Happy July 4th everybody!!
Last night, my sister-in-law Karen hosted a cookout for our group of friends at my in-laws house. I was in charge of dessert so I decided to get a little creative and make my favorite apple pie recipe but with a few changes. I've made the same Paula Deen recipe several times, so this time I decided to start taking some creative liberties in the kitchen and it really paid off. I think this is the best one yet! Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures so you'll just have to use your imagination.
Crunch Topping Lattice Apple Pie
- Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (I use Pillsbury)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dash salt
- 3 1/2 apples (peeled and chopped)
- 10 oz. applesauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a 9-inch pie pan with one roll of dough. Combine the sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl. Stir in apples, applesauce, and lemon juice. Spoon apple mixture into pie pan and dot with butter. Cut remaining crust into strips; arrange in a lattice design over top of pie. For crunch topping, combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Using a fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over top of crust. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust and topping are golden brown.
I also decided to make some yummy cake balls for all the chocolate lovers at the cookout! I have a few pictures of this super, simple recipe.
- box of cake of your choice
- can of icing
- baker's chocolate
1. Make the cake according to recipe on the box. For this recipe, I used Funfetti cake.
2. Crumble the cake and put in a mixing bowl.
3. Add the can of frosting to the crumbled cake. I used Rainbow Chip icing.
4. Form the mixture into balls. Place on wax paper and refrigerate for at least one hour.
**A few hints**
1. I used both white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate to cover these cake balls. The white chocolate was much better b/c the semi-sweet was not quite sweet enough. I personally would use milk chocolate or white chocolate in the future (unless you really like semi-sweet).
2. I didn't use toothpicks or sticks to dip the balls and they got really messy. I would definitely put some kind of stick in them to make them easier to dip.
3. Make them really small. I made mine too big and they were super rich.