I convinced Emmett + Fletcher to visit another apple orchard with me on Sunday. Brad wanted to watch football so him and Lincoln cuddled up and Em, Fletch and I hit the road.
Like me, the boys adore anything Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch related. So we ventured to Pine Tree Orchard in White Bear Lake … along with the rest of the state.
The boys were so patient … we walked through the orchard, visited the pumpkins and then took a hay ride. I tried to bribe them with everything I could think of to NOT do the hay ride … the line was at least 45-minutes to get on. But they insisted that we do it … and actually waited patiently in line.
We came home with a huge bag of apples. We have made Apple Crisp half-a-dozen times so it was time to try something new.
Fletcher requested Apple Pie. I have never made a pie (nor do I really like pies) but I wanted to give it a try. They were actually super fun to make and pretty easy … this recipe is adapted from several I found on Pinterest to work for me:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut up about four cups of apples.
Then mix up:
8 tablespoons flour
One cup of sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Mix all of this on top of the apples so they are all covered.
Now the fun part …
Take a cookie sheet and refrigerated Pie Crusts. I used three crusts total - two come in a package.
You need to cut the pie crusts into 12 circles. I experimented with a few sizes and found a 5" mug to give me the right size circle. You will have to cut and then fold out again with a rolling pin.
The cut circle will set nicely inside each "cup" and then just fold the tops down.
Fill each cup with apple filling and then take 5 tablespoons of butter and cut into little pieces to fit one inside each cup.
Use the extra pie crust to make the fun criss-cross lines on the top. A pizza cutter worked well to get even lines.
I baked them for about sixteen minutes.
Serve with Ice Cream, I put a little cinnamon-sugar on ours! Delicious.
Here is a great Apple Crisp recipe too:
Get out and enjoy an orchard before the season is over! It is, after all, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!