Is there anything better than apple pie?

A simple slice of pie.

I recently went on vacation and returned wanting nothing but apple pie. I’m not really sure where the craving came from but apple pie was on my mind. My first day back from vacation I was doing laundry, putting things back in their places and counting the minutes until I was finished and ready to make my pie.

There’s something comforting about apple pie. Maybe it’s the way it fills my whole house with it’s sweet and homey aroma, or maybe it’s experiencing all the different textures in that first bite, or maybe it’s because I just enjoy damn good pie. Or maybe it’s all of the above!

I began with making the crust. Let me just say that the first try I added too much water to the dough and it wasn’t going to work so I threw it out. I started over with a cup of flour, 2 tablespoons of cold diced butter and about 4 tablespoons of water added slowly and then 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. That was just the right amount of liquid. I removed the dough, patted it down in to a disc and wrapped it up and placed it in the fridge for 30 minutes. During this time I peeled my two and a half Honeycrisp apples. Are there any better apples in the world than Honeycrisp?! These are my most favorite apples, ever!  I bought three at the store the day I returned even though they were $1.99/lb which I think is absurd but I really wanted them.

I peeled and sliced the apples fairly thin, added a squeeze of lemon juice, some cinnamon (to taste), about a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and almond extract for added flavor, a splash of Amaretto Liquor, a dash of Penzey’s Apple Pie Spice and a couple drops of doTerra Wild Orange essential oil. I mixed it all together, added a little bit of flour and let it sit while I rolled out the dough. After placing the rolled dough in the pie pan I filled it with my apples and then mixed some flour, brown sugar and more diced butter together to make a crumb topping.

This pie was perfect! I love it when I can put ingredients together and know that it’s going to turn out the way I want it to. I love that I can put butter and flour, sugar and water together and it makes delicious dough. I love baking applies and breathing in the wonderful smell of them with cinnamon and vanilla. I reluctantly let the pie cool enough so I could cut a piece and enjoy it without burning my mouth, I hate that. That first bite was amazing; the crumbly crumb topping, the warm baked apples with a hint of orange and the perfect crust. It was like heaven….

Apple Pie

The first piece….

Breakfast Pie

And I say again, is there anything better than apple pie?

Go on and make yourself an apple pie, a chocolate cream pie or a pizza pie but get in your kitchen and cook up something you’re in love with and can’t wait to have!

Bon Appétit!

Three Day Challenge: Stress free Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

As you know, yesterday I posted about Day One of my Three Day Challenge. Today I tackle Day Three but I’ll catch you up on Day Two. Saturday I conquered Salt Water Taffy!  As you can see from the photo above I made two flavors; Wild Orange and Cinnamon. The recipe was fairly easy, I recommend having a second person around to help with the stretching and pulling if you are making two flavors, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

Here’s where I found the recipe, and I was in love with the color to begin with, I think that’s what got my attention at first. A Tiffany Taffy, that’s what I’m calling it! I won’t post the recipe and instructions here because it’s a little on the dense side. Thankfully I asked my mom if she would help me make them.

First, we added the sugar and corn syrup and such in to the saucepan and let them melt together while stirring them. This is typical for candy making. We heated them to about 250, not 256 like the recipe says and I’m glad we did. If we had left them in the pan any longer than the candy would have been too hard to pull apart. Mom buttered two glass bowls and once the mixture hit 250 I poured half in one bowl and half in another. I used Wilton’s food coloring since I had some from when I made my rainbow cake. I used orange and pink for my Wild Orange and Cinnamon flavors. I used my doterra essential oils to flavor the taffy and just added 3 drops each since I didn’t want the flavor to be too overpowering. Looking back, another drop or two would have been ok.

After coloring and flavoring each mixture, Mom and I scooped the mixtures out turning them over in the bowl to simultaneously cool them and help pull them. After about 10 minutes of this I was able to butter my hands and pull out the taffy and start pulling them.

Pulling the taffy.

Pulling the taffy.

This was the fun, stress relieving part. It so much fun to just have this candy in your hands and pull it apart and bring it back again. We each pulled and stretched our taffy for about 20 minutes each so it’s a really great stress reliever. I even said so as we were doing this. Once the taffy became harder to pull and wasn’t translucent it was ready to be cut. I sort of rolled it out with my hands and into a long rounded circle like a snake and cut it up ready for wrapping!

They were not too difficult to make, tasty and very much taffy! Sababa! My next and final challenge is Lavender Honey Ice Cream!

Bon Appétit!

Ready for cutting.

Ready for cutting.

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Pieces of pretty taffy!

Pretty Taffy

Pretty Taffy

My Taffy, the final product

My Taffy, the final product