When my Jim and I were first married I would make homemade apple pies in the fall but I as our family has grown, every season in our house is apple pie season. Apple pie is now requested at birthdays Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Even my picky eaters would always eat apple pie and with the addition of our son-in-law, he also is an apple pie lover. I know I can never go wrong with making apple pie for dessert.
We started going to a local Apple Farm called Pattersons Fruit Farm when our first daughter was born and continued with all three children. Pattersons had beautiful acres of U-Pic apple trees. We enjoyed the gift shop, watching them make apple cider, and going into the fields to pick our own apples for apple pie. Pattersons also had a small bakery where we always would get apple cider donuts to eat in the car on the way home. When Christene started kindergarten her classroom took a field trip to the Beckwith Orchards Apple farm and we then started visiting that farm he each year.
When the girls were little you were able to go into the field and pick your own but, eventually, they only had apples picked in the gift shop. On the first kindergarten trip and for several subsequent trips the original farmer Mr. Beckwith would give tours of the field and of the playhouse, his parents had made for him when he was a young boy. The playhouse was old and run down and that playhouse gave us the idea to build our own playhouse in the backyard years later. Christene, Katie, and Joey all loved going to Pattersons and Beckwith fruit farms for fresh crisp fall crisp apples.
Still, when the weather starts to cool down in the first weeks of September the kids are back to school and it becomes apple season my first thoughts go to apple pie. Simple and basic, you can see why the popular phrase of “as American as apple pie” began. I also believe this came about because of the stories of Johnny Appleseed. When our children were little that was a favorite story at the beginning of every school year. There was always a lesson on Johnny Appleseed a story, a coloring page, and even a letter worksheet. I remember as a child when I was in elementary school having lessons about Johnny Appleseed. I would recommend every fall that you enjoy with your children the activities to reading and crafts of this famous American and make your own homemade American as Apple Pie.
For an easy homemade pie crust see my post: The Best Easy Pie Crust. (click on the link or the picture)
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- 1 double pie crust ( )
- 6 Apples peeled and sliced
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 2 TLB Flour
- 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground Nutmeg
- 1 TLB Lemon Juice
- Pre-heat the oven to 425°
- Put one pie crust at the bottom of your pie pan.
- Mix together the filling.
- Place filling in the bottom pie crust
- Top with the second crust
- Cut venting slits in the top you can also decorate with crust decorations. Crimp the edge of the pie crust with your thumb and forefinger, or with the tongs of a fork.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes until crust is golden brown. Cool