Let Them Eat Cake….Or Is It Pie?

It’s always been important to me that I bake my family the dessert of their choice for their birthday. There is just something about a homemade birthday cake that makes them feel special. As the weeks (or in some cases months) approach, the kids starting the decision process of what they want this year for their birthday. It’s fun to watch them throughout the decision process, because well it’s a huge decision!

Kevin’s birthday was a few weeks ago, rather than pick a birthday cake, he chose apple pie! It’s almost sacrilegious in my book to eat pie over birthday cake, but what the heck it was his birthday. Don’t get me wrong, I love apple pie, heck I love just about any pie, but it is called “birthday cake” for a reason…just sayin 😉 He didn’t want just any apple pie, but a Dutch apple pie.

So I made an apple pie for Kevin’s birthday. You’ll notice from the picture above that it was a hit and there was not any left to take a picture of. The picture above is literally the crumbs, and to be totally honest a certain someone licked the pie plate clean shortly after the photo was taken.

Here’s the recipe
Ingredients:
1 store bought pie crust (I used Pillsbury)
Filling:
6 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced cooking apples (I like to use a combination of granny smith and golden delicious)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbs. flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Topping:
3/4 cup of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of butter (softened to room temperature)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375*.
Fit pie crust into pie plate.
In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients for the filling together.
Fill crust with filling mixture.
In a medium bowl mix all of the ingredients for the topping together with a fork until the topping resembles course crumbles.
Pour topping over pie filling.
Bake for 45-50 minutes

Apple pie is super easy. Haydn and I prefer ours warm with a little milk poured over the top, eaten in a bowl with a spoon. Kevin and Mykenzie like theirs without the milk and they eat it on a plate with a fork. Nick…it’s pie he will eat it anyway he can 🙂

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