Pies!!! Apple, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie… perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime!

Pumpkin-Pie

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream

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Apple Pie with Lattice Top

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Apple Pie-with Full crust top (this is easier)

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Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Apple Pie before the Crust on Top

Pies are a great dessert for the Holiday’s or anytime… these recipes are pretty simple and delicious!

Apple Pie

  • Pie Crust (pre-made in the frozen section) you need 2 crusts. (one for the top and one for the bottom)
  • 3.5 cups apples- peeled and chopped in slices (the smaller the better so they cook through)
  • 1 (16 ounce jar of apple sauce- I use cinnamon apple sauce, but plain is fine if you don’t love the cinnamon flavor)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoon butter- chopped up
  • dash of salt
  • For the crunch topping
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter- softened at room temperature

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees.Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and mix. Stir in apples, apple sauce and lemon juice and pour on top of the crust, place butter through out pan.

Cut the other crust into strips for a lattice design or place uncut on top of pie and put slits in the top layer. (4-6 slits near the center in a circle works and looks nice)

Crunch topping: mix sugar, flour and salt in a bowl, mix in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly. sprinkle over the top of the pie crust

Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees- then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes until crust and topping are golden brown….can serve alone or with ice cream! (this can be messy when baking I suggest baking on top of a cookie sheet or foil in case it bubbles over)

Pumpkin Pie

  • Pre-made pie crust from the frozen section
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix but canned pumpkin)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (in the spice section- Mc Cormick makes one)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs- beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup evaporated milk or half and half

Heat oven to 425 degrees, mix ingredients in a bowl and pour pie mixture into pie crust.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees then lower to 350 degrees and bake for 40 minutes or until fork inserted in the center is clean (usually 40-50 minutes). Cool for 2 hours before serving. Can top with whipped Cream. Keep pie in the refrigerator.

Pecan Pie

  • 1/12 cup pecan’s
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frozen pie crust

The pecans taste better when they are pre-roasted (bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet)

Mix together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Stir in the pecans. Pour all into the pie crust. (you might want to place some of the pecans on the top of the pie). Bake for 20 minutes then cover with aluminum foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes. (the foil keeps the crust from getting too dark). Tastes great warm or room temperature and it is delicious with ice cream.

Enjoy!

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Apples!! Going APPLE Picking???…Recipes to help you use them up!!!

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Apple Bourbon Glaze over Grilled Pork Chops (can use over other meats as well)

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Apple, Goat Cheese & Arugula Pizza

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Apple Crisp

WE LOVE APPLES…if you have children chances are you have or will be going Apple Picking soon…

GRILLED PORK CHOPS WITH APPLE BOURBON GLAZE (this recipe can be used on other meats as well) serves 4

  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground blk pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 12 oz pork chops (can use bone in or out)
  • Olive oil

In a bowl mix together the above ingredients. Brush pork chops with olive oil and press in this mixture to coat.  Place in a baking dish, cover and refrigerate 12-24 hours if possible so flavors sink in. (you do not need to wait this long if short on time- at least wait an hour)

Bring Chops to room temperature before cooking

Glaze…

  • 1 12oz can thawed Apple juice concentrate
  • 1 cup Bourbon
  • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1.2 teaspoon kosher salt

Make the glaze: In a medium saucepan add the above & bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer to reduce and thicken, about 15 minutes on a medium heat.  If you like it spicy add 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper once it is off the heat.

Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. (if cooking inside heat on High)  Spray with cooking oil so chops don’t stick.  Place chops on the grill and grill for about 5 minutes on each side with cover on.  Then brush both sides with glaze and grill another 4 minutes on each side until glaze thickens and chops are cooked.

We like to half and seed apples and grill them to serve with the pork chops

APPLE, GOAT CHEESE, ARUGULA AND PECAN PIZZA…makes 1 pizza (serves 2 as main or 4 with something else)

  • Pizza Dough (you can make it or use store bought)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Thinly sliced Granny Smith Apple (other Apple types would work)
  • 1/2 Cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup fig preserves
  • 6 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 cup toasted pecans (optional)

Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees. If using home made pizza crust bake the crust half way, about 5 minutes.

In a sauté pan heat olive oil and sauté the Apple and red onion until tender.

Spread fig preserves on the crust.  Top with Apple/onion mixture & goat cheese and bake.

  • if using homemade crust Bake another 5-8 minutes until crust is golden brown and cheese is slightly melted.
  • if using store bought crust follow instructions…usually 15 minutes

When Pizza is done top with 1 cup arugula and 1/2 chopped toasted pecans (optional)

APPLE CRISP

  • 4 Apples (peel, core and thinly slice should make about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional but very yummy!)

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8 inch square pan.

Place apples in the pan.

In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, flour, old fashion oats, softened butter, cinnamon & nutmeg. Sprinkle over apples.

Bake about 30 minutes until top is golden brown and apples are fork tender. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Enjoy!