It’s November which means it’s the start of baking season. (Let’s be honest, every season is baking season for me.)
I decided to kick off the season with an apple pie. Pretty boring, huh? I know. . so I fancied it up with brown sugar, a streusel topping and a caramel drizzle.
Tim really likes apple pie. I think it’s plain and normally choose practically any other pie over it. As far as fruit pies go, my favorites include cherry, blueberry and rhubarb.
Pecan and pumpkin pie are the go to for holidays in my family. Along with assorted other desserts. What desserts do you traditionally eat during the holidays?
I gotta admit, this apple pie was pretty delicious by apple pie standards. The brown sugar gives it a nice caramel flavor and it’s not too spicy. Plus, anything streusel topped is pretty yummy.
The only problem is that I almost forgot to get a picture before the entire pie was gobbled up. I hate it when that happens. And considering I was only feeding a few people, it went fast.
Since I’ve been thinking holiday baking, I’ve also been thinking gift giving and decorating. I strive to be done with my Christmas shopping before December. This year the pressure is on because Thanksgiving week Tim and I will be on vacation. That means less time in November to get gifts done.
Fortunately, I almost have it all done! Woo Hoo!!
Also. . .my Christmas cards are finished and ready to mail! I know. . .just smack me!
We are so completely ready to wrap everything up for vacation that this weekend Tim even brought our suitcases upstairs! Let the countdown begin!
Alright, actually Tim’s had a countdown going since we were 100+ days out. At the time it seemed he was just taunting me every time he told me “122 days till vacation”. Now it’s right around the corner!
Feel free to top this pie with ice cream. It would be yummy! I used Cool Whip. Also a standard in my family. Artificial goodness!
This would be a good pie to bake for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit. Pretty sure someone even ate 2 slices at one sitting the night I served it. But it’s fruit, so it’s good for you! Fruit desserts don’t count as “desserts”, right?
Caramel Apple Pie
1 recipe pastry crust for a single crust pie. (I used Pillsbury store bought!)
6-7 cups apple, diced (about 5 large)
Juice of half a lemon
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 recipe Streusel Topping
Place pie crust in a 9″ pie pan. Set aside.
Dice apples and put in a large bowl. Toss with lemon juice. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Toss to coat the apples. Pile the apple mixture into the pie crust.
Make Streusel Topping. (from previous post) Top the apples with the Streusel crumbs. Bake the pie at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes.
Cool the pie for at least an hour. Serve with ice cream, cool whip or whip cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. (optional)
This looks soooooooooo yummy! I just drooled a little.
Also, pumpkin and pecan pies are standard at our house at Thanksgiving. My MIL makes a chocolate pie that everyone loves. It’s basically just pudding in a pie shell but everyone loves it! Go figure.