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{Dutch Apple Pie}

It all started because the grocery store ran out of Apple Pie the day before thanksgiving. Obviously, no thanksgiving dinner is complete without Apple pie, so I decided to give it a whirl. This is the second one I made. The first one I clearly was not paying attention (I have a newborn and almost 3 year old y’all) and I read the recipe that called for lemon zest and put lemon extract instead. A whole tablespoon of it. Sean liked it but he’s weird. My tastebuds were throughly confused.. Is this Apple? Is this lemon? ANYWAYS. I ran to the store grabbed another bag of apples and started over. Holy moley this is good! And easy!


Pillsbury pie crust


8 cups peeled, cored, thinly sliced apples (about 6 apples)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Small splash of lemon extract (optional)


1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoons sugar

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Line pie tin with crust. Pinch edges to create small tents.
  • Take 3 cups of cold water in large bowl, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in water, set aside.
  • Peel, core and slice apples into thin pieces. (I used my apple cutter and then cute those pieces into 3-4 more thin slices.)
  • Toss apples in salt water, let sit for 3-5mins. Rinse & drain water. (I did the apple “bath” in 3 sections as I sliced)
  • Combine filling ingredients. Toss apples in mixture until fully coated.
  • Pour apples into pie tin, focusing Apple to center of tin.
  • Combine softened butter, flour and brown sugar. Mix together with a fork to create your crumble topping. Spread evenly on top of apples. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar on top.
  • Bake 45-55 mins (until nice and golden brown)


Pretzel Buns

G U Y S, I have this new obsession with soft pretzels. Pretzel buns. Pretzel bites. O m g. Sean and I love chicken clubs so I decided one night to make them at home. Except I didn’t know what kind of bread to use. I’ve always thought you needed a special mixer to make bread, or pretzels. So I never tried! Gosh I wish I would’ve sooner because they are fantastic and so easy!!

Here you are friends!

What You’ll Need;

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt (Table and Coarse Sea Salt to sprinkle on top.)
1 1/4 oz pack of Yeast
2 Tablespoons Butter (melted)
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
3 Cups Bread Flour
3 Tablespoons Baking Soda

•Mix together 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 packet of yeast (1/4oz).

•Mix 2 tablespoons butter(melted), 1/4 cup Vegetable oil and 1 cup warm water.
Then add to yeast mixture.

•Add 3 cups of bread flour. Mix together with fork until just combined.

•Knead together rest of dough.

•Grease a foiled cookie sheet.

•Divide into 8-12 balls depending on what size you want.
I almost always do less. 8 nice sized buns. Or 12 slider sized.


•Let rise in preheat oven (170 degrees). I only do 10-12mins.
Take your rolls out. Then preheat oven to 325.

•Bring 4-6 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a boil in nice sized skillet (or Saute pan).

•Let rolls sit in boiling water for 1 minute each side. Do not crowd rolls.

•Return to greased cookie sheet.

•Decorative pretzel bun slit optional.

•Take egg whites and brush (or rub 🙂 ) over your rolls.

•Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

•Bake 12-15 mins for the 12 sliders. 18-20mins for the 8 bigger rolls.



I have also cut the rolls in half and popped them back in the oven for another minute or two for the clubs because I like them a little more cooked.

They are delicious! And they freeze well!!! Just wrap them in foil.

Now excuse me while I stuff my face.

xo, E

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