Friday, 3 October 2014

Apple Season

It's apple season in Ontario - warm, sunny summer days are slowly turning a little cooler and crisper in the mornings and evenings, the trees are blazing with beautiful autumn reds and golds, the ground is covered in fallen leaves and gardens are overflowing with ripe fruits and vegetables ready to pick.

apples, apple picking, autumn, fall, fruitFall always means a trip to the local apple orchard to pick our own apples. A couple of hours of old-fashioned outdoor family fun, of exploring the rows upon rows of twisted, gnarled trees heavy with fruit, of climbing the tangled branches and filling our baskets to the top, of eating the sweet, juicy apples fresh off the tree; of wagon rides and playing on tractors and feeding the animals in the petting zoo and pretending to get lost in the corn maze. It's one of our favourite fall traditions.

And what better way to finish off the day and use up some of those apples than with fresh-baked homemade apple pie!

apple pie, apples, baking, apple pie recipeEasy Apple Pie Recipe

8 large apples
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
2 pie crusts (I cheat and use store-bought)

1. Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon.
2. Peel, core and slice apples.
3. Sprinkle 1/3 dry mixture in pie crust, add 1/3 apple slices on top; repeat layering 3 times.
4. Insert second pie crust over apple filling. Crimp edges and cut vents in top crust.
5. Brush egg over entire crust.
6. Bake 45 minutes at 350F.

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