Apple Pie

apple pie

Apple Pie and Baseball. These are two things dear to American’s hearts. There’s nothing like a piece of hot apple pie with a scoop of homemade ice cream on top for dessert, or a slice accompanied by a cup of coffee.

Don’t tear your hair out trying to follow a gourmet recipe with dozens of steps and ingredients. Here’s an easy recipe with delicious results.

FILLING

1/2 cup sugar (I use organic cane sugar)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
ground cinnamon-to taste
ground nutmeg-to taste
ground ginger-to taste
6 medium cooking apples (whatever your preference is), peeled, sliced 1/4-inch
dot with 4-5 slices of butter before adding top crust.
Mix together in bowl.

CRUST

Ingredients (for 2-crust pie, double recipe)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt (I use sea salt)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (I use organic cane sugar)
  • (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir briefly until completely mixed. Using a pastry blender or your fingers (I use my fingers), cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it’s in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Drizzle in 4 tablespoons of the ice water and mix just until the dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but don’t overwork the dough or it’ll become tough.)
  3. Shape the dough into a flat disk, cover it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then use it in the pie or tart recipe of your choice.

Roll it out into a circle and put it into your pie pan. If you are making a 2-crust pie, top with second crust and crimp the edges together. Add filling. Make 4-5 slits in top for air to escape. Brush with egg white and sprinkle course sugar on top. You can also slice second crust and make a lattice pattern. Bake in 350 degree oven until golden brown.

Giant Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

These are so yummy and so easy. The kids can easily make these with you.You can make them simple, or make them amazing, depending on what you add to them.

Ingredients

1 bag giant marshmallows

Chocolate chips (dark, milk, white) or melties (dark, milk, white, and many other flavors)

White Wilton sucker sticks (optional)

Toppings (nuts, graham crackers, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles) You’re only limited by your imagination.

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Cinnamon Roll Cake

If you like cake, and you like cinnamon rolls, this is the best of both! It’s great with coffee in the morning, or ice cream for dessert. The best part is it’s really easy to make!

Ingredients

Cake:

3 cups of flour

dash of salt

1 cup sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup butter (melted)

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

This is a simple dessert to make, but it comes out yummy!

Ingredients

1 box yellow cake mix

2 boxes of instant banana pudding 5.9 oz

Vanilla Wafers

1 8 oz tub of whipped cream

Directions

Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Pour into a 9×13 pan and bake. When done, cool completely.

After cake has cooled, take a round wooden spoon handle (or something similar) and poke holes in the cake. Make sure you go all the way to the bottom.

Prepare pudding as directed. While the pudding is thickening but still pour-able, pour it on top of the cake making sure to get it into the holes.

Spread whipped topping over jello.

Immediately crumble vanilla wafers on top and gently push into pudding with back of spoon. Leave some of the cookies a bit chunky.

Put in refrigerator to finish setting . Cut and serve. You may garnish with sliced bananas if you like.

*Keep refrigerated

Chocolate chip cookie brownies

Watch out for these. Two of your favorite things — together!

Ingredients

1 box of plain brownie mix

1 large roll of Pillsbury (or other brand) chocolate chip cookie dough (or you can make your own)

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