Monday, November 25, 2019

Megan's Dutch Apple Pie

It's been a minute since I wrote a blog post. Well, more than a minute.  Safe to say that a lot has happened since March of 2015. To sum it all up: I got engaged, married, traveled to Europe twice, adopted a dog, had a baby, and bought a house!

And in all that time, I've done a lot of cooking and baking. I've even taken pictures of what I was making in the hopes of writing a blog post, but never got around to it. But I sit here now, starting this entry after finally typing up the perfected version of my Dutch Apple Pie. I have another Dutch Apple Pie recipe on this blog, but it is so different from this one. This one is the stuff dreams are made of. It's a rich crust with matching crumb topping and warm, diced apples enveloped in sugar and spices. It's like fall wrapped you in a hug and welcomed you home. 

I've made this pie so many times without writing down the exact measurements of everything. I make it every year for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving. It always tastes the same, but I needed to write down exactly what I did so I wouldn't forget. Back in August, my friend Gaby requested this pie for her birthday since it is her favorite. Actually, in July, Gaby and Stephen texted me and said I should enter my pie into the Orange County Fair. It was too late to enter any contests this year, but I may consider it for next year. Which means I probably shouldn't share this recipe now, but I just can't wait! It's THAT good. Anyway, when I made the pie for Gaby's birthday, I finally wrote everything down. Now it's 3 months later and I'm getting around to typing it up in time for Thanksgiving. Such is life with a baby, I guess.

Okay, here it is. My pride and joy. My Dutch Apple Pie. I really hope you love this pie as much as I do!!

Megan’s Dutch Apple Pie

Crust and Topping:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups brown sugar
¾ cup oats
9 tablespoons butter
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
¾ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¾ tsp ground ginger

cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 ¼ cup cold water
4½ - 5 cup diced, peeled tart apples (Honeycrisp, Pink Lady)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
2 pinches kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, brown sugar, oats, butter, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger; reserve 1 cup of mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie plate.

In a large saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and water until smooth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in apples, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.

Pour filling into crust. Crumble topping over filling. Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, about 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Happy Thanksgiving!

<3 Buttercup

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Applesauce Bread

Applesauce Bread!
For those of you who know me well, know that I don't traditionally do well with free time. Once I even said it scared me! But I think that has changed. I am currently in the middle of my first week of my two week Spring Break. Two whole weeks off! I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful and relaxing just the thought of two weeks off has been. But the reality...oh it is even greater than I imagined! Chris and I went to Arizona for Spring Training for a few days and then did a little Costco tour along the 10 on how way home. Now my days involve working out in the morning, catching up on all my shows on the DVR, going to all the grocery stores, and cooking. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Deanna Cookies

Deanna Cookies are Gluten Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies :)
Once upon a time, I updated this blog on a regular basis. Now, whenever I get around to it, I seem to be apologizing for my absence. Well, here we go again. It's been almost a year since my last baking blog post and boy has my world changed. I moved to Rancho Cucamonga, moved in with Chris, and finally started working as a full-time school counselor at a school that I love, in a wonderful, small district, and with coworkers I adore. I'd say life is going pretty darn well. It's officially 2015 and I'm a very happy person! I do miss my friends and family in San Diego dearly, but it's a quick 2 hour drive (that I know SO well from the long-distance thing with Chris) and I have managed to make it back quite frequently.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Black Bean Brownie Bites

Black Bean Brownie Bites!
Well friends, it’s been too long. I haven’t posted in about 11 months and I sincerely apologize. Life has been wonderful in this past year and I just don’t have a reason to why I have been gone for so long. But you know what?? I am back! :)

Today I came home from work and I wanted to bake. But more than that, I wanted to blog! This is a rarity. I have baked plenty of delicious things in the past year, but never had the desire to photograph it and write it up for all of you. I think today was different because I didn’t spend my day sitting in front of a computer, so I don’t mind typing now.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Pesto, Artichoke Hearts, Mushrooms, Arugula, and  a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze.
Back in August, one of my Facebook friends posted a picture of her cauliflower pizza crust. I thought that was interesting, so I searched some food blogs for recipes. I found one on Recipe Girl that had nice step-by-step pictures (despite the fact that she made a Hawaiian pizza...eww, pineapple!), so I saved the link and emailed it to my sister Erin. I tend run new ideas by her before I actually tackle them. Well, in August we thought it was a good idea and now it's March. So, it took me 6 months to actually buy a head of cauliflower, but I guess that's what a day off is for!

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