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The Theme Is … Apple Pie!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie!

 
This weekend, many folks will be celebrating America with friends, family, food and fireworks. If you’re looking for some new ideas for the grill, we featured 44 different grill recipes in our recent Grilled Food theme post. For today, we’ll stick to a theme that’s … well, that’s as American as apple pie. Can you guess what it is?

(It actually was a choice between Apple Pie and Chevrolet, but I couldn’t find any Chevy recipes here.)

Let’s start with actual apple pie recipes, shall we? Different folks have different ideas of what a traditional pie should be. Be it a double crust pie, or a crumble pie, or topped with decadent caramel, you’re sure to find one here that’s just right for you.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Traditional)Clockwise from top left: Eva’s Apple Pie from callimakesdo, Classic Apple Pie from thescentofvanilla, Ree’s Scrumptious Apple Pie, Southern Apple Pie from Mommy’s Kitchen, Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie from Susan, and another one from thescentofvanilla, Apple Crumble Pie.

 
 
 
If you want to break from tradition and do a different version of apple pie, we’ve got a few alternatives for you too. Whether you want cupcakes, squares, crustless crisps, muffins or tarts, who says you can’t celebrate America’s favorite dessert in a non-pie form?

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Variations)Clockwise from top left: American Pie Cupcakes from [email protected], Caramel Apple Crumb from monstermama, Apple Pie Squares from julip1882, Apple Pie Muffins from holderman1325, Apple Pie Cupcakes from nakiaandkaleb, Rustic Skillet Apple Tart from sprinklebakes, and Apple Pear Crisp from ceegee.

 
 
 
Now, warm apple pie on an even warmer July day often feels naked without some cool and creamy vanilla ice cream. Not that naked isn’t good, especially when it’s hot, but you know what I mean. (As least, I hope you do, else you’d be giving me a funny look and slowly backing away from me right now.)

 
You can certainly get creative and go a different route, and if you want to do that, our recent Ice Cream theme post can point you in the right direction. But we’re not going to go all fancy here. Usually, the best friend a good apple pie can have is a nice big scoop of simple vanilla ice cream.

 
Okay, maybe I’ll throw in a little extra one with some cinnamon spice.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Vanilla Ice Cream)Clockwise from top left: Vanilla Bean Gelato from Food for My Family, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from sweetpeachef, Cashiers Farmer’s Market Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from bunkycooks, Easy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from missinthekitchen, Delicious Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Ree, and something just a little bit different that’ll go well with the flavor of apple pie, Cinnamon Spice Ice Cream from Tracy (sugarcrafter).

 
 
 
And finally, to top it all off, how about some caramel sauce? Because, truth be told, if you run out of time or energy, you can simply get your pie and ice cream from the store or your favorite bakery. Top it with some good homemade caramel sauce, and you’re good to go.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Caramel Sauce)Homemade Caramel Sauce from europegirl87 on the left, and Vegan Caramel Sauce from tonijean on the right.

 
 
 
Last but not least, I know it has nothing to do with apple pie, but I just had to show you these adorable little Blackberry & Strawberry Lemon Cakes from cookincanuck that celebrate both the upcoming 4th of July holiday as well as yesterday’s Canada Day. How cute are these?

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Blackberry and Strawberry Lemon Cakes, from Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck)

 
 
 
And there you have it, Tasty Kitchen’s little piece of Americana, with a nod to our northern neighbor as well.

 
So, how about you? What does the phrase “as American as …” mean to you and your family? How would you finish that phrase? We’d love to hear all your different answers! And if you’re Canadian, gives us a holler and tell us how you celebrated Canada Day. We’d love to hear from you too! (Even if you’re not, don’t let that stop you from hollering anyway. I, for one, celebrated Make Enchiladas Out Of Leftovers Day yesterday. Can you guess what I did?)

 
 

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Anna on 7.9.2010

Chipotle corn salad…..the BEST! Anna

Allyson on 7.9.2010

Oh, I just tried the blackberry (or blueberry)/peach crisp – so yummy!

Jane on 7.9.2010

Fried pickles, of course.

jennifer on 7.9.2010

I love ice cream pie.

Jackie on 7.9.2010

Definitely the bruschetta topping!

Carol on 7.9.2010

I love the French Breakfast Puffs

Brittnee on 7.5.2010

What is a Chevrolet? I know a chevrolet is a car manufacturer…but I’ve never heard of a “chevrolet” food.

teejay on 7.4.2010

Another way to prevent the filling vs. crust gap is to pre-cook the apples (saute with a little butter till softening, but still crisp) before placing them in the pie crust. Then they have already let go of some of their moisture, and the filling won’t shrink as much. Cook them, then add the seasonings before filling the shell.

These days I’m as likely to make a gallette (free-form pie) on a cookie sheet as make a formal double-crust pie. Fewer calories (only one crust), less work ,and more casual. You can make them any shape too, rectangular works well for a large one.

Susan on 7.4.2010

Chris…you have to vent the top crust with several good slits and widen them a bit to allow the steam to escape. Otherwise, the steam will raise the dough before it sets and it when it sets, it leaves that big gap between filling and crust. It looks gorgeous out of the oven, but it collapses when you try to slice the pie. I learned the hard way, too!

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Chris/casavon on 7.4.2010

I love apple pie and make good ones…I have a question. I fill my deep dish with LOTS of sliced apples and when it bakes, the top crust stays high when the apples soften. Is there ANY way to get a good flat top crust?? Love the recipe for caramel sauce and it’s on my schedule to make today to take to a picnic where they’re having home made ice cream!!

Desiree in Tampa Bay Florida on 7.4.2010

Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to give these recipes a try ;)

Laura on 7.3.2010

I live north of the 49th parallel and our town goes all out for the July 1st. We started with the parade, then BBQ with family and friends. The stampede started at 1p.m.
Lots of action at the 108th Stampede! Watching family softball tournament and fireworks at 11 p.m. And that’s just what we did! Our town grows by 3-4 times its normal size for the 1st of July! This day is more important than Christmas!!

Leslie in Muskogee on 7.3.2010

My mother used to make an apple dish, she called it Apple Pudding. But, it was more like a really moist cake, than traditional pudding.
She ‘baked’ it in her electric skillet.
It was so good! I’m the only one of the kids that really liked it. She would always call me when she was going to make one.
I wish I had the recipe. After Mom died, we sisters went through all her recipes, and that one was not to be found. :(

Wenderly on 7.3.2010

Can’t think of anything more divine than apple pie for the 4th of July! They all look scrumptious!

Minda on 7.3.2010

Apple “anything” as long as it has sugar in it. They all look wonderful!!

Rebecca B. on 7.3.2010

As American as “a little yard work, a great grilled burger, a nice slice of blueberry pie, and yummy home-made ice cream!”

Elaine Wooten on 7.3.2010

all the recipes look fantastic. love apple pie w/ice cream
Happy 4th .

cowgrrl on 7.3.2010

As American as Corn on the Cob…From an Iowa girl!

Kathleen at Between Blue and Yellow on 7.3.2010

I will be making my special apple pie for all my friends while we watch the fireworks!

Karen W on 7.3.2010

I agree with Susan, apple is all about autumn for me, ‘cuz they’re fresh. Summer is all about the berries for me. Especially blueberries and cherries.

ValerieF on 7.3.2010

So funny that so many countries claim something to be as whatevercountryyou’rein as apple pie. The Dutch and French also claim that apple pie is their staple/traditional/most known/best-in-the-world dish. Possibly as Eartly as apple Pie??!!
(Too bad I’m actually allergic to the main ingredient, would love to try some of those, but alas, no apples for me :-( )

Evelyn Saddler on 7.3.2010

Can’t wait to have some apple pie with homemade Carmel sauce…… yummy!
Ev

Susan on 7.2.2010

I do love, LOVE, apple pie. but in the autumn when the apples are fresh and crisp. I’d have to say that cherry or blueberry or peach pie strikes up the band on the 4th for me! But, if offered a piece of an apple pie this weekend, I’d surely not refuse!

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Ree | The Pioneer Woman on 7.2.2010

I’m dying. Just dying. What an amazing assortment!

Brilliant Moms -Robin on 7.2.2010

I just made some freezer pie crusts. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! Thanks!

msbooch on 7.2.2010

AS AMERICAN AS HANGING THE U.S.A. FLAG IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE for all the neighbors to get in the mood. Be proud to be an American and show it.

Georgia Pellegrini on 7.2.2010

There’s nothing quite like a towering apple pie to make you love the red, white and blue.

Paula on 7.2.2010

oh,how I love an apple pies!

TLEE on 7.2.2010

the little cakes are too cute and look too yummy!

homemade apple pies are always yummy, aren’t they? little slice of heaven to have some homemade vanilla ice cream on top of a warm delicious, homemade apple pie. mmmmmm mmmmm good

as American as fireworks and the 4th of July! (nothing much more “American” than America’s Independence Day.)

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Recipe For Delicious on 7.2.2010

Thanks for the Canadian shout out! We celebrated with sun, pizza, and fireworks. When we arrived home after the fireworks, our yard was filled with fire flies–natures own fire works! Happy 1st and 4th! If anyone needs, me, I’ll be making a pie!

Amy from She Wears Many Hats (missamy) on 7.2.2010

Looks like I don’t have an excuse for good tasty recipes to try. These look delicious!

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carolinagirl on 7.2.2010

As American as Grilling! Whether it’s burgers, steaks or a pig! Also, peach cobbler, I usually make that for the 4th even tho I don’t eat it!! Have a wonderful 4th!

Jessica @ How Sweet on 7.2.2010

My grandma made a mean apple pie (as all grandmas do) even when she had become blind and deaf!

I’d say ‘as American as burgers and fries!’ Probably because my family is full of grilling men.