I am truly enjoying this Fall season. I especially loved picking up these apples on my way home from Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago. My husband scouted out an apple orchard and with the help of our GPS we found it. There were so many choices of apples to pick from. I can’t even remember all the names. We got a bag and just started filling it with different varieties of baking apples and a few extra for eating. I always use a variety of apples when baking pie, cobbler, or crisp. The flavor is just unbeatable. I used a special family recipe it’s just the best! The ride home was just beautiful with all the colors of the changing leaves. I made my apple crisp the day after we arrived home. I couldn’t wait! It took a while to get this posted, I do hope you give it a try.
As you can tell this recipe was used many times. I used some of my crisp mixture to make a few extra little servings. They get tucked in the back of the refrigerator for late night snacking.
The crisp may be served warm or cold. It is so rich in flavor from all the apples you can skip the customary scoop of vanilla ice cream. But if you must go for it!
I have been dreaming of baking an apple pie for several weeks now. The fall chill in the air just seems to beg for the oven to be lit. My husband, Joe and I planned a quick getaway last weekend to Pittsburg. He was born in Pittsburg and grew up in the boro of Castle Shannon. I decided to wait on my pie so I could purchase the apples from a farmers market nearby. Trax Farm has so many different kinds of apples. Joe’s Mom Helen always made her apple pie with star apples. I was going to look for those apples to make my pie just like his mom’s. Unfortunately they had no star apples. Since there were so many different kinds of apples I decided to use a variety of apples for my pie. I chose Jonathan, ginger gold, golden delicious, Jonagold, and granny smith. I loaded up my bag and paid. It was cool enough in the car that they wouldn’t spoil for the few days we were visiting. We had such a great time sight seeing and visiting Joe’s old neighborhood. We even made it to the Steelers game on Sunday due to the generosity of an old college buddy of Joe’s who lives in Pittsburg. I was so excited on our return home to make my apple pie. I waited till the next day and rolled up my selves. I relived our trip in my mind as I prepared the pie. When Joe came home from work that day we enjoyed a piece after our dinner. It was so delicious! I’m sure it was all those different apples and the fact that they came from Pittsburg of course!
Double crust pastry
8 cups apples, different varieties of baking apples. Peeled and sliced.
2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons of whole milk
Prepare your favorite pastry crust chill for a least 1 hour or purchase a ready-made crust. Peel and slice the apples. Toss the apples with the lemon juice. Add the sugar and spices and mix with a spoon until evenly coated. Roll out the bottom crust and fill with the apple filling. Dot the top of the pie with diced unsalted butter. Roll out the top crust and place on top of the apples. Crimp the edges. Brush the top crust with while milk, and then cut slits in the top of crust to make a vent. Bake in a pre-heat 375 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cool and refrigerate and serve cold.
When my children were very young we lived in Washington State. We had a beautiful home in the little town of Tracyton. We had a big yard where the kids could run and play. There was an old apple tree just off the side of the house. You could see it from the kitchen widow. My son’s Justin and Daniel were able to climb up the tree pick some apples and shake some to the ground. The apples were light green, tart, and firm enough to make apple cobbler. My boys were happy to gather the apples, they were dreaming of their favorite apple cobbler. The gathered apples were brought into the kitchen and the baking would begin. Fall always reminds me of those fun days with my boys, and Washington State. I’ve been seeing many varieties of apples at markets and the grocery store. As soon as there’s a chill in the air I’m ready to bake that cobbler. It’s chilly and rainy today so I don’t mind using my oven. I picked up some granny smith apples for the cobbler. Even with all the variety of apples, I love granny smith for this cobbler. I gently simmer the apples in sugar, flour, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, freshly grated lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice. Simple fresh ingredients, when simmering can take you back to your own childhood. This cobbler has a biscuit topper which I absolutely love. The tender biscuit with just a little crispness from the baked top, mixed with the tender lightly sweetened and lightly spiced apples. That says fall to me! This cobbler is delicious on its own, but if you must a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be just fine.
Apple Cobbler with a Biscuit Topper
Recipe adapted from The Better Homes and Garden Cookbook
6 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
½ Cup organic pure Florida cane sugar, or granulated sugar (I used Organic pure Florida cane sugar)
½ Cup lightly packed light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ Teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 Teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
In a heavy bottomed pot combined the sugars, flour, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, pinch of salt. Stir all ingredients together. Add the apples and the lemon zest. Stir the apples to coat with the sugar mixture. Over a medium heat bring apples to a gentle boil. Add the lemon juice, stir and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot with a lid. Simmer 10-12 minutes. You’re just getting the apples tender. While the apples are simmering make your biscuit topper. Butter a baking dish and pour your tender apple mixture into the dish. Drop the biscuit topping on the apples with a tablespoon. Place cobbler on a baking sheet. Sprinkle topper with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
1 Cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons pure Florida cane sugar, or granulated sugar
1 ½ Teaspoons baking powder
¼ Teaspoon salt
¼ Cup Unsalted butter, very cold
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼- 1/3 Cup milk
In a medium bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk to sift the ingredients together. Cut the butter in with a pastry blender till it resembles little peas. Add the egg and milk use a ¼ cup up to 1/3 of milk. Combine with a wooden spoon.