Sweet Potato and Pear Soup
Seitan Pot Pie
Holiday Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette and Poinsettias (drinks)
And true to the style of my Pies & Prejudice heroine, Ella Mae, we’ll assume that life is short and we should therefore start with dessert, so here's the Charmed Ginger Maple Apple Crumble Pie!
• 1 Charmed Pie Dough (or, if you don’t want to make your dough from scratch, use a Pillsbury crust with the Charmed Egg Wash)
• 6 cups of peeled and chopped apples (pick your favorites or substitute Bartlett pears for the apples)
• 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch
• 1/2 teaspoon of salt
• 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup of pure Grade A maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
• 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
Crumble Topping Ingredients
• 2/3 cup flour
• 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
• 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
• 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 Roll out pie dough and place in a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie dish Put in the freezer to set.
2 Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the chopped apples in a large bowl with the cornstarch, ginger, brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Toss well using your fingers.
3 Place the apple mixture into the pie dish. Place the pie into the center oven rack and bake for 45 minutes.
4 While baking take all the Oatmeal Crumb Topping ingredients and place them in a bowl. Using the pulse button on your food processor mix the ingredients until large crumbs form. Refrigerate until use.
5 After the 45 minutes are up remove pie and reduce heat to 375F.
Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the pie and bake for another 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least one hour. (I couldn't wait and my piece fell apart as you can see from the photo). Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
What's your favorite holiday dessert? Post a comment and you could win this month's hot chocolate themed prize! (see photo of tea towel and hot cocoa sampler)