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Cheddar Rye Apple Hand Pies

Desserts, Fall, Pie, Thanksgiving

Cheddar Rye Apple Hand Pies

I gotta a new pie book in the mail and I LOVE IT! Immediately these Cheddar Rye Apple Hand Pies leaped out at me!

The world needs more pie, I think. Especially this week (and after last week) lol. Last year, I was in Chicago for work so I took a quick trip to Detroit to visit my brother who just moved there for a job. And while he was at work, I asked some of you for recommendations and the number one place you cute people told me to visit was Sister Pie. I was super excited. I jumped in his car (he lent me) and drove to Detroit. As I cruised around the city, I decided to drop in to Sister Pie.

The place is vibrant, warm and feels like a place that serves the community. Because I was so excited to be there AND because their case was jam-packed with baked goods, I ordered one of everything!

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Chai-Spiced Apple Skillet Cake

Cakes, Fall, Quick and Easy, Thanksgiving

This is the time of year where Los Angeles weather is totally erratic. One day it’ll be 90 degrees and then two days later you’l need a sweater and some hot coffee to get your day started. By now, I know which one I get excited about.

I’m currently wearing a sweater so I feel like it’s appropriate to discuss this chai-spiced apple skillet cake with you all. I wanted to provide a recipe that is super easy. Something that you can throw together in a one, two steps max. This skillet cake is it!

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Apple Cider Muffins

Breakfast, Scones & Muffins

Saturday I celebrated one more year of being on this earth by learning the difference between Double Red Delicious, Standard Red Delicious, and Starkey Delicious.

And all I can remember is that they’re all delicious. Like really delicious.

I also learned that bees LOVE apples. Who knew!

It all started when I woke up bright and early and went to Los Rios Ranchos with a group of friends to get my apple pickin’ on. We picked apples, ate apples, contemplated paying a dollar to go through a corn maze, decided not too, then drank lots of beer and had a long lunch.

It convinced me that parts of being a grown-up are pretty dang fun.

And then when I got home with too many apples to stuff in my face, I realized I needed to put ’em to good use.

I decided that putting them in muffins, along with some apple cider, would be a pretty good idea.

And then I found out that I was right.

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Apple Hand Pies


I have a friend. His name is Ryan (see the gentleman below with the good form) and he hates cake. But looooves pie. So when he invited me to his birthday party, which promised three-legged races, sack in the hole and an egg and wooden spoon race, I figured it’d be nice to bake him a pie.

And since I spent the whole summer dreaming about some variety of Hand Pies, I thought this was the perfect opportunity. Hand Pies are basically the cuter, smaller version of bigger pies. They’re portable and perfect for things like fall picnics in the park…or eating in bed with one hand while typing with the other. Whatever.

Oh can we talk about something? It’s been bugging me for awhile…it’s about pie…

“Easy as pie” is probably the dumbest and most inaccurate idiom that exists. Because anyone that’s made a pie knows it’s the farthest thing from easy.

Eating it is totally easy, making it…not so much.

The thing that makes pie a little tough is the crust. That’s where the main source of stress comes from. Mainly because pie dough has a total attitude. It can be uncooperative, unpredictable and fickle.

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