Tuesday, September 24, 2013


The first apple in the basket
was bright and shy red.

The second apple in the basket
said, "What a cozy bed!"

The third apple in the basket
said, "Please move over there."

The fourth apple in the basket
said, "Now we are two pair."


The fifth apple in the basket
said, "Oh dear, me-oh-my!"
"This basket looks like pastry."
"I think we're apple pie!"

I'm sharing my favorite apple pie recipe. Most of the time I cheat and use Marie Callender's frozen pie crust. Rated the best store bought pie crust, and I can only find it at Wegman's.

Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie
Adapted from Bon App├ętit | October 2003

3-1/4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced 1/4 inch thick (I used tart Macs)
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
For filling:
Mix all ingredients in large bowl to coat apples. (I sometimes let this "marinate" overnight but you don't have to)

For topping:
Blend first 5 ingredients in processor. Add chilled butter cubes; using 
on/off turns, cut in until mixture resembles wet sand.

Put filling in crust, mounding in center. Pack topping over and around 
apples (my friend adds chopped walnuts to this topping). Yum! 

Bake pie on baking sheet at 350 until topping is golden, about one hour. 
(cover top with foil if browning too quickly). Bake until apples in 
center are tender when pierced and filling is bubbling thickly at edges.

Thank you for stopping by! I'm joining the Let's Dish Apple Challenge @ at Cuisine Kathleen, Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I have made that pie! I think my dd had found the recipe..we love it:)It's delicious..I think I prefer crumble tops.. Cute cute plates.. too..!
    I just tried a new pie..I will post soon..we can never have too many:)

    1. I prefer a crumble topping....love the sweetness. My friend adds walnuts to her crumble topping and I like that also.

  2. Hey Debbie...
    This makes me want an apple pie! your post is definitely appley!
    Love, Mona

  3. Adorable plates Debbie and I love your harvest flag! How fun to learn to press and make cider.Your pie looks & sounds delicious!

  4. Hi Debbie! I love your Apple tablescape and the apple dishes you've used for it on top of those great twiggie chargers! I love that Mc. Childs table, I just took myself pics of it in Neiman Marcus, lol.. Great job for the Apple challenge . Hugs,

    1. Fabby, I think you would enjoy the table as much as I do ;o)

  5. Lovin' the great colors in your dishes Debbie! How fun to be gifted apples, I'd have to make an apple pie too:@)

  6. Debbie, your apple plates are adorable and the apple pie is calling my name. I need to make an apple pie asap!
    What fun to learn how to make apple cider. That really says fall to me. Have fun! ~ Sarah

  7. Debbie, what wonderful plates for Kathleen's apple challenge! The colors are so pretty and I love your poem. The chair cover is the perfect one for your harvest theme. The apple pie looks fabulous and crumble tops are my favorite. Wish I could come right over. A slice for breakfast would be ok, don't you think?? Enjoy your cider making class this weekend... FUN! xo

  8. Hi Debbie, love the plates and your apple accessories. The pie looks so appetizing.
    It would be great fun to make apple cider. I just adore your MacKenzie Child's table.
    xo Linda

    1. Linda, do you think a new table might be on your list to Santa?

  9. Cute table...those salad/dessert plates really stand out against the bright yellow. The handful of tables I have viewed so far are all so unique in color...must be I am the only one that couldn't think outside the box by using mainly reds!
    Have a wonderful week, Debbie...

  10. Cute tablescape! I love your apple plates, Debbie.....Christine

  11. Beautiful table setting...and I am in love with your plates! What time is dinner?

  12. Hi Debbie, As soon as you mentioned the name of the dishes I was off to see if I could find them online, but so far no luck! I love them!! You are so lucky to be able to press cider. I hope you share your experience with us. Yum--thanks for the tip on the pie crust. I am all for easy desserts! Your table is wonderful! Linda

  13. What fun plates!! I love all the colorful pieces you have woven together with the apples and sunflowers!

  14. Debbie, my father had a little backyard orchard and would make apple cider. I inherited the press but they are strewn at various places. Nothing better than fresh apple cider which you cannot find very often. Pasteurization takes away the flavor. Your table is bright and fun, and your crumb pie looks delicious. Love your apple plates. Joni

  15. We love to visit Wegman's when we visit our son in Pennsylvania. It's a great store. That apple crumb recipe looks way too good! I need to try it, I have a bowl of apples ready for something! The Oneida apple dishes are great- I've never seen them before. Pressing cider sounds like fun.

  16. What a very fun table with so much to notice! Apple pie is a favorite in this house, and I much prefer the crumble tipping to another layer of pastry.

  17. What an adorable post! I love the apple plates - so colorful and fun. Your apple pie looks delicious, too!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  18. Cute poem, cuter table!! Pie looks so GOOOOD!

  19. Absolutely beautiful! Love those plates...

  20. What great apple plates, and what a cute poem. Debbie, you are so clever to use the flag on your chair. I'll have to remember that idea. The pie looks delicious, and I'll be looking for the MC pie crust. Thanks for sharing the recipe. laurie


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