Holidays are usually filled with pie! This year, I wanted to attempt my very first. It was a last minute decision, but one of the best decisions I ever made.
This pie is going to be in my recipe vault forever. I’ll continue to make this over and over stuffed with all kinds of fillings! If you are looking for a GREAT AND EASY pie to make for your loved ones, look no further! This one is it! (Wow that sounded like a Craigslist Ad)
Pies, pizza, and piano, the three P’s people would rave about. My grandpa was known for his pies all around town. He took so much pride in them. He sat at the kitchen table singing, while crafting the edges into art. They were the best tastin’ pies you’d ever eat! I think my pie would have made him very proud.
This was my very first (non-healthy) pie I have ever made. It was super easy and I plan on making it over and over again. I’ll make zero changes to the recipe as it was absolutely spot on.
It only lasted 24 hours between my mom, dad, and I. I had it for dessert, breakfast, and dessert again.
I’m sure there are ways to make this pie healthier, but it’s not worth it. Eating the pie full of butter, sugar, and flour is what eating pie is all about. I didn’t practice much moderation, but I’m not upset about it. It was worth every second on my lips and every second on my hips.
I heated the slice up for about 30 seconds in the microwave,and then topped it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
*2 Cups All-Purpose Flour, *2 Teaspoons Sugar, *1/4 Teaspoon Salt, *1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg, *1/2 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon, *2/3 Cup Cold Unsalted Butter Cut Into Chunks, *4-5 Tablespoons Cold Water
*1/2 Cup Sugar, *1/4 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar, *1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour, *1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon, *1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg, *6 Medium/Large Honey-Crisp (or other tart cooking apples) Peeled, Sliced 1/4-Inch Thick.
Ingredients: Pie Topping
*1 Tbsp Butter, *2 Teaspoons Sugar
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In an electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add in the chunks of butter until the mixture resembles “streusel” crumbs. Slowly stir in the water until the mixture is moist.
Roll the dough into a ball.
Divide the ball in half. Roll each half into a ball and flatten lightly.
Wrap one ball and refrigerate.
Roll the remaining ball on a floured surface. I used a towel to keep the dough from sticking to the counters. My parent’s counters also have a stone texture, so I didn’t want the pie looking like a rocky mountain.
Roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle.
Place dough into a 9-inch pie pan. I had a hard time keeping the dough together, so when I placed the dough into the pan, I pieced it together with my fingertips. It worked just as great!
I still need practice working with the pie crust!
Combine all the filling ingredients.
Coat the apples with the filling ingredients.
Add the coated apples to the pie crust.
I thought the recipe called for WAY too many apples. I looked at my mom for some reassurance and she said “the apples will cook down.” and boy was she right! If I had taken some out, I would have had one flat apple pie.
This was the challenge for me. I know I will get better after practicing.
I kind of did my own thing as if the crust was play dough. I added an extra dough crust around the edges to connect with the bottom layer.
I gave up with topping the crust with one flat piece and making the holes, too. I went with the strip pattern instead.
Just roll out the refrigerated dough into a 9-10-inch circle and slice with a pizza cutter.
I felt like I was failing big time. I went over to Pinterest and started reading the “how to” tutorials but still couldn’t get it down, so I threw out the manual and did what I could. It’s not about how the crust looks, it’s about the taste; which I nailed.
Finally the crust was starting to look decent. I used a spoon to smooth the edges and blend the strips into each other.
My grandpa used to take a butter knife and indent the pies edges. I think it made a huge difference.
After the crust obstacle, the easy part arrived.
Melt the tbsp of butter and pain it onto the outer crust.
Sprinkle sugar all over the top of the crust.
I added extra. (Because I’m a rebel)
Bake the pie for about 45 minutes. Check every 2 minute after the 30 minute mark because all ovens cook differently. The edges will be lightly brown as well as the top!
I used the Blue Ribbon apple pie Recipe as a play ground for my pie. I made several changes and threw out the shortening.
Hope you are looking down from heaven with the giant smile, grandpa!
I will have a post filled with Thanksgiving recipes soon. The reason for the delay? Well, I left my camera over at Jeremy’s parents yesterday. It’s filled with all the evidence of a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Several Thanksgiving feast, actually! I did manage to snap a couple photos with my phone to share!
The night before Thanksgiving, I prepared my favorite, Chocolate covered strawberries. It’s a little lighter than most desserts, too. I just dipped them in chocolate and sprinkled them with festive sprinkles. I took orange candy melts and drizzled them on some.
Thanksgiving morning, I took Grumps out for a long walk. The cold (18 degrees) was torture, but he is worth it.
We stopped at the little playground at the school and went through all the obstacles. He loves climbing up the slides!
And you’re never too old to enjoy a play ground.
After our walk we cuddled up to get warm before I started to bake! :)
Around three, I headed over to Jeremy’s house for Thanksgiving. I brought over my sesame green beans.
Jeremy’s dad always makes me smoked salmon and shrimp. He’s the man! Jeremy’s mom’s homemade rolls and macaroni and cheese is always a hit, too.
Cindy, Jeremy’s mom, bought a large Turkey frosted cookie cake from Mrs. Fields. So delicious!
My parents also had a Thanksgiving!
How cute is that guy!? Love ya, Dad!
And that beautiful lady!? Love ya, Mom!
I’ll post some of my mom’s traditional recipes soon.
Later when I get my camera, I’ll post my recipe for apple pie. I am so proud for making my first pie! It has so much room for improvement when it comes to style, but it was DELICIOUS! I had some for breakfast…whoops.
Eat while I unpack!
I was excited to eat a hard boiled egg, toast some toast and drink fresh brewed coffee this morning after living away from it for so long. I don’t know how people do it.
I was about done folding and putting clothes away, but got too hungry to continue. I headed downstairs and whipped up a quick delicious breakfast to carry me through.
As you can see, Grumples kept me company while I put everything away. I can’t get enough of him!
For breakfast I toasted two slices of whole grain bread. I added my mom’s homemade blueberry jelly on top. I chopped up some walnuts and boiled an egg to go with it.
I love a breakfast that has protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, and fiber! This will help me get through all the baking I’m about to take on!
What is your favorite QUICK go-to breakfast?
4am rolled around pretty quick. I was happy to get home, but crabby from waking up so early. After finishing up my final packing, I spent 20 minutes trying to get Jeremy out of bed so he could drop me off at the airport. I can’t imagine what his parents went through in the mornings during his high school days. I mean, the kid, sleeps like a rock!
I hopped on the plane around 5:30 in the morning. I wanted to sleep, but couldn’t stop myself from staring at the sunrise. I’ll miss that about Arizona! It’s a hard one to beat. As I was staring at the sky, I glanced over at the wing. I noticed the color scheme painted on the Southwest airplane was the exact colors of the current desert sunrise! It’s wing blended into the sky, making it invisible when I squinted my eyes. I thought that was pretty cool. Did Southwest actually come up with the colors in the same exact order as the sunrise intentionally? I have no idea, but it seems possible.
About thirty minutes later, I was still restless. The flight attendant came around and I asked for a coffee. It was calming and nice to watch the sunset from the sky, while enjoying one of my favorite things in life, coffee. I could do that every morning.
I arrived in Chicago around 10:00 am. For some reason, it felt late in the afternoon. I stopped in a gift shop to grab something to eat for my next plane ride.
The next flight from Chicago to Des Moines was only an hour. I snacked on some light and fit yogurt and a Luna bar. After my parents picked me up from the airport, we headed over to the Military base for an appointment. I need my card updated and so did my parents.
I was so anxious to get home and see my puppy. I had been having dreams about him for the past couple of weeks. I know it’s weird and you probably think I’m obsessed, but this dog is my child! I’ll never go this long without him ever again. I wasn’t myself.
I had someone ask me on Instagram if I’d upload a video of us reuniting after our time apart. I granted her request and had my mom film it. You’ll have to excuse my no sleep/makeup/tired self. Although, I was more excited to see my dog than I think he was to see me! My voice grew 10 octaves higher than normal.
After being jammed in a hotel room and only eating at restaurants, I was excited to have a home cooked meal. My mom made grilled veggies, sweet potato, corn, and salmon! We even had ice cream for dessert. I was so cozy and ready to pass out, but Jeremy called and said he needed a ride home from the airport. I had to drive an hour and a half back up to Des Moines around 11 pm. His flight as delayed so we ended up getting back home around 2 am. I was so tired and ready to fall into the cloud of covers and sleep. Yesterday was such a crazy day.
Now I’m ready to fall deep into my Thanksgiving coma.