Sunday, November 8, 2009

Apple Pie and My First GIVEAWAY!

My friend brought me over a bag of fresh apples from her grandma's tree last week:) I don't know the variety of apple, but they were a bowl of beauties! I decided to transform them...

Of course I made a pie, a french apple pie...the kind with the yummy streusel topping:) Mmmmmm:) Soooooo good!
With the leftover crust(and a bit of pie filling) I made a few mini apple hand pies:) They were flaky, tasty, and perfect for taking to the football game to share:) My 2 year old grandson still prefers my cookies!
And now... to my FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! I have had this item in mind for awhile as a giveaway and I found it at a local farm stand. It's not exactly like the one I own(made by Pampered Chef), but the only difference seems to be the way you anchor it. Plus, this one is a cheery apple RED! You can see my handy- dandy apple(and potato) peeler-corer-slicer(long name!) in action right here. This is a real time-saver!

If you've always wanted one of these gadgets, and even if you haven't, now is your chance to get your very own, brand new handy-dandy apple peeler-corer-slicer for FREE! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment and note your favorite recipe that uses apples:) Remember to leave a link to your blog, or your email address, so that I may contact you if you win!

The DEADLINE to enter is Tuesday, November 17, 5 :00pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be chosen through and announced the evening of November 17th.

GOOD LUCK! (See below for apple pie recipe)

French Apple Pie: (From Betty Crocker's Cookbook)
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of salt
8 cups thinly sliced peeled (tart) apples (8 medium)

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Make pastry. (recipe follows)
2. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and slat in large bowl. Stir in apples. Turn into pastry- lined pie plate.
3. Sprinkle apple mixture with
Crumb Topping:
Mix 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup firm butter until crumbly.
4. Bake 50 minutes. (Cover topping with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning.)

Pastry for Pie Crust (From my friend, every time!)
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Mix ingredients together and cut with pastry cutter until pea size. Set aside.

Meanwhile, mix together
1/3 cup AP flour and 1/4 cup of water and add to above mixture.
Mix and roll out.

(This recipe is enough for a double crust.)


  1. Hands down my faovirte apple dessert is apple dumplings...yum!!! This is such a fun fingers and toes are crossed I win:)

  2. Ok, I want this apple peeler. My favorite recipe with apples is...warm apple cake with vanilla ice cream, yummy!!!

  3. Hi Sue,

    That French Apple Pie from Betty Crocker is classic, and still the best.

    Let's see, favorite apple dessert... I love turnovers. It have to be turnovers.

    Giveaways are fun!


  4. make that *has* to be turnovers. Where did my grammer go? Maybe I don't need grammer in Idaho lol.

  5. How exciting--a fun giveaway!! My favorite apple dessert is a French Apple Galette--it's the perfect ratio of filling to crust!

  6. Im all about apple pie, but a french apple is my favorite! Its the time of year for them too! Your Apple pie pockets reminded me of this awesome product at

  7. I love apple desserts and your apple pie looks so yummy!

  8. I love apple-spice muffins! Yummy! Although I recently made candied apples, and they were pretty fantastic!

  9. I love apple pie
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  10. French apple pie a la mode (that last part is most important. And it's even better with caramel sauce). =)

  11. i love love apple pie!!!your apple pie looks so delicious!!

  12. Sue, the french apple pie looks delicious, and so do your mini apple hand pies. I would do the same if I get a basket of apples from someone.

    Hm, my favorite recipe that uses apple? That should be Apple Crumble Pie.


  13. Last week I made a Green Apple Granita. It's my new favorite apple dessert. An apple peeler/corer/slicer could of totally made this recipe faster to make!

  14. I would love to have this! My favorite apple recipe is my grandmas homemade apple pie

  15. I'm following your blog. My very favorite is apple crisp!

  16. I follow you. My absolute favorite is my gramm's homemade apple pie