Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apples and Bananas!

I had planned on picking up Gooser after school and going out for lunch--but he didn't want to--he wanted to stay home. Okay by me! I told him we would stay home and have a baking day instead.

Since I have ten million apples taking over my kitchen, I decided to something about it and bake a pie. But I wanted an easy pie. I know how to make a decent pie crust--but I didn't want to get into all that today--peeling and slicing the apples is work enough.

So I searched the Interwebs and I came up with something quick and easy. The one I found had a crust recipe--but I bypassed that for my frozen Pillsbury one. The cool thing about this pie is that it didn't have a crust on top--but more of a crumble.

Stop the presses! Even with the store-bought crust, I think it's the best apple pie I've ever had! It was crazy delicious!!!

Here's the recipe--I'm not even including the crust part--just thaw out a deep dish Pillsbury crust and save yourself the trouble.

The Easiest and Best Apple Pie on the Internets

6 Fuji apples, cored and sliced ***I used a combination of different apples and I thinly sliced them.
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

To Make Filling: Mix together 3/4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle over apples and toss to coat. Spread evenly in unbaked pie shell.

To Make Topping: Using a pastry cutter, mix together 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and butter until evenly distributed and crumbly in texture. Sprinkle over apples.

Put pie in the oven on a cookie sheet to catch the juices that may spill over. Bake 45 minutes. **

**I think I baked mine longer than 45 minutes. I wanted the crumbly stuff on top to get nice and brown--so I left it in longer, Also, every now and then I kind of pushed the crumbly stuff around with a spoon to coat it a little with the apple juices.

Here is my baby:

THEN--as if that wasn't enough--I also made cookies. But not just any cookies--BANANA cookies. Made with real bananas. Because in addition to having ten million apples, I have quite a few bananas-- and some of them were running out of time.

This recipe is from my friend, Steph, and these are also crazy delicious! Thanks Steph!!

Frosted Banana Cookies

3/4 C butter flavored shortening ***I used butter and it worked fine!!
3/4 C brown sugar
2 mashed bananas
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 C flour

Cream shortening (or butter!) and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, bananas, and beat well. Sift dry ingredients together and add to banana mixture. Mix well. Drop onto greased cookie sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes at 325 degrees.

Frosting

1/2 C butter
1 C brown sugar
1/4 C milk
1 3/4 C powdered sugar

Melt butter and add brown sugar and bring to a boil. Add 1/4 cup milk and bring to a boil again. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Frost cookies while frosting is still warm.

Hello luvah!

The frosting is sort of caramely--so really they're banana-caramel cookies!

Batman loved them and Andy said they were "da bomb."

So if you have some apples and bananas around--now you know what to do with them. Get to work!
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18 comments:

Jennifer said...

I must try that pie. This weekend. :D

Steph's cookies look mighty good, too. Mmm...

Have a good weekend, Jen!

Ronda's Rants said...

The Grandson and I baked cupcakes last night...I wish I had made your pie instead! We used a box mix...because it was all I had but he loves to measure and mix every thing together and I just love hearing him say...
A quarter cup of sugar!
Thanks I am putting these in my recipe file!

Z's Mom said...

Geez Jennifer.....I'm trying to lose weight!!!! What are you doing to me????????

Gotta go....gotta buy some apples!!!

Jo-Jo said...

That sounds good! I have a real easy receipt that I use as well. It has sour cream in it. YUMM YUMM!

noble pig said...

OMG that sticky-gooey frosting on those cookies sold me. My kids would love those cookies, how awesome you are and I'm sure Gooser loved hanging out in the kitchen with you.

Becky said...

Yum...those look freakin wicked good!
Think I'll be baking soon....

Melissa B. said...

You're makin' me hungry! Thanks for sharing the recipes and the snaps. BTW, I have a bacon-addicted girl, too!

oº˚ Queen Bee ˚ºo said...

That looks so good! We were suppose to bake today, but I burnt my hand yesterday and had to go to the ER. It still hurts but it is ok


Much Love
Anissa

C.S. Perry said...

I cannot believe that you would so wantonly reveal Batman's True Identity.

Susie said...

Yummo:-)

steenky bee said...

Um, yum much? Thanks for sharing. I'm snagging both of these.

amelia bedelia said...

Dang, girly! You've been busy! I copied your recipies!!! thanks! everything looks delicious.

Lori said...

Yummy!! Did Pickle taste-test the butter first? :)

Karen said...

Oh yummm !!!

I make something similar .. Apple Crumble. Just leave out the pie crust all together. Lightly cook the apples first. Put in a dish. Put the cruble mixture on top and bake. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla icecream...yummm. You can use other stewed fruit in it as well. Really good eith berries or rhubarb.

Mmmm..banana cookies, need to try those as well !!

oº˚ Queen Bee ˚ºo said...

Tag your it -- come and see!
Much Love
Anissa

anymommy said...

Can I come over to your house please? When I bake, the universe shifts out of alignment. I'm a really good baked goods eater though, very neat, no crumbs.

Dee said...

Oh! I am dying here - delish!

Jen B. said...

Looks delicious! I'll definitely have to try the pie... looks much easier than my recipe!