Groovin' in the kitchen, dancin' in Missoula.

Tag: Apples

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

I’m not sure what happened to all of my cookies. These lasted all of two hours before they vanished. I restrained myself from eating the dough, which was no easy feat. And they definitely came out of the oven… They made it to the cooling […]

A new take

A new take

Remember those bacon things? Sometimes I like to mix it up, without having to work or think too hard. Quick and easy, same steps, sweet not savory. Should I be calling these apple turnovers? That just doesn’t seem like something I’d do. Call something by […]

Apple Pies

Apple Pies

Apple Pies
I know, I’ve made a few pies lately.

But see how these are different?

Look at how adorable these are!
Apple Pies

I mean, come on. Could you resist?
Apple Pies

I sure couldn’t. Which explains why I don’t have a picture of these all plated nicely, snuggling with ice cream.

We ate them before I had a chance to think about pictures.
Apple Pies


This is why I had leftover dough for that impromptu dinner.
Apple Pies

Although this recipe is a little time consuming, it’s no harder than making any sort of real pie.

It still involves slicing fruit.
Apple Pies

Rolling out crust and making it look pretty.
Apple Pies

Apple Pies

Mixing fruit and sugar and cornstarch.
Apple Pies

And taking bites with your eyes closed so you can focus solely on each flavor.
That’s my favorite part.

Please give these a try. They’ll impress your friends for sure. And if you don’t want to share, I won’t tell.

Apple Pies
Inspired by Pinterest

1 prepared pie dough, rolled out and sliced into strips
6-8 large apples (really any kind of apple will do)
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling onto the crust
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 or 1/2 tsp cardamom, if desired
1 tsp cornstarch
Juice of a lemon or lime, mixed with 1 cup of water
1 tbsp melted butter

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Core an apple, then use a melon baller or knife to hollow out the apple more, being careful not to go all the way through the skin. Make sure you save all the apple bits! Once the apple is hollow, submerge it briefly in the citrus water to keep it from browning too quickly. Turn the apple over to drain. Repeat this process with all the apples.

Slice the apple bits into smaller bits, and then mix them with the sugars, cinnamon, cardamom (optional) and cornstarch.

Place the hollowed out apples in a muffin tin. This will keep them from tipping during the baking process. Fill each apple with the bit mixture.

Take the long strips of pie dough and cut them into 4 inch strips. Then “weave” the strips together to create the square tops. (See this photo for reference) Place one square over each apple. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle sugar over the top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes (until the dough is fully baked and the apples reach the desired tenderness). Once the apples have cooled, you can use a fork or spoon to remove them from the muffin pan. Serve with ice cream or a drizzle of caramel.

How about dessert?

How about dessert?

More specifically, how about some pie? Apple? With caramel sauce and ice cream? Yeah, let’s do it! I used local Fuji apples, and they were so juicy and delicious! I’m going to do this again, because this was seriously the best apple pie, but I’m […]

Strawberry Fruit Leather

Strawberry Fruit Leather

Did you know you can make your own fruit leather? I guess I knew that in theory, but it just never crossed my mind as one of those things I’d actually try. Ok, so this is one of those things that Nick tried. I’m too […]

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

Let’s back up so you can see this properly.

This was the most epic fruit salad. I even tweeted about it! (Did you know you can follow me on twitter? I’m super hilarious.  Well, I said something mildly funny once, anyway.)

The salad was epic, not only because it was delicious, and huge, but because of the variety.  This many fruits in the same bowl has to mean that spring is mostly here.  (Mostly, because I live in Montana, and we’re known for our June blizzards.  No joke!  I remember snow on the Fourth of July one year.  Yeah, it sucked as much as you think it would.)

We also grilled steak:
Chicken is still not allowed for awhile, but when beef is this good, I don’t mind.

And to round it all out, our friend made a delicious mac & cheese dish.

Nothing says warm weather like this:

And no, that’s not a tricky camera angle. My plate was half full of fruit salad. I’m a fruit optimist 😉

Fruit Salad of Epic Proportions
Serves at least 8, unless you eat fruit salad like we do

2 Granny Smith apples
2 oranges
2 ripe pears
2-3 small bananas
3 cups grapes (your favorite color)
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
1 pint blackberries
3 cups hulled & sliced strawberries
1 lime

Wash fruit thoroughly! Peel orange and slice sections into chunks. Chop apples, bananas & pears (oh my!). Toss everything but the lime into a large bowl. Slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Toss fruit so that the lime juice is evenly distributed. Serve immediately.

We definitely had leftovers. Leftover fruit salad is one of my very favorite things in the whole world. Why? Because you can add it to plain yogurt and eat it as a fruit and yogurt parfait for breakfast! Score.

As the weather gets warmer and fruit is more in season, this won’t be such an expensive adventure.  But really, it’s worth it to feel like spring might stick around.


Apple Crisp Homecoming

Apple Crisp Homecoming

Eating apple crisp is kind of like coming home.  But coming home is not always like eating apple crisp?  Hmm…Nevermind. If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Griz Country, you’ll know that this weekend was Homecoming.  We take these traditions seriously around here, so […]