Friday, October 14, 2011

Baking Day - A Thanksgiving Apple Pie

All Photos - The Grower's Daughter

Tomorrow night is our second Thanksgiving dinner for my husbands side of the family.

It's going to be an intimate dinner and a nice quiet evening with family.

My mother-in-law is making the turkey and potatoes, my sister-in-law the vegetable sides, and I will be bringing desert and the stuffing (my favourite part).

We've already enjoyed a pumpkin pie so I thought I would bring something different. With our orchards full of delicious apples and luscious pears, I decided to make the most of the abundance of fruit and make an apple pie.

I've recently fallen in love with Donna Hay. Her cookbooks have quickly become a favourite of mine. The styling is gorgeous and the recipes are simple.

Today I used her recipe for Sweet Shortcrust Pastry. I then used my own recipe for Apple Pie Filling and voila! Dessert.

Here is the recipe below.

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
2 cups plain flour
3 tbsp. caster (superfine) sugar
5 oz cold butter chopped
2 -3 tbsp. iced water

8 Green apples
1 tbsp. ground Cinnamon, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. plain flour
1 tbsp. water

1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. raw sugar
1 tsp. ground Cinnamon

In the food processor, combine sugar, flour and butter. Pulse until it's the texture of fine breadcrumbs. While the motor is running, add enough iced water to form a smooth dough and process until just combined. Knead dough lightly, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out 2/3 of dough and line plate. Mix filling ingredients together. Fill shell with filling and cover with remaining dough. Brush with a lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 30 minutes until golden.

 I prefer the raw sugar on top to give the crust a delicious crunch!

I found this classic glass cake stand for $19 on my last trip down to Ohio. It's my new favourite.

Yesterday my husband, son and I went for a lovely afternoon hike at a local Provincial Park. It's peak time for the changing of the leaves here and we couldn't get enough of the brilliant fall colours and crisp fall air!


  1. Oh, it looks yummy!

  2. Can you e-mail me a piece? haha! It look delish!

  3. Looks so very delicious! Happy everything fall!

  4. Such a peaceful post .I am so glad I've found your blog.
    Enjoy the season !

  5. What a lovely walk you and your husband must have had. I'm happy for you but a little jealous too. Where I live I don't get those beautiful fall leaves! Hugs and Tweets!


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