Apple Pie and Christmas Movies

I’m not sure which thought came first.

“I feel like apple pie…”

“I KNOW, Let’s watch a Christmas MOVIE!!!”

Haha they both seemed to come at once and they both just HAD to be done.

I COME from a land of White Christmas Wonderland, Hot Cocoa, Snowmen and Cherished Family Traditions.  I LIVE in a land of Summertime Christmas, Margaritas, BBQ’s and Secret Santas.  This has left me confused.

Every year, when winter comes in June and it gets colder and I NEED more comfort food, my heart screams, “It’s Christmas!!” I try to push those thoughts away. Really I do, but sometimes you just have to give in.

So yesterday, I woke up and added spice to my coffee grounds. Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Have you done this? I highly recommend it!! The smell and the taste is just divine and makes your regular filter coffee seem so boring.

Our son flew through his schoolwork as he could see that Mom was in the Christmas mood.  He knows me well and could tell that’s a sign for a great day, haha.

Second cup of coffee poured, then on to Netflix I jumped to see what Christmas treasures were available. Aha!  “The 12 Dates of Christmas,” that will do nicely!!

My enthusiasm must have rubbed off on Miss 2, as she then came toddling into the family room with her playdough in hand. “Mama, Christmas cookies?” So we watched the movie and made playdough “Christmas Cookies.”

Wow, could the day get any better?

Well, Yes, Yes it could!!  Thank you for asking. We could make APPLE PIE!!

After running a few errands, coming home and pouring yet another cup of delicious spiced coffee, we found another Christmas movie on Netflix, “Pete’s Christmas,” to play in the background, and we set to making the most delicious apple pie we have ever created.  Note, I hardly ever make apple pie so it was quite the treat!

Now, I don’t know about you but I have go to recipes. Base recipes that I love to play around with but I know will always work.  Pie Crust, Cake Base, and Christmas Cookies for me are found in my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  My grandma sent this to me several years ago and it has proved to be very valuable in my kitchen. So for this recipe, the pie crust is from the above cookbook and the filling and cooking method are all mine.

Pie Crust:

2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour

3/4 Teaspoon Salt

2/3 Cup Shortening (I used Butter)

8 – 10 Tablespoons Cold Water

Milk, Sugar (to glaze the top of the pie)

Filling:

8 Large Apples

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Tablespoons Corn Starch

1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

Dash of Ground Clove

Method:

Prepare the Pie Crust First.

Cut the butter into the flour and salt.  I added a dash of cinnamon into my flour as I like the flavour it adds.

It should look like this:

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Small pea size bits of butter, or a course clumpy sand. Haha

Add cold water by the Tablespoon, mixing quickly with a fork until it begins to come together into a ball of dough.

Work into a ball, divide in half putting one half away for the top of your pie and roll out to desired thickness and to fit your pie plate.

Line your pie plate with the dough. Loosely place foil and baking beans (or rice) over your crust and blind bake for 10 – 15 minutes. This helps the filling from making the bottom pie crust all soggy.

 

While the crust is cooking, start preparing your filling.

Peel, core and slice the apples. Eat some along the way.

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On to the stove top it goes.

Add brown sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Stir well, while cooking over medium heat.

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In just a few minutes it will look like this:

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Once a golden, thick, caramelly sauce has developed and the apples have just begun to tenderize remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.  Don’t pour screaming hot apple filling into your pie shell!

Your first pie shell should be cooling on the bench by now too.

While everything is settling, roll out the remaining half of your pie crust and decide how to decorate.  I decided to make a pretty lattice top on mine.

To finish, pour the cooled filling into the pie crust.

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Finish off the top of your pie. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

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Give your pie a little foil hat to keep it from burning and bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Remove the foil hat and bake a further 20- 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.

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Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!20160621_202939 (2)

My day is complete…

 

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40 Comments Add yours

  1. Angel Mbeks says:

    Enjoyed reading. Your kids are amazing and oh that apple pie looks everything Yummy

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    1. Oh I’m so happy you enjoyed! We had a lot of fun making the pie and watching movies…. oh and eating the pie. That was fun too! 😉

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  2. corrie says:

    Yummy, that looks really, really good.

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    1. Ooohhh it is yummy! Can’t wait for another slice tonight!! 😉

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  3. Yum, that does look delicious. I had to check the date you posted because Christmas comes in December here! So I was as confused as you, however if it wasn’t hot summer weather here, I would be inspired to bake apple pie or at least get my husband the baker to do it. 😀

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    1. Haha Christmas comes in December here too. It’s just that with the seasons being reversed here my heart tries to convince me otherwise. Winter has always been my trigger point for Christmas and holiday celebrations I guess. 😊

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      1. I definitely understand!

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  4. The pie…a thing of beauty ! I always buy an extra turkey for the freezer so that we can have a Thanksgiving feast some time in July. I also BBQ in the winter. It’s fun to break the rules. ☺

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    1. Yum!! Nothing like a good turkey! We officially celebrate Christmas in July too. Hubby got sick of me complaining about not having a proper winter Christmas and now we have a little celebration day with our kids one day a year! It’s a fun family tradition and it gets it out of my system for a little while anyway! Haha doesn’t stop me with the baked goods and movies tho! 😉

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  5. Sounds and looks yummy! If you want to watch the ultimate Christmas movie, try Christmas Vacation. It’s from the 80s but it’s incredibly funny. 😀 I sometimes watch this movie in summer (June or July) – just because it’s one of my all-time favourites.

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    1. Oh that is one of my all time favorites!!! I lost count of how many times we watched it last Christmas! It’s just the best! I bet I’ll be digging it out of our Christmas box soon! 😊 thanks for the reminder!

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      1. Ahhh, you’ve watched it a gazillion times too! To me it’s the ultimate Christmas movie.:)

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      2. Yes yes yes! Love it!

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  6. nancyruth says:

    Better Homes and Garden cookbooks have some very nice collections. I love it that you just went with the whole Christmas theme for the day. What fun! Ebeneezer Scrooge keeping Christmas all year long!

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    1. Absolutely! I have had it for 10+ years and it really is so helpful! Would definitely be my most used cookbook. Has the spills on it to prove it! Yes, I must admit I give in to my over the top Christmas spirit several times a year!😉

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  7. I’m definitely full on into summer mode but hey, Christmas is the happiest time of the year so enjoy!!!!

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    1. Oh trust me, we are longing for summer already! Just trying to make the most of the rainy, cold weather. A little imagination and two kiddos goes a long way, hahaha. 😉

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  8. danniijane says:

    I love this. It all looks so cosy and that apple pie looks amazing x

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun day!

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    1. Thanks for the follow! Your blog is looking great too, keep up the good work!

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      1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  10. Such a heart-warming post…I felt toasty and warm just reading it….which is saying something since it is quite damp, and a bit cool today….and, your kids are adorable…thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Haha that was kind of the goal of the day. It was a bit of a cold and yucky day and we needed to cheer up. It worked!

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  11. Looks delish and with ice cream! Yum!

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    1. Thank you! It sure didn’t last long. Thinking I might need to make another pie soon!!

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  12. And thank you for the follow!

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  13. violaswift says:

    Coming from Canada, I don’t think I could ever associate cold weather and snow with anything except Christmas!

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    1. It’s really really difficult! I find now, as well, that I feel like it should be Christmas at the beginning of winter AND the beginning of summer! Haha I’m a confused one. Thank goodness for Christmas on July! Haha

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  14. Anna says:

    That pie looks lovely and thanks for embracing your family’s unique traditions in such a public and fun way! Apple pie in July will probably one day be some of your children’s’ favorite memories.

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    1. I hope so!!! These kind of days are my absolute favorite!

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  15. I love both of those movies!!!! And apple pie! Lol you’re a good mom :).

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! We had an awesome day. Seems every time we cook and clean the Christmas carols and movies come out! Oh and I absolutely love your blog!! xx God bless

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      1. Thank you your so sweet! 🙂 I can’t believe you made a pie from scratch! Lol Do you watch Hallmark Channel during Christmas time! Talk about Christmas awwwesomnesd. Have s great week!

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      2. You should try it, it’s much easier than you think. 🙂 We don’t get the Hallmark channel here!!! 😦 Makes me so sad. haha, I am hoping Netflix releases a whole lot more this year. I absolutely love Hallmark movies, especially the Christmas ones.

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      3. Lol! I definitely will! 🙂 yeah, Hallmark movies are the best!

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  16. marcia pilar says:

    And now I must bake an apple pie and watch White Christmas and add cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg to my coffee. 😉
    Great blog. Looking forward to visiting.

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    1. Do it!!! Haha thanks for the visit and lovely comment. 😊

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  17. Wow! You make it look so easy. I am definitely trying this recipe!! 🙂
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