Winding up our week on apples

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You can’t have an apple week and not have pie!
I’m sure you have a recipe for apple pie, but in case you don’t, here’s mine.

Apple Pie
12 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3/4 cup sugar, plus additional for pie top
Zest and juice of 1 lemon (or 2 TB bottled juice)
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
double batch pie crust (see below)

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all the filling ingredients together except the butter and put into pie crust. Dot with butter and place crust on top. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until golden brown and filling is bubbly. This pie was so high (some of the apples were pretty large), it took an hour and 20 minutes.

Pie crust
double the recipe for a two crust pie, like the apple above.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 TB plus 2 tsp cold coconut oil
1/3 cup cold butter
1/4 cup cold water

Measure flour, sugar, salt, coconut oil and butter into food processor (can put a double batch if making a double crust pie). Pulse for approximately 15 seconds. Slowly add as much water as is needed for dough to come together slightly. Do not process long! Dump into a piece of plastic wrap, squishing it all together to form a ball. Wrap well and refrigerate for at least an hour (longer is fine).
When it’s time to make the pie, cut in half for a double crust pie and roll out between two sheets of wax paper. I used fall cookie cutters to cut out shapes for the top crust of the pie yesterday. It didn’t cut as pretty as a regular double crust pie, but was still delicious! If using a rolled crust on top, make sure to cut slits in the top to vent the steam.

We also made apple prints this week.

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Painted a few more leaves for our autumn tree on the nature table, this time from coffee filters and watercolors.
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You’ll notice our nature table was moved, as Adelaide realized she could pull up on our previous table and start knocking things over 😉
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The evening sunset is getting earlier and earlier, so we have begun having dinner by candlelight again. We read a book about bees this week, and got a cool look inside their hive at the apple orchard, so I thought it was a perfect time to get out the beeswax sheets and roll our own dinner candle.

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I obviously need to take a better picture, but it’s done a wonderful job lighting our dinner table this past week.
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One Response to “Winding up our week on apples”

  1. Goldie Says:

    Love the apples! Can’t wait to see your post about the rainbow swap…

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