettie, it was good! 🙂 I’m glad you have lots of good memories of pie making. Maple syrup is wonderful in hot cocoa; I think you’ll enjoy it!

      Blessings and hugs right back to you! xo

  2. Ok, why have I never thought to roll out the pie crust IN the pan?! That is life changing. I hate trying to transfer my crust to the pie plate. Such a simple little tip! Thanks for the idea.

    1. I just recently discovered I could roll it in the pan. 🙂 It just made more sense to me since I had a small roller. Most of the time I used my large rolling pin so it didn’t occur to me that I could actually do it in the pan.
      Glad this tip was a help to you! 🙂

      Blessings to you and thank you for visiting!

  3. Oh Man Gayle, I was thinking of making an apple crisp with the last of the apples on my tree, but this pie, and your recipe, may be just what I need to make, and then I will have a spare to freeze and eat later – yummy.. thanks for sharing at Meg’s #TeaAndWord where we are neighbors

  4. What a blessings that you take the time to share such a talent and blessings with us! I always wished I could bake, because I have a heart of taking food to neighbors. Since I am not so great with baking I like to make soups in bulk and distribute that way. I agree we each should follow our convictions on this. I even read this very thing in Romans today! Thanks so much, Gayl!

    1. Thank you, Meghan! Making soup to share is a great idea. That’s a wonderful ministry. You know, I was thinking recently that when I set up my categories for a healthy lifestyle I didn’t even mention ministry. But when I thought about it I realized that ministry could be done through each of those categories. What is important is that we are ready to use whatever talents we have for God.

      Thanks for stopping by tonight. Many blessings to you!

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