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I grew up going apple picking with my family every fall. We would all pile into the car and head east on Long Island until we were far from the city. The trip usually involved a stop at a pumpkin patch along the way. We would come home with bags full of fall goodies and tummies filled with donuts and apple cider. I remember one specific time when the pumpkin patches allowed "all the pumpkins you can carry in one armful" for a set price. My poor father walked out carrying half a dozen huge round pumpkins for us to carve. I'm still not sure how he did it. That memory makes me smile.

I try my best to keep the tradition alive. This year I went with yt, his sister and their family pup. Here are a few pictures from our outing. 









The best part of apple picking is the plethora of apple recipes that follow soon after. The first thing I made with my apples was a sweet apple crisp. Warm and gooey in the middle, a crunchy buttery topping and a big scoop of cold vanilla ice cream on top. Perfection. 


Here's what you'll need... This recipe serves two!
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cubed into small pieces
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 medium granny smith apples
1 medium gala apple
1 1/2 tablespoons grade A maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Here's what to do...
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and set aside two small ramekins
In a mixing bowl, add the diced butter, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, flour, rolled oats and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Rub together with your fingers until the ingredients combine into a crumbly mixture. Set inside the refrigerator. 
Peel, core and dice each apple into 1/2 inch chunks. In another mixing bowl add the apple pieces, the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, maple syrup, lemon and lemon zest. 
Pour half of the apple mixture into each ramekin and top with the streusel mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown on top. 

What are your favorite apple recipes? 
I'm open to any and all suggestions since I have so many apples to use! 

25 comments:

  1. Your apple crisp looks amazing! What orchard did you go to?

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  2. YUM YUM! I love the midwest in the fall :)

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  3. That's such a nice tradition to continue. And that apple crisp looks like perfection in a bowl!

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  4. I love apple picking, we go every year too. Great photos, I love the one of your dog eating an apple!

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  5. We went apple picking last week. So fun! I also lvoed your guilty pleasures list- hilarious! We all need 'em :)

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  6. I love apple picking!!! That crisp looks delish. I'm still a fan of the basic apple pie :)

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  7. Apple picking is such a fun fall activity and eating apple crisp is also a fun fall activity! :)

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  8. I can't believe I've never been apple picking! I definitely have to do this soon!! Now, how to get the hubs interested..... thanks for the recipe, pinning now!

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  9. How fun! Great photos too. I'm hoping to do some apple picking this weekend! xo

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  10. i can't wait to go apple picking! p.s. that dog is way too cute!

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  11. I made an apple traybake with mine and did a post on it a while back. This recipe looks delicious!
    ~Anne

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  12. What a fun tradition! Gorgeous photos. Your apple crisp looks so yummy! xoxo

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  13. I still have a bunch of apples from our orchard trip. Thank you for sharing such a fun recipe!

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  15. I love that tradition. My only request is next year you take me with you. Pretty please! :)

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  16. What a cool pick your own fruit outing!! I have not done that in so long!! Ooh and that recipe looks good, def saving this one and will be making that!! Looks delish!

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  17. I've never done this and so wish there was an orchard nearby!

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  18. It looks so gorgeous and peaceful out there. What a beautiful way to spend an autumn afternoon!!

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  19. That sounds delicious and I love how to makes enough for two! Here is one of my favorites: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-skillet-apple-pie-50400000115371/

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  20. looks delicious!! thanks for sharing darling!

    xx

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  21. what a fun tradition! and that recipe looks amazing!

    ps long overdue, but now following :)

    xo

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  22. I should have added this to my Fall bucket list! You looked like you had such a fun time, and your apple crisp looks delicious!

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend my dear!

    xoxoxo,
    Joelle

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  23. i love fall apples... especially macintoshes from up in new england! my mom raised us on those! and your blog is really, really lovely. i'm excited to be a new follower!

    anna
    www.embracethesunshine.blogspot.com

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  24. Yum! I need to try the apple crisp.

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  25. I made the apple crisp tonight and it was delicious! The maple syrup adds so much flavor. I just wish I had ramekins to bake it in (I used a glass casserole dish) Thank you for sharing!

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