Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things
The kids and I love working in the kitchen – today’s adventure includes making a homemade apple pie and cinnamon things. When I think about things that remind me of my mom – apple pie is one of them. She makes the best apple pie I’ve ever had. I typically use her recipe and still don’t think my pies are as good – I’ve gotten better over the years but pie dough is still a fickle creature to me. Some days it comes out amazing – others a crumbly mess (today’s crust was leaning towards the bad end of the spectrum to be honest!!).
For the crust my mom always uses Betty Crocker’s recipe (as do I)
(yield – 1 – 9 inch two-crust pie)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tbs shortening
- 4 to 5 tbs cold water
- Mix the flour and salt in medium bowl.
- Cut in shortening with pastry blender (I use my stand mixer) until dough pieces are the size of small peas.
- Sprinkle with the cold water 1 tablespoon at a time (1 to 2 teaspoons extra if necessary).
- Gather dough into a ball.
- Cut in half and shape into two balls.
- Roll pastry on lightly floured surface.
For this pie I used a quart jar of apple pie filling I canned in the fall. The recipe for the apple pie filling is from The Canning Diva’s site and can be found here. I find that one quart jar doesn’t make the pie quite as thick as I would like it to be so I add a couple fresh apples. I top the filling with a few pats of butter, roll my second piece of dough, place on top, flute the edges, prick the top crust with a fork and mark with an “A”.
I bake the pie with a pie shield (you could use foil wrapped on the fluted edges) at 350º until bubbly.
Growing up my mom always made “Cinnamon Things” (I’m not sure why they are named cinnamon things – that’s just how it was in our house) anytime she made pie dough. You form a ball with the remaining dough (I always make an extra single batch – half the recipe above), roll it out, sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar, roll it up, and cut. You bake them with the pie until they are golden brown – roughly 20 minutes.
The kids love pie dough so its hard to keep them from eating any pieces they can get there hands on – it reminds me of the seagulls from Finding Nemo – shouting – “mine, mine”. I’m happy to pass on my love of baking – it is so much fun to see their skills develop over time. Do you have any recipes that make you think of special loved ones? If so feel free to leave a comment – I would be happy to feature recipes if anyone has one they would like to share.
Join us during #AppleWeek in our celebration of all things Apple!
Monday: Appetizers and Drinks
Apple Pie Martini by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline’s Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides
Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm
Wednesday: Sweet Treats
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Apple Swirl Buns by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket’s Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Nana’s Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table
Thursday: Apple Projects
Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline’s Cooking
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Friday: Anything Apple Goes
1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline’s Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy’s Cooking Adventures