Friday Food: Apple Picking with Green Mountain Naturals and Apple Pie

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After a few months of posting about delicious recipes on Friday Food, I am sad to say that this is the last official recipe post on Momtrends. I have enjoyed sharing my favorite recipes but we will no longer be dedicating a weekly column to recipes. However, we will still be covering food trends, recipe books, meet and greets with celebrity chefs and much more throughout the week. Hope you enjoy this last post where I talk about the fun my girls and I recently had during an amazing outing apple picking and more to come in the world of food and beyond from Momtrends.

Although I am sad to see the summer go there is something special about fall and to celebrate the season my girls and I enjoyed a day of cider drinking and apple picking. Hosted by Green Mountain Naturals, the event took us to Wilkens Fruit Farm in Yorktown Heights, New York where we were treated to apple cider donuts and the cider itself that both my girls and I and loved the warm and delicious blend that comes from real apples. 

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Available in K-Cups or VUE Packs, the Apple Cider Blend is not only delicious but it is made with simple ingredients and real apples as well as no no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. As the first variety from Green Mountain Naturals, the product is also available year-round and features a delicious drink that everyone can enjoy. At only 80 calories per serving, the delicious apple cider drinks remind me of the sweet orchard of apples that is enjoyable right in the comfort of your own home.

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While apple picking (despite the rain), I loved how excited my older daughter was as she went from tree-to-tree as well as how my baby was reaching and helping me put apples in our overflowing bags. At the end of the event I was shocked to discover that we had four bags of apples! After we gave some away, I was thinking of all of the delicious apple creations that I could make with them - apple sauce, apple muffins, apple soup, apple cookies and so forth! One of my favorite recipes during this time of year is apple pie, so that was a given and I looked to my How to Cook Everything Book by Mark Bittman to guide me through the process. For the topping, I used some crumbles that I bought from Wilkens Fruit Farm but check out this easy recipe to make your own. With our delicious pie in the oven and cider to wash it down, we had an incredible kick-off to fall as well as a beverage to take us through winter.

Apple Pie from Mark Bittman
Ingredients:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar, if you like a sweet pie plus a little for dusting the top (or more)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch salt
5 -6 cortland apples, McIntosh or 5 -6 any other baking apples
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional) or 1 1/2 tablespoons dry tapioca (optional)
1 pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie, bottom crust fitted into a 9 inch pie plate and top crust transferred to a rimless baking sheet, bot
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
milk, as needed

Directions:
1. Toss together the sugars, spices, and salt. Peel and core the apples and cut them into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices. Toss the apples with the lemon juice and the dry ingredients, adding the cornstarch or the tapioca if you want a less runny pie.

2. Pile the apples into the rolled out bottom crust, making the pile higher in the center than at the edges. Dot with butter. Cover with the top crust. Decorate the edges with a fork or your fingers, using any method you choose. Refrigerate while you preheat the oven to 450.

3. Place the pie on a cookie sheet and brush the top lightly with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Use a sharp paring knife to cut two or three 2 inch long vent holes in the top crust. This will allow steam to escape. Place in oven for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 and bake another 40 to 50 minutes, or until the pie is golden brown. Do not underbake. Cool on the rack before serving to room temperature.

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