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The recent cold and damp fall weather makes it a perfect time to try out the apple crisp recipe and the uncomplicated cozy caramel apple pie.  Along with it being a warm and filling dessert, the apple crisp requires almost no cleanup or use of pots and pans- perfect for a limited college kitchen. And the caramal apple pie is ridiculously easy to make.  Try theme “a la mode” (that’s gourmet for a scoop of vanilla ice cream) to  make it a perfect and easy end to any meal.


serves 4

4 Granny Smith apples (cored and slighty hollowed down)
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
caramel sauce for drizzling over baked apple

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Core and slightly hollow out the apples beyond the cored center. (Don’t go to far or the apple will loose its shape when baked).
3. Mix together the oats, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar.
4. Soften the butter and add to the mixture, mixing gently until spread throughout.
5. Lightly add the filling to the apples. (Do not pack inside or the mixture will expand and the apple will burst!)
6. Bake for 30 minutes
7. Drizzle with caramel sauce

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serves 4-6

1 box of refridgerated piecrust (such as Pillsbury)
5 tart peeled apples (such as Granny Smith)
1 cup sugar & 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour & 2 tablespoons prepared caramel apple dip
1/2 teaspoon cinammon & 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix together all ingredients except apples.
  3. Thinly slice apples and carefully mix into spice mixture.
  4. Place one sheet of prepared pie dough into bottom of the pie pan.
  5. Poke holes in the bottom of the crust. This will let the steam out as the pie bakes.
  6. Pour apple mixture onto bottom crust. Top with top crust and crimp the edges together. Cut a slit in the center of the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  7. Bake pie for 50-60 minutes or until crust looks golden brown and the apples are tender. It may be necessary to cover pie with foil to prevent excess browning.
  8. Serve with ice cream or a slice of sharp cheddar cheese.

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– Kate Brena & Rachel Adelsberger

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