Fall in the Pacific Northwest brings out the “apple” in almost everyone’s eyes. According to Wikipedia, “The phrase apple of my eye refers to something or someone that one cherishes above all others.”
Since apples are an abundant crop this time of year so are apple pies, applesauce, apple doughnuts, apple cider… the list goes on. In fact, we tend to visit one farmer’s market more at this time of year because of the apple doughnuts they make and the samples they give out. My hubby can think of any excuse to go along, and when we enter the store, he heads straight for the doughnut samples.
A few years ago we planted apple trees, trimmed espalier style for a quasi property border, and the apples of course! What is fantastic about these trees is that they are grafted with several different varieties on each tree. So we have gravenstein, honey crisp, braeburn, golden delicious, McIntosh, and granny smith, all on two trees. These two trees make up our “mini” orchard. We planted them next to our vineyard – which consists of two grape vines. You are probably busting out laughing about now by my definition of a vineyard, but it is one to us. If we live long enough, we may produce enough grapes to make a bottle or two of wine.
Our apple trees almost picked bare in October.
Can you see the apple that is wedged between two metal posts? It will have to be cut out of that position. It reminds me of the kid that tries to fit his/her head through the banister posts. Dumb apple!
Grape vines gone wild. The grape leaves are great to use when pickling cucumbers. They look pretty in the jar besides adding some element of flavor.
I told these grapes that they are the predecessors to becoming a bottle of wine.
How did I get off on the subject of wine and stray from the focus of this post, which is apples? 😉
Apple pies can be basic or elaborate. In my opinion, they all taste great! The apple pie featured in this post is very basic. I like it because if I get a whim in the middle of the afternoon to make apple pie, it’s ready – start to finish – in an hour. This was one of those afternoons. I headed out to the apple trees and picked a variety of about six or seven apples. Now let the apple pie making begin!
Apples from our trees.
Seasoned apples nicely tucked into the bottom pie crust. Hint: to get even and thinly sliced apples use a mandolin or apple corer/slicer. Either will result in nicely sliced apples. If you don’t have either of these kitchen gadgets, a sharp knife and a keen eye can get the same results.
I decided to make a wrapped piecrust today so I had a little leftover dough which I cut in strips and rolled into flowers.
I don’t add flour to my apple pie recipe so there is some liquid (apple juices) left after combining the ingredients. I use those juices to brush on the top crust before baking.
- 6-7 cups of medium apples, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or 1/4 cup Truvia baking sugar blend)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I don't measure - instead use a heavy sprinkle)
- 2 tablespoon. butter
- 2 Pillsbury pie crusts or homemade pie crust
- Prep: Spray a pie plate with cooking oil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. I like to preheat the oven so it's nice and hot and then turn down the temperature before baking.
- Lay one pie crust into the baking dish, stretching across to fit plate bottom and up the sides.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl except the butter and pour into the pie crust.
- Dot with chunks of the butter and top with the other crust. Cut slits in the top crust and sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar. I usually have apple juices left that I brush over the pie crust.
- Before putting the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350 degrees and bake for about 45-50 minutes, until pie crust is golden and apple juices are escaping through the slits.
- I had a little pie dough left over and made little roses that I placed on top of the pie. If you have leftover dough you could roll it out and cut shapes with cookie cutter as an option.