Finally, we are to my absolute favorite part – dessert. I love making dessert. I love eating dessert. Dessert hates me. Oh wait. Today is so not the day to be talking about that. Today is the day to revel in dessert, to dream of dessert, to enjoy just that one day we have to eat dessert, no excuses. NO EXCUSES! And really, now that Black Friday sales are starting on Thursday night in so many places, if you are doing that whole thing you will work it off right away. Seriously, WHY must they start that early? WHY??!! Oh yeah, back to my happy place – dessert.
I love apple pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, brownies, tiramisu, cannoli, lemon meringue, coconut cream…….
I love dessert, but on Thanksgiving me MUST HAVE apple pie, pumpkin pie, and cheesecake. I.MUST.HAVE.CHEESECAKE. Okay, I don’t HAVE to have it but I really like to and am dreaming of a pumpkin cheesecake this year. Problem is I can’t share my cheesecake recipe because it isn’t mine. I use Junior’s Cheesecake Cookbook: 50 To-Die-For Recipes for New York-Style Cheesecake for my cheesecakes. You have got to go buy this book and try it for yourself. AMAZING. The other option is to pay UMPTEEN dollars and have them ship you one. Trust me. Buy the book.
Today I am sharing my top secret apple pie recipe. My mom always uses this recipe with rave reviews and I have no idea where she got it. In fact, we have made this pie so many years I bet she doesn’t use the recipe anymore either.
I’m not sharing the crust recipe because I can’t share that either. So sad, but if I did you would come back and have some complaint with it because I don’t measure. The day I measure it doesn’t turn out right. I just KNOW how it’s suppose to feel and when it’s done, it’s done. Use your favorite crust or buy a pre-made one at the store.
Buy your favorite baking apples but if you need a recommendation, Washington, Ida’s or Gala are my favorite. Now prepared to be amazed by how difficult this is.
Apples, appr. 8 large – peeled and sliced thin (slice top to bottom in wedges) to fill a pie pan to heaping over. Yes, overfill that baby. They cook down.
3/4 cup sugar
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon, depending how much cinnamon you like
1 tablespoon flour
Mix these ingredients in a bowl.
Put the pie crust in a pie plate.
Put apple mixture into the crust.
Add 1 Tablespoon of milk – splashing throughout the pie.
Add a pinch of cinnamon over the top.
Dot top with 2 tablespoons butter cut into small pieces.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, splashing across the top.
Cover with a top crust.
Poke some holes in the crust – get fancy and make a fork design or something if you are cool like that.
Bake at 375 for approximately 45 minutes.
I usually make a larger hole in the center so I can stick a fork in it after 35 minutes to see if the apples are soft.
Link up and share your favorite desserts with us. Today I am linking up with Barb at Frugal Kitchen and Steph at Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom.
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