You’ve gotta love the fall!
Wearing warm sweaters, watching the leaves change colors, eating pumpkin spice everything, and best of all – apple picking! I make a point of going apple picking every year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to check out for a while, enjoy the outdoors, and nosh on all the apples I want.
This year, I stopped by Sun High Orchards in Randolph, NJ. From the quaint country store to the intoxicating aroma of pies, cookies, and donuts, Sun High Orchards really teased all of my senses and left an overwhelming feeling of FALL in the air. The place was flooded with families looking to pick some apples, stroll through the cornfields, enjoy a hayride, and pick out the perfect pumpkin from the patch.
At the end of the day, I came home with four huge bags filled to the brim with at least six different kinds of apples. But what were we going to do with ALL these apples? Why, make apple pie, of course!
There are a million different ways to make apple pie. Some people prefer the traditional apple pie with the flaky crust, but I always go the crumb topping route.
- 1 frozen deep dish pie crust
- 6 apples
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp allspice
- 1 cup flour
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup butter (softened but firm)
First, peel and cut the apples into slices and place into a bowl. (Don’t cut the slices too thin, otherwise the filling will turn out mushy!) Add the lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, corn starch, nutmeg, and allspice to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Next, pour the filling into the deep dish pie crust.
To make the crumb topping, combine the flour, dark brown sugar, and softened butter in a separate bowl. Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until you’re left with a crumbly mixture. Place the crumb topping onto the apple filling.
With the oven preheated to 375 degrees, place the pie in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, cover with foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Once the pie has baked for the full 50 minutes, remove from the oven and let it cool. Enjoy!