Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sisters Trip, Cinnamon Crumb Topped Apple Pie in a Jar, & New Giveaway

Over 10 years ago, my Mom swore off white flour and sugar. She likes how she feels as she eats whole grains and moderately on her sugars. With that introduction to my Mom, here is a fun story about her on an adventure with her sisters and Mom.

My Mom, Gamma Rae, and Aunties would go Sisters Trips together which were grand adventures. One time after my Mom swore off the refined products, they were given an Alaskan cruise together by my Grandpa.
Gamma Rae, Jilli, & Auntie Ann (Auntie Lyn photographer)
They collected the different treasures at each port as they went along. Also they ate delicious cruise cuisine. Cruises are known for their wonderful cuisine and you can eat to your heart's desire.One night my Mom decided she was going to have a mousse for dessert. It was the first time she would be eating sugar in a LONG time. The event was photographed so prove that it happened.
Auntie Ann, Auntie Lyn, Gamma Rae, Jilli
Come to find out the dessert was SUGAR-FREE. My Mom even said it didn't taste as good as she had built up in her mind. They had a great time on their trip and being together.

Even though in our own family we don't follow the no white flour no sugar, we appreciate that she is willing to take care of herself and keep herself healthy!

This isn't much of a transition but....

Now for an idea that is a little different. Pie in a jar is a great way to make individual servings for a party or a fun event. I picked to fill mine with an apple pie and included the recipe of a normal pie.
Cooking in a Jar
If you choose to cook a pie in a jar such as a pint or 1/2 pint, line the jar with pastry dough. You will need to pat the dough in to the jar.

Add the desired filling. Bake at the same temperature as the instructions for the pie. Watch the time. Some will cook the whole time as a regular pie and others will take less time. With a custard pie, a shallower jar would be more desirable than the pint jar. Always place some thing under the jars for stability and cooking spillage.

Cinnamon Crumb Topped Apple Pie

6 c. sliced, peeled apples, such as Golden Delicious or McIntosh (about 5 lg. apples)
1 (9-inch) unbaked deep-dish pie shell
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled
3 lg. egg yolks, beaten
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/4 c. milk
Juice of 1/2 lg. lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make pie: Place the apples in the pie shell. In a large bowl or in a food processor, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, butter, and egg yolks. Mix until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cream, milk and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Pour the fi lling over the apples and set aside.

Cinnamon-Crumb Topping
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. butter
In a food processor or in a bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the flour and cinnamon and process or stir until the mixture forms medium-size crumbs. Evenly sprinkle the top of the pie with the crumbs and place the pie on a baking sheet.

Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the crumbs are lightly browned. Place the pie on a wire rack to cool to room temperature and to allow the custard to set. Cut into wedges and serve, accompanied by vanilla ice cream, if desired. Serves 6-8.

NOTE: Be sure to use a DEEP 9-inch pie plate or an ordinary 10-inch pie plate. This pie weeps and will make a HUGE mess in the bottom of an oven without a baking sheet or parchment paper underneath.


Apple Pie Tin
It wouldn't be a pie party without a pie tin, right?

I Love Pie T-Shirt
Donated by Magestic Designs
Thank you so much Bekah!

I'm working on one more giveaway! I need to work out a few more details before it is unveil!


Sue said...

That pie in a jar?



PS. My sisters and I have had some of those sisters' vacations, and they are the best! Sometimes, we even let out lone brother come...

Jocelyn Christensen said...

That I Love Pie t-shirt RULES!!

Heather said...

That pie in a jar in ingenious.

Rachel said...

I LOVE every pie I've ever eaten at YOUR house! The shirt really is cute!

Nicole said...

I'm real excited to try pie in a jar. YAY for awesome ideas!

Stacy said...

I'm a new follower of your blog. I love the pie in a jar idea! I'm planning on trying the chocolate almond pie--LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!!