Make Festive Treats with the Family this Fall

Autumn Apple Pie Festive Treats

With the fall season comes festive treats. The two go hand in hand. So, what’s on your fall dessert list this year? Whether you’re a new cook or a veteran in the game, these recipes are definitely worth trying. They’re super easy to make, taste delicious, and are a fun activity that the entire family can enjoy.

Apple Pie Apples

Apple pie, of course, is a dessert that people enjoy throughout the year. However, it’s something about the fall season that makes this treat a definite Must-Have. Give this twist on the traditional apple pie a try this month.

This recipe makes 4 apple pie apples

You’ll need: 3 Granny Smith apples, 3 Pink Lady apples, juice from 1/2 of a lemon, 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1 large egg, 1 pie crust, 1 tablespoon of warm water, cinnamon, granulated sugar, a splash of milk, and caramel (for drizzling)

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Step 2: Peel and dice one Granny Smith apple and one Pink Lady apple.

Step 3: Slice off the tops of the remaining apples. Then, use a melon baller to hollow them all out.

Step 4: Take a small bowl and whisk together the cornstarch and warm water.

Step 5: Place a small saucepan over medium heat and start by melting the butter. Then, add the diced apples, the lemon juice, 1/3 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Allow this mixture to simmer and cook for about 5 minutes (or until the apples are tender).

Step 6: Add in the cornstarch mixture and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 7: Place the hollowed apples in a baking dish and fill each one with the cooked apple mixture.

Step 8: Roll out the pie dough onto a pie of wax paper. Then, cut the dough into 4 circles and slice each circle into thin strips. Afterward, make a lattice top on each apple. Trim the excess crust from the edges.

Step 9: Brush crust with egg wash (1 large egg + 1 tablespoon of milk). Sprinkle the crust with cinnamon. Then, bake the apple pie apples until they are tender and the crust is golden. *Baking time is about 30 minutes.

Step 10: Top of your apples with a drizzle of caramel on top. Serve with a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

Cinnamon Pears

Pears paired with cinnamon? Can you say, “Yum!” This sweet fall treat is sure to hit the spot.

This recipe makes 8 cinnamon pears

You’ll need: 4 ripe pears, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar, 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1/3 cup of of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of finely chopped almonds, 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a dash of kosher salt

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

Step 2: Cut the pears in half and scoop out part of the center. (Leave some to eat, but make enough room to fill the center with oatmeal)

Step 3: Brush the inside of each pear with 2 table spoons of melted butter and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar.

Step 4: Grab a medium sized bowl and combine the oats, almonds, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a dash of kosher salt. Then, pour the remaining melted butter in with this mixture and stir until everything is fully coated.

Step 5: Spoon this mixture into the center of the pear halves.

Step 6: Bake the pears until they are soft. *Baking time is about 35-40 minutes.

Step 7: Once the pears are out of the oven and have cooled for a few minutes, top them off with a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and serve.


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