It’s Fall !!! Colorado has already received snow at the higher elevations, but those of us at lower elevations are enjoying gorgeous weather and beautiful colors. Hubby and I managed to get in a hike yesterday in the State Park.
As we enjoy the warm sun and blue skies my mind wonders. Thoughts of Fall, thoughts of apple pie, freshly pressed apple cider, and the smell of cinnamon conjures up memories….memories of growing up in the midwest. I used to love visiting an apple orchard in the Fall. Ah, and caramel apples…..love’em!
It feels good to be out hiking again. Now I have to think about eating better. After weeks of travel, I succumbed to a regular diet of fast food and soda. I definitely feel the effects….not good! Time to get back to fresh veggies, fruits, and lean proteins. Apples … yes… apples are fruit and good for me.
As Al and I continue on our hike in silence (rare, I might add) and deep in our own personal thoughts, I dream of apple pie. Apple pie? Not exactly on the “healthy” list but perhaps I can make it so it’s not sooo bad.
- Crumb topping
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter softened (or a bit more if you’re a Paula Dean fan)
Sift together the flour and sugar, cut in the butter with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
- Slice 3 granny smith apples (plan one to one and a half apples per person)
- Arrange slices in an oven safe dish
- mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon into 1/4 cup sugar (use less sugar to save on calories or if you don’t like things too sweet)
- Pour sugar/cinnamon mixture over sliced apples
Top apples with the crumb mixture and place in a 400 degree preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes then set oven on broil. Broil until crumb topping is lightly browned. Voile! Apple Pie without the crust.
Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly a “healthy”, weight loosing desert, but it’s less bad then the real deal….apple pie. It satisfies by dreams and cravings. I’ll eat better tomorrow…promise!
Fall colors and apple pie….what’s not to love !!!