Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

Merry Christmas Lovely,

Yesterday was Christmas and today was Boxing Day! I can’t wait to get into how I celebrated, but that’s a separate post that you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to read. Normally I take the two weeks surrounding Christmas and New Years off, but there’s just so much happening, I had to share. This is the last recipe of the year, and although it’s simple, it’s still really special. I originally planned on sharing this recipe the week before Christmas, but when I got invited to Christmas dinner with my childhood best friend, Sheena, I knew this would be the perfect dish to bring! I’ve done apple pies before, but there’s something about adding cranberries that just makes it super festive.

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I didn’t put a lot of cranberries in, because  I don’t want their flavor to overpower the apples, but if you want more cranberries, go ahead and add them, just reduce the number of apples a bit. Sheena and her family loved the pie so much there was nothing left! I didn’t carry it to my family’s dinner, because I knew it would be better appreciated with a smaller crowd. My family will be bringing various foods and desserts; this pie deserves the opportunity to shine! I feel bad that I didn’t get that “Perfect” picture but I think you guys understand how good this was. I used granola as a topping instead of a crumb topping because it’s easier and I wanted a different flare.

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Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 30 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

inactive time: 40 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS

Ingredients

  • Pie dough for single crust for a 9.5 inch deep dish pie plate, or you can use your favourite crust recipe

  • 3 cups apples, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1/2 cup Truvia or 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons dark rum

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

Prepare your crust and line a 9.5 inch deep dish pie plate with the pastry. I used a store bought graham cracker crust to save time. Preheat oven to 350 F. Toss the apples and cranberries with the sugar, flour, rum, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Let the apples and cranberries sit for 30 minutes to marinate. Place the apples and cranberries into the pastry lined pie plate.

Top the apples with any granola (I used cinnamon flax granola) and even more cranberries. Then before you put it in the oven, add small dots of butter to soften the granola and bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes. Or until apples are tender and crust is lightly browned. Bake time can greatly very based on how crisp and ripe the apples were. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!

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Printable Thanksgiving Recipe Cards

Hello Lovely,

If you love cooking and can’t live without it, you probably have a lot of recipes to choose from. If you don’t want to store them only on your computer, you can go old school-style and print or write them on recipe cards, which you can exchange with your friends. I need all of my friends reading this right now to know that I’m totally giving them recipe cards for Christmas. Deal with it. So today, I’m sharing some DIY recipe cards with free printables – just choose the design you like and go make them!

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Bring back the nostalgia of the pre-internet days with these free printable recipe cards! Use to store your favourite recipes or customise and gift to friends & family. The great thing about being able to type in your own recipe is that you can print off as many copies as you need so you don’t have to spend an hour hand writing 5 copies of that in-demand cookie recipe all your friends are asking you for.

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If you are giving a baked good as a gift, a recipe card to accompany your goodies is the perfect addition! Another great gift idea would be to print out a whole bunch of cards with your favourite recipes on them, and present them all in a recipe box!

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To get the falling leaves double sided recipe card, download here

To get the other two one sided recipe cards, download here

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Simple Apple Pie Ice Cream

We all love apple pie or apple crisps with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, right? So how delicious would it be to actually have ice cream that tastes like apple pie à la mode?!

Answer: Very delicious! Super delicious! Unbelievably delicious! Creamy ice cream filled with all the flavors of apple pie make this ice cream the easiest and tastiest way to enjoy apple pie!

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Apple, Feta Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops

Hello Lovely,

I found this recipe on ALDI’s and I immediately wanted to try it. With Thanksgiving coming up, this is the perfect alternative for those like me who do not have time to roast an entire turkey (or whatever it is you guys do). After making stuffed chicken breasts, I was confident that I could do this too! Has that ever happened to you? In my mind, I was wearing a cape and everything! But I had one major problem: I had never seen pork chops thick enough to stuff before.

I went to the store (still confident) to look for pork chop centers (which my mum told me would be the thickets part). When we could find any thick cuts, we went to the butcher who unapologetically told us that’s the thickest he cuts them and there are no more pieces to cut from. I didn’t know how I would make it. When I took them out Sunday morning to cook, I instantly knew they were to thin so I got the idea to simply put my stuffing on top. And trust me, it was just as good!

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But I did make one boo boo. Don’t judge me: I forgot to season it! I know, how could I? We were rushing out of the house so I quickly threw it together then into the oven when mum asked if I seasoned it. It was too late as it had already been baking for 20 minutes. But when I went to eat it, all I had to do was sprinkle a little lemon pepper and balsamic vinaigrette and that little mistake made for the best meat dish I have EVER prepared! Can anyone say, GOAT?

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Apple, Feta Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 6 center cut pork chops

  • 6 cups water, divided

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ¼ cup Honey or maple syrup

  • ¾ teaspoon iodized Salt, divided, plus additional to taste

  • 1 cup  Chopped Pecans

  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette

  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, plus additional to taste

  • 6 ounces or Feta cheese crumbled

  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper

  • 5 tablespoons cranberry sauce

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, bring 4 cups water, lemon juice, honey (or maple syrup) and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil for 2 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, add 2 cups cold water. Pour the brine into a plastic container large enough for the chops. Add the chops, brine overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. For the stuffing: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apple slices, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Sauté until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the chopped pecans and goat cheese.

  5. Remove the chops from the brine.

  6. If your pork chops are thick enough Slit each chop horizontally to create a large hole for the stuffing. Spoon the stuffing into the chops. Season each chop with salt and pepper and lemon pepper to taste. Then top with cranberry sauce (1 tablespoon per pork chop).

  7. Place chops on a baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until internal temperature is 155-160°. Top with balsamic vinaigrette before serving and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Apple Bars

Hello Lovely,

It sucks to say that I’ve been sick with a possible sinus infection for the past week. I was able to push through most of the days at work, but by Friday I just crashed! It’s really hard when you have a schedule of things you want to do but everything gets thrown out of the window when an illness strikes. Even now I’m typing to you in pain, with mucous sitting on my chest and I’m breathing with my one nostril I can still breathe out of. But my spirit sill feels like twerking so I’ve got a little fight left in me. One of the things I really wanted to try this weekend was a recipe from Publix for Pumpkin Apple Bars. Everything about it sounded amazing so I just had to give it a try!

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As I started mixing the ingredients, I immediately knew this wouldn’t be what I expected. This recipe calls for two grated apples AND apple sauce! That is waaaaay too much apple in the apple to pumpkin ratio. So the end result really tasted more like apple than pumpkin. And THIS GIRL likes her pumpkin so that was a No No. So my recommendation is for you guys to only grate one apple and use 3/4 cup pumpkin puree instead. I also took out the whey protein powder Publix recommended because that is not something I just keep on hand. The oats provide a nice texture and for once I didn’t mess up something with Almond Flour (shout out to Trader Joe’s for having them at just under $8).

So how does it taste? This is some really healthy tasting stuff. Because of the almond flour it’s super light but it doesn’t count as keto because apples and oats aren’t keto. But it is carb smart and one or two bars shouldn’t totally send your diet to hell. So go on, indulge in a few this Thanksgiving! Your tummy will thank you.

PUMPKIN APPLE BARS

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Ingredients

Cooking spray
1 small apple, shredded
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with spray. Core apple and shred, then place in large bowl. Add egg, sugar, apple sauce, and pumpkin puree; stir until blended.

  2. Combine remaining ingredients in second bowl; whisk until blended. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until blended.

  3. Pour batter into baking dish; bake 30–35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes to cool (or chill overnight). Slice and serve.

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Nutritional Information

CALORIES (per 1/10 recipe) 170kcal; FAT 6.00g; SAT FAT 0.50g; TRANS FAT 0.00g; CHOL 5mg; SODIUM 60mg; CARB 23g; FIBER 3.00g; SUGARS 13g; PROTEIN 9g; CALC 15%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 10%

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