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October Brings Goblins, Witches and Ghosts…Apple Pie!

Ahh, Autumn, my favorite time of year! I love the cooler, crisp air with theautumn scent of dry leaves and flowers gone to seed; backyard fire pits ready for roasting marshmallows; the snuggly warmth of  a heavy-knit sweater, soft jeans and broken-in leather boots. Apple-picking; leaf-peeping; decorating the house with scarecrows and pumpkins, gold and russet Mums…it all brings back delightful memories  and creates that tingly anticipation for spookiness at the end of the month.

Mondays this month will celebrate October with Sweet Obsessions for spooky stories, Autumn foods, activities and music to fit the season.

This first Monday, which of those things listed in the title do YOU think I would start with?

Oh, you all know me too well! Of course, APPLE PIE!

Classic Apple Pie

Ingredients:

Pastry for 2 crusts (recipe below)
8 cups sliced, peeled assorted baking apples – about 3 lbs.  (Granny Smith, Cortland, Jonathan)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Tablespoons butter
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon milk

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice.

2. Combine sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to apples and toss well to coat.

3. Fill pastry lined 9 inch pie pan with apple mixture. Dot with butter.

4. Place second crust on top of pie filling, cut slits in top of crust to vent. Seal the edges of the crust with a fork or by hand.

5. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk and milk. Brush mixture over top crust.

6. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.

7. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 40-45 minutes more or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

 Flaky Pastry Pie Crust Recipeapple pie

Makes two 9-inch pie crusts

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/2 cup ice water

Directions:

1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.

2. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3. Stir in the ice water, a Tablespoon at a time, until the crust mixture forms a ball.

4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

5. Sprinkle flour onto rolling surface. Roll dough out, then divide in half. Roll each half to fit a 9-inch pie plate.

6. Place crust in pie plate, pressing evenly into the bottom and sides.

I’m all for making pie from scratch, but I know a lot of people just don’t have the time. Here are a few shortcuts that still produce a quality pie:

1. Instead of making your own crust, buy Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust. It’s tasty and fast. My opinion only: stick with Pillsbury rather than a store brand. I’ve never had good luck with the generics.

2. Buy a frozen pie shell and make your own Streusel topping for the pie:   1/2 c. softened butter, 1/2 c. brown sugar, and 3/4 c. flour — mix ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the pie.apple peeler

3. Invest in an apple peeler. I would make far fewer apple pies without this gem. It cores, peels and slices the apple in a few turns of the handle. FAST! Here’s a link to buy one: Apple Peeler

Don’t fear customizing this pie to suit your family’s tastes. Add raisins, walnuts or pecans, several varieties of apples, or craisins. Serve with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream, a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Do you have a special apple pie recipe? What other foods say ‘Autumn’ to you?

You know I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comments!

Today is the beginning of Round 4 of the ROW80 writing challenge! Check out my goals for this ROWnd!

This Friday is another Life List Club post! If you missed the Milestone Party, you can see it here. Have you written your own Life List , yet? What are you waiting for? Get some inspiration here!

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Discussion

  1. plaid skirts for women  May 21, 2012

    I love autumn, Thank you for your list of lovely fall things:)

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    • Marcia  May 21, 2012

      I do, too! You’re very welcome and thanks for coming by!

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  2. S. L. Hennessy  October 10, 2011

    Hey, I’m a new follower and just stumbled across your blog today. I LOVE October too. I get waaaay into the Halloween spirit. And I think all those treats sound amazing – I vote make them all! Happy October!

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    • Marcia  October 10, 2011

      Welcome! Enjoy your October and thanks for coming by!

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  3. hawleywood40  October 4, 2011

    Yum! That first paragraph described everything I adore about fall!

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    • Marcia  October 4, 2011

      Oh, yeah, I LOVE Fall! September 1st I always have this desire to go buy myself something plaid. I never do it, but I guess it’s a holdover from being a kid and getting a new plaid skirt for Fall every year.

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  4. Nicole Basaraba  October 4, 2011

    You’re killing me here with this Apple Pie reciepe. I love autumn and apple pie.

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    • Marcia  October 4, 2011

      Aw, but Nicole…it’s healthy…it’s fruit! Go make some for yourself.:)

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  5. laurastanfill  October 3, 2011

    I love autumn, too, and your list of lovely fall things made me smile. And that apple pie recipe–yum! This may inspire me to try making one for the first time.

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  6. Catie Rhodes  October 3, 2011

    Oooh, thanks for the recipe. I’m always game to try a new apple pie recipe. I’ve never yet found the “perfect” one. Maybe yours is it! :D

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    • Marcia  October 3, 2011

      Oh, you’re welcome, Catie. I hope you like it. Several of my family say it’s the best they’ve ever had…here’s hoping you get the same compliment!

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  7. patriciasands  October 3, 2011

    Oh yes, yummmm indeed! I’m going to use your recipe this week Marcia! Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend, Monday October 10th, and it is my most favourite holiday. It’s the purest pleasure – giving thanks for all of the blessings in our lives … and no shopping for gifts. We ARE the gift! With our large family we often have more than one big feast and apple pie is always on the menu, along with pumpkin of course! Thanks!

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    • Marcia  October 3, 2011

      Well have a happy Thanksgiving, Patricia! I agree about the holiday…great sentiments, no commercialization! Enjoy the pie!

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  8. Hartford  October 3, 2011

    YUMMMY!!!

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  9. Marion Spicher  October 3, 2011

    We have our own 2 apple trees, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the cool spring and early summer didn’t produce the usual crop. My husband makes applesauce and we freeze it, sugar free. I add sweetener at meal time. Wonderful year long quick and easy treat.

    But like a family loving and supporting anyone addicted to alcohol and making sure there is none in the house, my husband and I don’t create smells and sights of delicious wonder like apple pies because of the effect sugar has on me. It is difficult for folks dealing with obesity to re-train thinking away from the symbolism of foods that delight in nostalgia. I am grateful that you all can enjoy them! Truly! I can love the wonderful aromatic foods that aren’t in the desert category. Autumn makes me think of Thanksgiving, turkey, and family. But no pie. I that a tear forming?

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    • patriciasands  October 3, 2011

      Marion, you always inspire! I know what you mean about the other aromatic foods. As much as I enjoy dessert, the smell of turkey roasting in the oven is what really draws me to the kitchen! No tears!

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    • Marcia  October 3, 2011

      I can understand wishing for something you can’t have…no tears. There is so much other good food at the holidays! Besides, think of the benefits you’ll reap from NOT eating apple pie and other such unhealthy, yucky sweet foods!

      You’ll enjoy a healthier you and delicious turkey on Thanksgiving!

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  10. Tameri Etherton  October 3, 2011

    Yummmmmm. October just got a lot sweeter. I’ve never made an apple pie, but I’m going to now!

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    • Marcia  October 3, 2011

      Oh yeah, you have to try it, Tameri! It’s delish!

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  11. Donna  October 3, 2011

    mmmmm…great start Marcia!!

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    • Marcia  October 3, 2011

      Thanks, Donna. Getting hungry?

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