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This recipe comes from Joy The Baker Cookbook, 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes. I have changed the recipe a bit by adding a cup of blueberries for the filling, I just had to, I have a lot of blueberries still! For the topping, I also added a half cup of slivered roasted almonds and a half cup of unsweetened coconut. Apple crisps are just perfect like that, you can add whatever you have on hand, in this case I happen to have lots of almonds, pecans and coconut!
Lily is having her first dinner party with sister and brother in law and we are invited and I am in charge of bringing dessert! Oh goody, I made two apple crisps! We served the apple crisp warm over ice cream. Lots of ooohs and ahhhs were going on, so I think the party was a success!
It was a perfect day for apple picking! Have to get the right apples for the crisps!
Last day to pick Paula Red’s and Ginger Gold’s. Just keep walking until you get to a fence, slim pickings but if you are persistent, you can find them!
First stop, taking thousands of photos of sunflowers. Hubs likes taking just as many pics as me, probably more! Joy The Baker calls this crisp, “Man Bait Apple Crisp”. I’ve got my man and he is in love with Sunflowers and me. He’ll be even more in love with me when he tastes this crisp!
Second stop, grape vineyard, lots of photos of grapes too, because we can.
Oh yes, I remember this is why we came to the apple orchard, to pick apples!!
Of course the star of the show, The Moore Paparazzi is going crazy for these beauties.
How many can we get? As many as you can carry!
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{ Sunday’s with Joy } Apple Crostata


Hands down, apple pie is hubs all time favorite pie. If I were to make an apple pie every week for the rest of his life, he would be a very, very, happy man. But I don’t, why? Because variety is the spice of life and because I like to try new recipes all of the time! Get this, if I am happy, he is happy and when I make an Apple Crostata, he is way happy, no way, yes way! So when I came upon this new recipe from Joy the Baker, I thought to myself, self, hubs is going to be a happy guy. He actually said that this was better than apple pie…. I know, can you believe it? I can’t! Why is it better than apple pie? Because it’s your own personal apple pie, that no one can deny…. oh yeah! Sounds like a song…anyway, I made Joy the Baker’s Apple Crostata, eight Crostata’s to be exact and I think hubs ate six~ I can’t keep an eye on him all of time for goodness sake, he is a grown man and this is better than pie! Look out! Do yourself an incredible favor and if you haven’t already, get ye to a bookstore and get ye this wonderful cookbook, ye will be so happy that ye did. Ye Got It?? GREAT!Nettie

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Cloudy Day Blueberry and Apple Pie

It feels like it has been raining for days and when it rains, I bake. It feels like the right thing to do. The creative juices start flowing and the sweets appear. I have been watching the clouds noticing what the shapes look like, a dragon, a cat, a ship, a pie….
Wild Maine Blueberries are tender, small and sweet. Blueberries are one of the most healthiest of foods, full of antioxidants. The leaves and the stems have even more antioxidants, so no need to pull them out. I have been storing away blueberries since August knowing that the season will end.
Use fresh or frozen blueberries for your pie. If you are using frozen, it is not necessary to defrost them completely.
Use 2 cups of blueberries.
2 cups of your favorite tart apples. I like Cortland and McIntosh.
Basic Pastry dough for a 9 inch two – crust pie. Four ingredients, flour, salt, shortening and water.
Cut the shortening in the flour with two knives.
Add flour and sugar to apples and blueberries. Gently toss.
Pile in the blueberry and apple mixture into a lined pie pan.
Dot with butter. Large dots for me!
Cloudy Day pie deserves clouds on top. Beat an egg and brush the top, and bottom of the clouds so that they stay on the pie, brush the egg on to the whole pie.
Bake until pie is bubbling and crust is golden brown, about 60-70 minutes. Cover with foil if pie starts to get too brown.
These clouds look like bunnies or cats or clouds. They taste flaky and yummy.
A slice of Cloudy Day Blueberry and Apple Pie. A slice of life!
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  • Basic pastry dough for 9 inch 2 crust Pie
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 6-7 tablespoons water


  1. Mix flour and salt. 
  2. Cut in shortening with a a pastry blender or two knives. 
  3. Combine lightly only until the mixture resembles very tiny peas. 
  4. Sprinkle water over the flour mixture one tablespoon at a time. 
  5. Mix lightly with a fork, using only enough water so that the pastry will hold together when pressed gently into a ball. 
  6. Roll out on a floured board and floured rolling pin. Makes two crusts.
Cloudy Day Blueberry Apple Pie:

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Line the pie pan with half the pastry dough. Wash and pick over blueberries if you are using fresh ones; if you are using frozen berries, it is not necessary to defrost them completely. Mix the flour, sugar, salt in a large bowl. Add the blueberries, sliced apples and lemon juice and toss well. Pile the mixture into the lined pie pan and dot with the butter. Roll out the top crust and drape it over the pie. Crimp the edges and cut several vents in the top.  Using a cookie cutter make shapes for the top of pie. Beat an egg and brush over top crust, brush bottom and top of shapes. Place on top of cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for 40-50 minutes or until top is browned. Cover with a sheet of foil if crust gets too brown. Pie will be bubbly and brown when done. Let cool before slicing. Serves 8-10. Recipe adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

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