Candy Apple Pie

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

Candy Apple Pie? Say what? This is a twist on the basic apple pie you know and love. Because sometimes your apple pie needs a little kick in the…pie hole.

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a recipe hoarder? I have tons of recipes clipped from magazines and printed from the internet in the hopes of trying them all. Most of these have been around for a couple decades (Gasp! Am I that old?), like one I had printed out from allrecipes for Candy Apple Pie. I was intrigued by the concept and for years wanted to make it, but never got around to it. Until now. Their recipe seemed okay, but I didn’t like how the apples got cooked on the stove and then just plopped into a pie shell without baking. I wanted a real apple pie, but one that tasted like a candy apple from the fair. (‘Cause really, how many of us can actually EAT those things??) So I used the basic apple pie recipe that I’m used to and tweaked it for this purpose.

{Full recipe at bottom of post}

Start by peeling, coring, and slicing 5 large Granny Smith apples (or other tart apple). You need a generous 6 cups. Make sure you get the big ones or you will need more apples. I love my “Apple Peeler Corer Slicer” that I got from Pampered Chef many years ago. It really makes the job easy. If you make a lot of apple pies, you need this!

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

Place the sliced apples in a large bowl. Add the flour and sugar and mix well. (I just use my hands!) Then add the cinnamon imperials (or Red Hots) and the cinnamon oil. (The flavoring is optional but bumps up the cinnamon flavoring and I recommend it.) Mix again to make sure the candies are dispersed well throughout.

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

This is the Lorann Cinnamon Oil flavoring I used. Just 6 drops will do it! The bottle is really tiny, but you only need a little bit. I got mine from Amazon, but I’ve also seen it at Hobby Lobby craft store.

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

Place one of the prepared pie crusts into your pie plate and spread your apple filling evenly into the crust.

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

With the other pie crust that goes on the top, I thought I’d make little heart cut-outs since Valentine’s Day is coming up. It will need some kind of venting for the air to escape if you don’t have a tiny cutter like mine. (Mine is from a set of heart cutters used for fondant.) Just make some slits in the top instead.

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

Cover the apple filling with the other pie crust. Tuck the top crust edge under the bottom crust edge and crimp together to seal.

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

Place on a baking sheet lined with foil to catch any leakage and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for an hour. (After about 40 minutes or so, the edges will be browned. You will probably need to cover those edges with foil so they don’t burn before the pie is done.)

When nice and golden brown, remove from oven and cool for 1-2 hours. Make sure it’s cool before serving or the filling will not be set up and it will just run all over.

Candy Apple Pie ~ Zim on a Whim

Also check out my Red Hot Love Fudge recipe for another Valentine’s Day treat!

Candy Apple Pie

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com and combined with my own apple pie recipe.

Ingredients:

5 large Granny Smith apples, or enough tart apples to make 6 generous cups
2 prepared pie crusts (I use Pillsbury brand found in the refrigerator section of your grocery store, but homemade is even better!)
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cinnamon imperials (or Red Hots) – same as a 4 oz. jar
Optional but recommended: 6 drops LORANN Cinnamon Oil, and coarse decorating sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Peel, core, and slice apples to make a generous 6 cups. Place in large mixing bowl.
Add flour and sugar and mix. (I just use my hands.)
Sprinkle in cinnamon imperials and add 6 drops only of the cinnamon oil flavoring (if using).
Mix well so candies are dispersed throughout.
Place one pie crust on your pie plate. Smooth it out flat against pie plate and don’t worry about edges yet.
Fill the pie shell with the apple mixture and spread evenly.
Unroll the second pie crust and place it on top of the apples. (If desired, cut out heart shapes from a tiny cutter before placing on top.)
Tuck the top pie crust edges under the bottom pie crust edges and crimp together to seal. Press down the sealed edges on your pie plate.
If you didn’t cut out the heart shapes, make several slits in the top crust for the air to escape.
Place on foil lined cookie sheet and into a preheated oven.
After a few minutes in oven, you can sprinkle the coarse decorating sugar on top.
Bake for 60 minutes. (After about 40 minutes, check the edges and cover just the edges with foil if they are getting too brown.)
Remove from oven and cool for 1-2 hours before serving so filling is set.

Enjoy!

Micha

 

Easter Quesadillas

Easter Quesadillas | Zim on a Whim

Easter doesn’t have to be all about the candy! Here’s a fun and quick lunch idea that the kids will love after hunting down all those eggs. Quesadillas are so versatile and you can use whatever filling you like or what you have on hand. Here I used some thin deli ham and shredded cheddar cheese on flour tortillas. Just plain cheese quesadillas work great, too!

Here’s how to make them:

Take some Easter themed cookie cutters and cut out your shapes from the flour tortillas. Obviously you need 2 of each shape for each quesadilla.

Easter Quesadillas | Zim on a Whim

The metal cutters work better because they are sharper, but the plastic ones are fine, too. I just had to press down in sections and wiggle my cutter to get through the flour tortilla.

Heat up a skillet over medium heat. Place one tortilla shape in the pan. Add in some shredded cheese first, then some of the meat.

Easter Quesadillas

Top the meat with some more cheese.

Easter Quesadillas

You need cheese next to both tortillas to glue it together.

Top with the other tortilla shape and press down on it (with a spatula or carefully with your hands) so it all melts together.

Easter Quesadillas

In just a few minutes it will be golden brown. Flip to brown other side and melt the rest of the cheese.

Easter Quesadillas

Remove from heat and enjoy!

The kids will love this exciting new take on grilled cheese and the shapes make them fun to eat.

Now, not so fast. You are left with a bunch of tortilla scraps, right? It’s a shame to toss them so why not make baked tortilla chips with them?

Just cut up the scraps and lay them in a foil-lined baking sheet. Spray the chips with cooking spray and season to your liking. You can use just salt and pepper, or add in garlic powder, chili powder…whatever! Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until crisp.

Baked Tortilla Chips

I hope you give these a try. If you like making quesadillas as much as I do, you might like to try my Roasted Asparagus and Pancetta Quesadillas soon!

Enjoy your holiday!
Micha

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes | Zim on a Whim

When I saw these mini Lindt chocolate bunnies in the store, I immediately envisioned them sitting on top of some cupcakes!

I used my Wilton #233 tip to create grass for the bunnies to sit in. The tip has a bunch of tiny holes so when the frosting flows out it looks like grass. It’s a technique that you can learn easily if you have some basic cake decorating skills. You can also use this tip for “monster hair”.

Supplies for Easter Bunny Cupcakes

I baked up some cupcakes and made my Brown Sugar Frosting. Then I used some gel food coloring to make it green like grass. You can use any frosting recipe that you like, but it should have a medium consistency so it holds up. After a while, the frosting starts to warm up from your hands holding the bag and your grass may start to droop. If this happens, just pop it in the fridge for a few minutes. {FYI – Frosting from a can will not hold up to this type of decorating.}

Easter Bunny Cupcakes | Zim on a Whim

Making sure you are holding the piping bag correctly, squeeze the bag to form grass. When the grass is long enough (about 1/8-1/4 inch), stop pressure on the bag and pull up and away. If you want natural looking grass, pull up and over to the right and the left. For neat grass, keep it all the same length and pull straight up. Keep the grass clusters close together so the cake does not show though.

Easter Bunny Cupcakes | Zim on a Whim

Grab one of those little bunnies of chocolate goodness and plop one on top of your cupcake. Done!

As you can see, I also frosted some with the green icing and placed some Cadbury mini eggs on top for two reasons: #1) Those bunnies aren’t cheap so I only bought 2 packs of 5 — and #2) My hands were getting tired! If you have ever made one of those cakes that are decorated entirely with the star tip, you know what I’m saying!!

Easter Bunny Cupcakes | Zim on a Whim

I really like the way the cupcakes look all together on a tray, as if they are in a big, green field. So give this technique a try and if it doesn’t work out, at least you are still left with cupcakes and chocolate!

Have a Hoppy Easter my friends!
Micha