Sunday, November 4, 2012

An Apple Harvest & Sour Cream Apple Pie

One of my most favorite things about living on this piece of property, is the apple trees out the kitchen window.  Here, as I sit on the couch, I can see tree limbs weighed down by golden bursts of fruit, and it near sends me into a frenzy as I don't want any one of them to go to waste!!

Last week we had just the opportunity to use said apples.  We made last-minute dinner plans with friends, and because the days have felt short and crazy lately, I opted for this slow-cooked meal and decided it was time for an apple dessert or bust! 

{Insert heaven in a pie pan.} 
{Insert another reason why I need Crossfit this holiday season.}

So upon Husband's return from work that day, I sent him and Uncle Tim to the trees with the golden bursts of fruit, and told them dessert was in their hands, and they did not disappoint.  Nor did the littles.  Which is why we made two pies!

Adapted from All Recipes 
1 unbaked 9 in. pie crust                              2 1/4 C. diced apples
3/4 C. sugar                                                          
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour                               TOPPING:
1/8 tsp. salt                                                  1/3 C. sugar
1 C. high quality sour cream                          1/3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract                                   1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg                                                         1/3 C. chilled butter, diced

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Press pie crust into and up the sides of a 9 inch pie pan OR use Marie Calendar's ready-made pie crust like I did.
2.  In a medium bowl, stir together 3/4 C. sugar, 2 Tbsp. of flour and salt.  Mix in the sour cream, egg and vanilla until smooth.  Add apples, and stir to coat.  Scrape the mixture into the pie shell.
3.  Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and continue baking for 30 minutes more.
4.  While the pie is baking, prepare the topping in a medium bowl.  Stir together 1/3 C. of flour, 1/3 C. sugar, and cinnamon.  Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
5.  After the 30 minute bake time has passed, cover the top of the pie with the crumb topping, and continue to bake for 15 minutes, or until the topping is lightly browned.  Allow the pie to cool, then refrigerate until chilled before serving.   Serve a la mode with vanilla ice cream or with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.  

Do you have any apple recipes that I should know about?  Do share!



Amber November 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM  

Oh yum. That looks so good. Lucky you to have those apples at your beckon call.

I do love Martha Stewarts Apple Crumb pie. And my friend's apple cake with carmel sauce. And I have made some carmel apple cheesecake bars off Pinterest that we're quite good... Can you tell I like desserts? :)

Enjoy your apples sis!

It's me November 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM  

Delicous !!!! from me and a happy week love love

b.marie November 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM  

Oh, I had to pin it to my desserts! It sounds yum-tastic!

Catherine Denton November 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM  

I found your site today through a comment on Susannah Conway's blog (hope that's not too creeper-ish). I'm so glad I did; your blog is beautiful. I've enjoyed reading through it and I'm following you now.
Catherine Denton

Anonymous November 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM  

Salivating. Hungry now. (Well written too.)

Dawn November 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM  

That looks amazing! Thank you so much for putting up this recipe. It's definitely something I'll be bookmarking for now and checking out later. I don't doubt my fiance will love it if I make it for him. :) I have memories of going to the apple orchard with my mom and brother when I was younger. It was always fun to go, and always wonderful to eat the things my mom ended up making with our picks.

Cassie November 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM  

Amber- I believe I need to look over your Pinterest "Dessert" board. I know you know how to pick a good dessert. Those apple desserts sound delish.

Britt- Thanks for the pin! Pinners will be glad everywhere!! ;)

Cassie November 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM  

Hi Catherine! Welcome to the blog! xx

Dr. Marc-- I have a strong feeling that this one will be part of the Thanksgiving feast!

Dawn-- Such special memories. I feel lucky that we are making similar memories with our little ones now, and that they'll be able to look back like you have. Enjoy the pie when you make it!!

Libbie November 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM  

ooooo sour cream Apple pie!!! That sounds soooo yummy! I have to print that one off! There is something about an apple tree isn't there? I just looooove apple goodies. They have a little extra magical element when you pick them from your own trees & then make some goodies don't they? THanks for sharing your recipies Cassie!

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