Sunday, October 7, 2012

Apple Overload

I was invited to a apple picking and baking party this weekend. I wasn't able to go to the apple picking since I was tutoring. However, I did partake in the baking portion of the festivities.

We made 4 different types of apple pies (apple rum raisin oatmeal, traditional apple pie, apple cranberry pie with a graham cracker topping, and apple rum raisin pie with pecans), 2 different types of breads (apple zucchini bread and apple coffee cake bread), 2 different crisps (apple pear crisp and apple berry crisp), an apple torte, and a caramel apple cheesecake. It was apple overload!

 It was the perfect way to really welcome fall! My favorite dessert that we made was the cranberry apple pie with graham cracker topping. We adapted it from a recipe that someone had written down and given to the hostess awhile ago.

Cranberry Apple Pie with Graham Cracker Topping

4 Macintosh Apples (peeled, cored, sliced)
1 cup fresh cranberries
5 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 premade pie shell (just the bottom)
1 1./2 cups crushed graham crackers
4 tablespoons butter or margarine

Preheat the oven to 375. Mix all filling ingredients in a large bowl, making sure to coat all apple pieces. Pour into pie shell. Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl using fingertips to create a crumb topping. Put on top of the apple filling. Place in oven for 30 minutes. Let cool on rack before serving.

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