Andrew took me on my first apple picking adventure to Anderson Apple Orchard near Indianapolis. I had so much fun walking through the rows of apple trees and was amazed to be able to buy about 20 apples for just $5. I know people grew up apple picking or having access to apple orchards, but this was a first for me because there aren’t any apple orchards in Hawaii and it costs just about $5 for 1 apple!
Here’s a picture of some of the Red Delicious apples that we picked. We got to randomly choose apples and taste them. We saw so many cute families having picnics and puppies running through the trees.
Andrew took this picture of me in my apple-euphoric state. Our apple-picking trip made me excited to go to a pumpkin patch and maybe even chop down my first Christmas tree this year (Hawaii doesn’t have those either). I’ve been to a pumpkin patch in Oregon. I’ve gone to the same one every year on Sauvie’s Island along with the Haunted Corn Maize.
I promised Andrew I would bake something with all of the apples we picked. Yesterday I baked my first apple pie, and it was delicious! Since it was my first time baking apple pie, I kept it simple. For the crust, I just used Pillsbury ready-made crust, and for the filling:
- I sliced and peeled 6 cups of apples
- added 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
First, I pre-heated the oven to 425°F. Placed 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Pressed firmly against side and bottom.
Then, in large bowl, I gently mixed the filling ingredients; spooned into the crust-lined pie plate. Topped with second crust. Wrapped the excess top crust under bottom crust edge, while pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.
Last, I baked the pie 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. I tried to cover the edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Then, I let it cool for at least 2 hours before serving.
I had a lot of fun baking and it turned out to be really yummy. The only problem I had with it was that the crust stuck to the pan a bit, even through the instructions said I didn’t need to grease it, and so it fell a part a little when I served it. I also really prefer my Grandma’s pie crust recipe that we use every year to make pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving. But since this was my first apple pie, I tried to keep it simple.