Wow, what a difference a week makes on the farm! It finally feels like fall around here thanks to cooler temperatures and I guess that’s what sent my taste buds reeling for all things apple. I could not make up my mind on what to feature this week on the blog so I decided to include five of my favorite apple recipes to give you a little inspiration for upping your apple game in the kitchen.
My go to dessert in fall is the Apple Crumb Pie because it can be assembled in less than 30 minutes with the help of Eckert’s frozen pie shells. No, I am not making my pie dough from scratch! Years ago my 90 year old grandma discovered Eckert’s pre-made crusts and she hung up her rolling pin! While I like to make dough from scratch, I rarely have time and I find that people just love the Eckert’s crust just as much. So if you are in a crunch for time and you are craving a classic apple pie, give our pie shells a try.
Our headliner this week, Apple Crumb Pie, is in good company with four of my other favorites. Slow-Cooker Vanilla Apples make a delicious dinner side dish and a next-day oatmeal topper. Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon is a classroom favorite because cheddar and apples are “oh so good” together. My kids love to concoct Game Day Nachos. It is super fun to sprinkle and drizzle a variety of toppings for this easily customized dish. And finally, Oven Baked Apples, Onion and Pork make a savory and sweet dinner entree that will impress the whole gang.
While these recipes ooze with fall flavor, I find myself making them year round with stored or frozen Eckert’s Apples. I hope you will give them a try this fall and find yourself a new year-round favorite!
Eat well this fall,
Eckert’s Apple Crumb Pie
5 cups apples, peeled and sliced (about 6 to 7 medium apples)*
1 (9-inch) unbaked frozen Eckert’s pie shells
1 cup sugar, divided
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 450°F. Arrange apples in bottom of pie shell. Mix ½ cup sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle over apples. Mix remaining ½ cup sugar and the flour in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture forms pea sized crumbs. Sprinkle over apple mixture. Place pie on a baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake an additional 30 minutes or until apples are tender and crumb top is nicely browned.
*The Eckert family “secret” to the best-tasting apple pie is to use a ratio of 4 Jonathan apples for every Golden Delicious apple.