Welcome to day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by yours truly, and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Pies and Pastries”. Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.
Today is the final day of #ChristmasWeek. While it has been a ton of work to post every day I am going to miss doing this. It’s been so much fun sharing Christmas ideas with you all. I’ve also really enjoyed working with all the wonderful bloggers who were involved. There is nothing like blogger bonding. I adore these ladies and am so proud to count them among my friends. To me that’s what holidays are all about. Celebrating with people you love and adore. There’s nothing better than that.
I made apple pie in true Lunatic Christmas style. A normal pie would be too well, normal for me. So I turned to Family Feedbag for pie inspiration. Amy’s site never lets me down for pie ideas. The woman is a pie wizard. A pie guru. A pie genius. Seriously make sure you stop by and see how she decorates her pies. You will be blown away by her creativity.
For the pie recipe I turned to the one and only Paula Deen for inspiration. I wanted to try a new recipe. I tend to make my own often but wanted to step outside my normal and try something new. So the recipe for the dough and the filling is inspired by Paula, the queen of cooking and baking. This woman’s recipes rarely fail me. When I’m tired and not feeling my own creative juices flowing Paula is the one I turn to for help. She brings it every time. The woman is a dynamo. I am determined I will meet her one day. It’s likely I’ll pass out when she says “y’all”. Just warning you now in case any of you are standing in the line of fire as I hit the ground.
So there’s a fun twist to today’s #ChristmasWeek post. We’re giving stuff away. Not just any stuff. Cool stuff. Stuff you get to pick yourself. How freaking awesomely fantastic is that! Are you ready for it? Are you sure? Okay you might want to sit down now.
Freund Container & Supply has generously donated $100 gift certificates for each #ChristmasWeek blogger to give away!
Giveaway is now CLOSED! Congratulation to Ann, our Freund Winner!
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This giveaway is for one $100 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply. Gift certificate will expire on March 31, 2013. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. The giveaway will run from today, December 7th, 2012, through Wednesday, December 12th, 2012.
Freund Container & Supply is also offering all #ChristmasWeek blog readers 10% off purchases from now through March 31, 2013. Simply enter code JINGLEME10 to receive your discount!
So how do you all win? It’s easy.
Leave a comment telling me what you would like to buy with your gift certificate. You can visit Freund to browse their amazing products then hop back here and tell me what you are going to order if you win. Easy peasy.
For extra entries you can:
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9. You all know I love mason jars and I’m about to kick off my winter series “fun with jars” so tell me what you would like to see me make inside a jar this winter.
Yes folks that’s a fabulously over the top grand total of 10, count ‘em, 10 possibly entries for the giveaway. You can do 1 or you can do 4 or you can do any old number you want. Just remember to leave separate comments so ALL your entries count. There is nothing that bums me out harder than having someone combine all their entries into one comment and only get one shot. I draw by random.org so the comment numbers are how the winner gets drawn. So enter as much or as little as you like.
Reminder: Open to US and Canadian residents. Canadian shipping rates higher. Being a Canuck sometimes blows. But I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Canucks rule! M’kay!
If you’d like more chances to win a $100 gift certificate from Freund, please make sure you visit today’s blog posts from each of the other #ChristmasWeek bloggers!
***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Freund Container & Supply. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not been compensated as part of this giveaway.***
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla salt
- 2 sticks of butter, cold and cubed
- ¼ – ½ cup ice water (I used ½)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 egg, beaten
- cinnamon to taste
- nutmeg to taste
- sparkly sugar
- 8 apples – peeled and sliced (I used 6 granny smith and 2 gala)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – chilled and sliced
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons flour
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- In a food processor or stand mixer (my method of choice) combine the flour, salt, sugar and mix.
- Add the butter.
- Slowly add the ice water a little at a time to get the desired consistency you want.
- Mix just until dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough, it makes tough crust.
- Remove the dough from your mixer. Separate into two pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for about 1 hour.
- In a large mixing bowl combine cinnamon, nutmeg, sugars and the flour and give it a quick mix. Then add the apples, then toss them to coat with dry ingredients. Set aside.
- Remove dough from fridge and roll out first one. Lay in a pie plate you’ve sprayed with non stick spray. Cut off excess from edges.
- Pour apple mixture into the pie plate over top the first piece of dough.
- Roll out second piece of dough. Cut out a tree. Lay that piece of dough over top of the pie plate. Crimp your edges.
- Place pie in the preheated oven for about 50-55 minutes.
- Remove and let cool, if you can. I usually demolish it before it gets a chance to cool.
- If you’ve allowed it to cool you can dress it up by rolling little pieces of coloured pie dough or fondant over top for the ornaments, star and prezzies.
- Serve with a big old “I’m a pie geek and I like it” smile!
Normally I would not use fondant on pie since fondant belongs on cake but I wanted the colour to pop and doing it with the pie dough just was not doing it for me. The colours were not vibrant enough. I figured no one really eats fondant any way so people would just pop them off. It’s just there for the “purty” factor, not for taste. Geez us food bloggers are a weird bunch aren’t we. Who dresses up pie with fondant. Clearly I need my head examined. But first I want to add some fondant to my roast beast m’kay.
I hope you enjoyed Christmas Week as much as I did. It was a whirlwind but so worth it. I’ll be having a recap tomorrow for anyone who found us late. So make sure you tune it. I’ll also be sharing my Mixed experience with you all this weekend. Look forward to sharing the chaos and antics with you.
Toodles and smoochies! xx