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Last Thursday Charlie and were discussing our weekend plans. I was telling her I was having company come over for the weekend and we were going to go apple and pumpkin picking. Then Charlie informed me that there is no pumpkin or apple picking in England! Which totally boggles my mind because it is so much fun!! I decided I am going to share my experience with you all! I hope you enjoy!
In New Jersey there are so many different farms where you can go pumpkin and apple picking. Doing this is definitely a fall must do! If you go apple or pumpkin picking during the beginning of the season or to one of the bigger farms you can actually pick your apples off of the tree, put them in your cute basket, pay and be on your merry way. The same thing goes with pumpkin picking. The farm will bring you out to their pumpkin patch and you can find the perfect pumpkin.
Since I went later on in the season, apple picking was no longer available but you are able to pick your apples out of the barrels as if you were at a Farmers Market or in the grocery store. Even though it is not true apple picking it was still a lot of fun to see all the different types of apples and all the different shapes, sizes and colors. We bought $20 worth of apples! This is the only time of year that I will ever spend $20 on apples. More to come on apples later.
Onto the pumpkin picking! When it is later on in the season the farmers will pre-pick the pumpkins and put them in the empty field to give you more room to walk, more room to see the pumpkin and make sure it’s the perfect one. They have a couple of patches. They have a patch of pumpkins for the big and normal size and then they have another patch for the baby pumpkins so kids are able to pick a pumpkin of their own. It is so cute to see all the kids running around trying to pick up their baby pumpkins. We didn’t go too crazy this year but we did get 1 20pound pumpkin along with 2 baby pumpkins. They are our fall décor outside the front door.
Ok back to the apples. So you ask what in the world do you do with $20 worth of apples?? Apple pie of course!!! I made two apple dishes over the weekend and they were so worth it! I normally do not like apple pie or apple anything for that matter but these recipes were to die for. I made an apple crumble and an apple pie.
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup flour
¼ cup oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons of butter (chilled and cut into cubes)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and cut up all your apples and place in a medium size bowl and coat with a small amount of flour mix in brown sugar and cinnamon. Then place in a medium sauté pan over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender.
While the apples are sautéing, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife or two forks until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
When apples are done place in an oven safe dish and place crumble on top. Pop in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the crumble is brown. Enjoy!
It is the same concept as the apple crumble just a few added steps. We just used pre made pie dough from the grocery store.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place one sheet of pie dough in your pie pan. Take a fork and make holes in the bottom of the pan. Pre bake the crust for about 10 minutes.
Peel apples cut and place in a medium size bowl. Coat apples with a small amount of flour. Mix in brown sugar, sugar, salt and cinnamon and place in pre baked pie crust.
Place second pie dough over the apples, make a cute design in the middle so air can flow. If you want to make the top of the pie shiny make an egg wash (crack an egg, add some water and whisk) brush all over the top of the pie.
Place in oven for about an hour.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
As always, thank you for reading Stephanie Says!