Isn’t it funny how often plans are derailed? When I discovered this month’s Poppins Book Nook theme was cooking, literal me wanted to jump straight to an actual children’s cookbook. We flipped through a World cookbook and they wanted NO part of it.
Zany Apple Picture Books
They wanted The Gingerbread Man. I wanted Amelia Bedila’s First Apple Pie. Guess who won :)? We actually received the book as a gift from my aunt & uncle. Unlike the Amelia Bedia, we grew up, this one is a literal little girl, not a grown up. In this delightful fall favorite, Amelia helps make an Apple pie from shopping for a farmer at the farmers market to sneaking in her own tiny pie at the end. It’s full of silly Amelia jokes and actually does a great job of telling how to make an apple pie. I think my almost 7 year old would be able to do it after reading this book.
We also read Curious George Apple Harvest. This is a favorite as well. In typical Curious George fashion, George is helping pick apples in the Renkins’s orchard. Jumpy Squirrel comes in and grabs one and George chases him all over the farm trying to get it back. He ends up at the cider mill and accidentally turns all the apples into cider. As usual, it all turns out & George did something good by accident.
Filler-Free Apple Pie
Since we had a few apples left after making all our applesauce, I decided we should make an apple pie. While the book does include a pie & crust recipe, I used pre-made crusts and my own filling.
I am of the opinion that a fruit pie should be filled with fruit, not flour & sugar. Here is the apple pie filling recipe I got from my grandmother.
- 6 c apples, peeled & thinly sliced
- 3/4 c sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- nutmeg, to taste
- 1 T butter
- 9″ double pie crusts (bought or made, your choice)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Peel apples & slice thinly. I cut mine into quarters, cut out the core, and then slice as thin as possible.
Place apples in large bowl. Add sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg, if desired. Stir until well coated.
Put bottom crust into pie pan and pour apples on top. Put thin slices of butter around on top. Top with top crust and make several small cuts in top to vent.
Place pie plate ON A COOKIE SHEET (unless you would like to clean your oven later) and put on lowest rack for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 and bake for another 30-35 minutes.
I’ll be honest. We are STILL eating Halloween candy & I just made brownies for my book club, so I didn’t actually cook the pie. We put it in the freezer for Thanksgiving. And I forgot to take pics before I did. Oops!
To cook after freezing, put the frozen pie (do not defrost) into the oven at 450 for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature and cook for 45-50 minutes.
While its a little late to have shared this for apple season, it was the perfect topic for cooking. Were it not for the foot of snow already, I’d still be thinking it was apple season!
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