Delicious Harvest Apple Pie * Bringing Vermont Home

Our destination for FALL this year is Vermont. Vermont is one of my very most favorite places on earth. Fall in Vermont means stunning colorful autumn leaves of the sugar maples, the smell of sweet wood burning in the fire places, harvest dances at the local town halls, harvest full moon walks, plaid flannel, men letting their beards grow out in anticipation of hard cold winters, crisp fresh apples, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and a delicious harvest apple pie. When I lived in Vermont it felt like I was living in a movie. Everything you do in the small towns of Vermont is special unlike any where else in the world. Schedule a trip to Vermont and spend at least a week exploring the winding Green Mountain roads, little villages (yes they are called villages in Vermont), visit the local general/grocery stores, take a hike or swim in one of the many swimming holes of the fresh rivers. If you are there in the fall don't miss having a sip of fresh apple cider and an apple cider doughnut. Yes, it really does look like the beginning of Newhart even now in 2015 thirty years later and it's just as enchanting as the song Henry Mancini wrote for the show. Go a head and listen. You will imagine yourself driving from small town to small town peeping at the rainbow of colors that cover the mountains this time of year.

I love this recipe for apple pie because it's a mix of both a pie crust and the taste of an apple crisp blended together in this delicious pie.  I use locally grown apples which always taste best and are freshest. I was blessed this year to have a wonderful heirloom apple tree that is a remnant of the apple orchards that use to cover the small town of Orem, Utah.

Did you know? Many of the variety of apples where lost during prohibition because they didn't want people to make hard apple cider so the trees where cut down. So sad but if you are lucky and in Vermont and find a wild apple tree along the side of the road go and forage for some of these tasty old varieties that have long since disappeared from all most everywhere. You never know it could be along one of the roads (Hazens Notch Road) President George Washington sent the troops up to Vermont to build during the revolutionary war.

Harvest Apple Pie Recipe
makes one pie

Pie filling:

  • 12 fresh apples
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • pinch of sea salt
Peel and slice apples in about 1/2 inch slices. In a large mixing bowl add sugar and spices and mix. Toss apples in sugar spice mix. Set aside.

Pie Crumble Topping:
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cream butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
With a fork or your hands blend together ingredients until the mixture forms small pebbles. Set aside.

Add pie crust to 9 inch pie pan. Be sure to prick small holes in the bottom of the unbaked pie crust with fork. Add apple filling to the pan. Top with pie crumble topping. 
For the star fall decorative topping I tool a small cookie/pastry cutter added stars around the edge of the pie crust then made the star fall pattern starting at one side over lapping the stars then slowly spacing them further and further apart to get the star fall effect. This would also be pretty with a tiny maple left cookie/pastry cutter to make a wind blown leaf decoration.

Place pie pan on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. The pie will be bubbling hot so use caution when taking out of oven.

Sweet Tip: Let pie set up for a least 20 minutes before serving.

Easy Pie Crust Recipe * Food & Drink

Everyone need to have a basic pie crust recipe in their recipe box. This version of pie crust is super easy to make. I cut out some of the unnecessary steps you'll find in other pie crust recipes and guests what?!? It turns out just as good. Don't worry about it being perfect. If a piece of the crust after you put in the pan doesn't reach over the edge just take a scrap pie of crust and patch it.
This is the same recipe I used for the my Delicious Harvest Apple Pie. It's the recipe I use for all my pies.
I hope it makes you more daring in your baking and makes the saying " as easy as pie" become a reality for you.

Easy Pie Crust Recipe
makes 2 bottom crusts or 1 bottom and 1 top crust

  • 1 1/2 cup of unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cold water
In a food processor add all ingredients. Pulse on and off until blended and small pebbles of dough is formed. This can also be done with your hands.
Press dough together with hands. Forming a ball. Divide in two. Form into two balls; careful not to work the dough too much.
Place dough on a piece of parchment or wax paper tossing some flour over the top. Roll into a circle large enough to cover the pie pan; about 9-10 inches in diameter.
Place pie pan over the dough circle centering it. Flip the pie crust and plan over to put the crust into the pan. Press into pan. Using your fingers pinch the edge of crust to make a decorative pattern. 
With a fork prick holes to allow pie crust to vent while baking. Chill in freezer for 20 minutes then use as instructed in pie recipe.

Fall Decorating Ideas * Home & Garden

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found via Camille Styles-Thanksgiving Table
Tomorrow is the first day of October and I have finally accepted with a pumpkin spice latte in hand that fall is here.  I am in full fall decorating mode. Do you like to change up your house decor with the seasons? While looking around I found so sweet inspiration in fall arrangements. I am leaning towards keeping the Autumn decorations simple muted colors with a bit of rich cranberries and oranges as accent colors.

In this fall center piece I love that Elizabeth Anne used a cinderella pumpkin rather than the typical bright orange pumpkin.

Looking at this beautiful table scape from On My Hand & Greta Kenyon I love how they incorporated the food into the decor. It's the trio of pears accented with a bunch of sage absolutely charming. The colors are perfect for fall and so pretty.

I love how my friend Michael from Inspired by Charm took some grocery store flowers and some leaves from his trees to add beautiful bits of fall around his house.

Julie from always with butter simply took some fall colored roses and placed them in a little vase on her table. Added a touch of fall doesn't have to cost a lot. It can be found and foraged.

Poppies & Posies has added full branches to their autumn arrangement for a Thanksgiving table. These colors with the muted tones and rich accents that I am incorporating into my fall decor today.

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