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Apple Pie Muffins: Fall Foods!

I love to bake!! Fall brings out my need to bake, there is something about the cooler weather that always makes me want comfort food. I especially like to cook with fall ingredients so I love to find anything I can bake with apples and pumpkin, like these apple pie muffins. Lucky for me we live near apple country so I have access to lovely fresh-picked apples right from the farm.

We love taking the kids and enjoying a great day at the apple farm running around picking apples, laughing, and chatting with the kids. We have dinner at a restaurant in the town and we make it a slow-going enjoyable fall day.

When we come home we like to find ways to use the apples. We, of course, enjoy some in lunches and as snacks but we also cook a lot of them that weekend and can them for future use. I prep them for pies, and we make muffins. I really love this Apple Pie Muffins recipe. My kids enjoy eating them for breakfast, as a snack in their lunches, or as an afternoon snack. What I love best about the recipe is that I can alter it if I need too. We like to eat things with less sugar, so we substitute  half of the sugar with applesauce (which also gives it a moister/more apple taste!)

Apple pie muffins

Be sure to go check out Damn Delicious’ recipe now. It is the best we have tried so far! Be sure to check out the other amazing recipes when you are there!

September Adventure: Apple Picking

September is the beginning of the fall season and that means harvest time at apple farms. Apple farms are great because many host picking parties or allow families to come in on the weekends and enjoy a day of apple picking. Apple picking is fun for families, it is not just an outdoor activity it is also a way to bring home a healthy treat. It is also a great way to introduce your children to different types of apples and how to eat, bake, or cook them.

Gala Apples: Gala apples are smaller apple and are usually a mix of yellow-green and red. They are very sweet and have a ver thin skin and they ripen very early usually the first week of September. They make excellent snacks, pies, and baked apples.

McIntosh: The McIntosh (or Mac) has red and green skin. This is a very popular apple because it is used in applesauce and cider. It has a tart flavor with white flesh. It usually ripens in the first two weeks of September.

Honey crisp: Honey crisp is well loved for its sweetness, firmness, and slight tart taste. It is the perfect snack apple and tastes great with caramel. It usually ripens in mid-September.

Jonathan: Jonathan is a favorite amongst bakers. It creates incredible pies thanks to its sweet and robust flavor. It usually ripens mid-September.

These great apples are perfect for picking during the month of September and would help create some incredible family memories. So consider an apple picking outing this year and once you get all those apples home try this great apple danish recipe!

What You Will Need:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup milk

10 apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg white

What You Will Do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.)
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Beat egg yolk in measuring cup and add enough milk to make 2/3 cup total liquid. Stir into flour mixture until all flour is damp. Divide the dough in half. On floured surface, roll half the dough into a rectangle and fit into a 9×13 inch pan.

In large bowl, combine apples, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put apple mixture in pan. Roll out remaining dough and place over apples. Seal edges and cut slits in top dough. Beat egg white till frothy and brush on crust.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until golden brown.