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Yes, this is a long name for a mish-mash of ingredients, but it is oh so delectable.  Deandona and I found ourselves with the need to use up 8 small granny smith apples and an extra $20 floating around in our budget for the week.  We naturally spied the sale on Gala Apples and Bosch Pears and felt the need to partake in some fall fun 🙂

If you are trying to keep you grocery budget to a minimum and you still want to be spontaneous, then the best items to look for are you grocery stores seasonal produce and fruits as well as the manager’s specials.  This is not always a guarantee that you are getting the best price, so make sure that you are an informed consumer!

The below recipe is an amalgamation of 2 different pear and apple pie recipes as well as one dutch apple pie recipe- Enjoy!

Fall Fun with Fruit

Photography by Geraldine Terc- All Rights Reserved

Ingredients:

For the Pastry-

3 ½ cups flour

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 diced stick cold butter

2 diced sticks cold butter

1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar

1/3 cups cold water

For the Filling-

2 Bosc Pears

4 Granny Smith Apples, small

6 Gala Apples, small

1/3 c. granulated sugar

1 T lemon juice

1/4 c. butter

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. raisins

3 T of flour

For the Crumble Topping-

3/4 c. flour

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1/4 c. brown sugar, packed

1/3 c. butter

For the Pastry (recipe from foodnetwork.com)-

 

Pulse 3 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Add 1 diced stick cold butter; process until combined. Add 2 more diced sticks cold butter; pulse three times, or until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar. Gradually pour in 1/3 cup ice water, pulsing about four times until combined. Turn out onto a clean surface and press into a cohesive dough without overworking (you should see bits of butter). Wrap in plastic wrap and press into a 1-inch-thick disk; refrigerate at least 1 hour before rolling out.

 
Tip- If you don’t have the time to make your crust, don’t feel bad.  There are many pre-prepared crust options to choose from, but keep in mind that you will pay for the convenience.  2 frozen pie crusts will range from $2-$4 for a pack of 2.
 
For the Filling-
1.  Peel and core the apples and pears and cut them into either slices or chunks, depending upon how you like your apple pies.  In a large bowl, combine the fruit, lemon juice, sugar, salt, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
2.  In a large pot, melt the 1/4 cup of butter over a medium heat.  Add the apple mixture, brown sugar, vanilla, and raisins and cook until the apples have softened and you have a good amount of juice in the pot.  Sprinkle in the flour and continue to cook until the filling resembles a thick compote.
3.  Allow your filling to cool completely BEFORE filling your pie crust so that you don’t end up with a soggy pie!!
 
For the Topping-
1.  In a medium bowl, cut the butter into the flour, sugar, and brown sugar until coarsely crumbled.
2.  Sprinkle the mixture evenly over top of the apples in the pie crust.
3.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the crumble topping is golden brown.
4.  Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting.
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