Adventures in Apple Picking

As I alluded to earlier, we had an absolutely fantastic time apple picking this weekend. I was shocked that the trees were so fully in bloom when it was still 80+ degrees outside and feeling very much like summer still! We had an incredible time picking ‘the perfect apples’ and got a tad overzealous. I have about 50 apples waiting for my in the kitchen to use to our family’s delight! The apples we picked are a tart, yellow apple, which  means they are perfect for baking purposes.

I’ve decided on two recipes to make tonight that look easy, cost-efficient, and delicious! Luckily, I have most of these  ingredients already, so this couldn’t be much more convenient for a quick baking sesh.

Cinnamon Apple Pie

Cinnamon Apple Pie

Cinnamon Apple Pie [http://www.momsconfession.com/cinnamon-apple-pie-recipe/]

Classic apple pie. This recipe calls for very few ingredients and uses a prepared pie crust –  makes life soooo much easier, and in my opinion, just as good as homemade (debate as you will!).

Simply toss about 8 cups of apples with flour, sugar, and cinnamon and let them sit while preparing the crust. Spoon the mixture on top of the crust, and place some cut up butter on top of the mixture. Place the top of the crust on – but be sure to cut some slits into it to allow the steam to escape. Brush the top with an egg wash and sprinkle the top with some cinnamon sugar. Bake for about 30 minutes, allow to cool, and wait about 20 minutes to cut into it.

Guaranteed to make your house smell AMAZING! Tip – make ahead and freeze for a dinner party or Thanksgiving!

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp [http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/2014/10/apple-crisp.html]

Just as easy, just as delicious…this recipe is awesome! First, combine the crumb toppings: flour, old fashioned oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and butter. Then, in a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until blended, add in lemon juice, milk, and vanilla and stir well. Then stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over apples and toss to coat. Pour into a baking dish and spread the crumb topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 35 minutes. That’s all!

Really can’t get over how easy both of these recipes seem and how amazing they look in the pictures! It may still be hot outside, but bring on fall!

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