Saturday, October 2, 2010

Celebrate the Apple

Did you know that October is National Apple Month?  This will make my sister very happy to know.  That girl can down a bag of apples in one day...and I'm not even exaggerating.  Since we are acknowledging and celebrating the apple this month, I thought I would spotlight its greatness as well.


The largest apple ever picked was 3lbs 2oz...that's a pretty big apple. 
Red Delicious is the most grown apple...golden delicious is the second most grown.
There are over 2500 different types of apples grown in North America.
An apple a day is supposed to help fight cancer...and keep the doctor away.
Apples ripen 6-10 times faster when left in room temperature than they do in the fridge!
It takes about 36 apples to make one gallon of apple cider.
Greek and Roman mythology believe that the apple was a sign of beauty...hence where "apple of my eye" originated.
Half of the apple grown in the US are used to make apple products (sauce, cider, juice...)
They are yummy to eat and even yummier in an apple pie :)
(info obtained from healthdiaries.com, associatedcontent.com)

Andddd, you can't go wrong with this recipe:

Paula Deen's Crunch Top Apple Pie

Ingredients

Dough and Filling:

  • Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (homemade, frozen, or refrigerated)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped cooking apples
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces

Crunch Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a 9-inch pie pan with half of dough. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir in apples, applesauce, and lemon juice. Spoon apple mixture into pie pan and dot with butter. Cut remaining crust into strips; arrange in a lattice design over top of pie. For crunch topping, combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Using a fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over top of crust. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust and topping are golden brown.



Happy Apple Eating and Happy October!!!!!!!!

4 comments:

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

I love apples!

JG said...

That's so funny, I guess I would have thought it was pumpkin month, being October. :)

The Mrs. in Stilettos said...

This makes me want to try my hand at my first pie alone!

Aubrey said...

yummmy...thanks for sharing the recipe!!! Think I'll make it for my bookclub meet on Tuesday! We had two gorgeous green apple trees at our house in Washington! I miss them...and homemade applesauce!

Aubrey aka www.naturally-momma.blogspot.com :)