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A Recipe For Your Weekend: Classic Apple Pie with Oat Crumb Topping

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Excerpt from www.littlekitchenbigflavors.com.

Apple pie slice à la mode.

Can you feel it? It’s Fall. It’s here. Gone are the days of the 9 PM sunsets and mornings wearing short sleeve shirts and flipflops.  Turn off the air conditioners and pull out the jackets.  Because the cooler weather is here to stay.  Can you smell it?  I can’t pinpoint where that Fall smell comes from, but I do know it’s there.  Something to do with the leaves falling from the trees and the dry, crisp air, I think.  So, pull out your pumpkin and spice-scented candles.  Get this pie in the oven and let the whole house fill with the comforting aroma of sugar, cinnamon and apples. It’s time for pumpkin cappuccino and Octoberfest beers.  The Halloween costumes are already lining the store aisles.  Apples are fully grown and ready for picking out at the local farms.  And, every year, we head out to Becker Farms to pick a bushel of apples for pie making.  Except this year, because of our wacky spring weather, only 10%  of their apple crop grew.  So, while pick-your-own apples weren’t an option, we still headed out there to snag some of their pre-picked McIntosh apples.  Let the pie-making begin.

Peel, core, dice.

This is the same apple pie recipe that my Mom has been making for years.  Except, unlike her, I make my own crust.  But, you could absolutely swap out homemade for store-bought.  This has been my mother’s approach to pie crust for years (to my Grandmother’s dismay), and I promise that every slice is still promptly gobbled up.

Pie filling in the unbaked crust.

Do you even need me to sell you on how perfect apple pie is?  Very simply one of the best all-american desserts around.  And this variation, with the oat crumb topping, is my favorite.  It’s like a delicious cross between apple pie and coffee cake.  Using plenty of cinnamon, sugar, and butter.  It is the best ending to any meal and a great beginning to any day.  I love how the juices from the apple combine with the granulated sugar to form a syrup that coats the bottom layer of crust.  So, while the crust is flaky and crisp, it’s also sugary and soft.  And, who doesn’t love a crumb topping?  The crunch adds a complementary texture to each apple-sogged bite.  And, it’s lot easier than the whole lattice crust method, and still looks just as lovely on the plate.  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and settle in to Fall.

Finished apple with with oat crumb topping.

Classic Apple Pie with Crumb Topping
Serves 8. Prep time: 2 hours, 30 minutes. Cook time: 50 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Apple Filling
    • 8 medium McIntosh apples
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Crust
    • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup butter (one stick, cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Oat Crumb Topping
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    • 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
    • 1/2 cup butter (one stick, cut into 1/2 inch pieces)

Directions

Crust

  1. In a food processor fitted with a pastry blade, blend flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder together. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
  2. Mix water and apple cider vinegar together, add to processor. Pulse until moist clumps form. Keep pulsing (adding more water, one teaspoon at a time, if mixture is too dry) until dough just forms into a ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour.

Oat Crumb Topping

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and oats. Then add butter pieces. Use fingers to pinch the mixture together until it resembles crumbs. Set aside.

Apple Filling

  1. Roll out crust dough into a 13 inch round. Transfer to a greased 9 inch glass pie dish. Fold excess dough over, and press to seal the seams. Then, use a fork to crimp edges around the rim of the pie dish. Freeze crust for 20 minutes.
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples into 1/2 inch thick slices. Toss with cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1/4 of oat crumb topping mixture on bottom of unbaked pie crust. Pile apple filling on top, mounding in the center. Press remaining crumb topping onto the apple filling.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Turn temperature down to 325 and continue baking 20-30 minutes more until topping is brown and filling is bubbling. Tent pie with foil if the topping is browning too quickly. Cool before serving.

Post, photos and recipe courtesy of Mrs. Flavors at the local blog Little Kitchen Big Flavors. You can find the original post and many more delicious seasonal recipes at littlekitchenbigflavors.com.

Announcing the Edible Buffalo Ultimate Autumn Dinner Party Contest

In Uncategorized on October 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

PHOTO/Carole Topalian

We love Pinterest and we hope you do too- because we have a contest for you! In honor of our fall issue, we want you to create a board that envisions your ultimate autumn dinner party. The winner will receive a $250 gift card to Farmers & Artisans in Williamsville, New York as well as a personal shopping experience with advice and information from their in-house chef, baker, and farmer Julie Blackman! With all that help, you’re one step closer to making the dinner party of your dreams a reality.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Follow us on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ediblebuffalo/.
  2. Create a board entitled “My Edible Buffalo Ultimate Autumn Dinner Party.” Boards without this title will not be eligible to win.
  3. Pin 6 or more images of local and seasonal ingredients, recipe ideas, tablescapes, decor and anything else you think enhances vision for your ultimate autumn dinner party. Boards must include at least one local item and one seasonal item.
  4. Use the hashtag #EBFall for each pin included on the board.
  5. Last but not least- repin this image and then paste a link to your board in the comments beneath this image so we can check it out!

The contest will end at 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 31st and the winner will be announced Thursday, November 1st. They will be chosen based upon the criteria above as well as overall creativity. If you have any questions contact us at info@ediblebuffalo.com

We’re looking forward to seeing your ideas. Remember- the more local and seasonal, the better! Good luck!

Pinterest, Parties and Prizes!

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

PHOTO/Carole Topalian

Do you like free stuff? How about free stuff from great local farmers and producers?

What about fall? Dinner parties? And how about Pinterest?

If any of this sounds good, we’ve got a contest for you! Starting Monday, October 1st we’ll be launching a month-long contest on Pinterest.com for readers- the Edible Buffalo Ultimate Autumn Dinner Party. The official rules and instructions will be posted and you can start pinning that evening, but we’ll let you in on a little tidbit for now- the prize!

The winner of Edible Buffalo’s Ultimate Autumn Dinner Party Contest will receive a $250 gift card to Farmers & Artisans in Williamsville, NY, as well as a personal shopping experience with advice and information from their in-house chef, baker, and farmer Julie Blackman! It’s a great opportunity to make your dinner party dreams a reality while supporting local business.

Check back here Monday evening for the full details- and start brainstorming! You can check us out on Pinterest in the meantime and learn more about Farmers & Artisans at their website: http://farmersandartisans.com/.

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