Friday, October 01, 2010


"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter."

~ Carol Bishop Hipps



"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."

~ Jane Austen


(October is the best month for apples ...

do yourself a favor and make a pie. If you choose,

omit the crust and make apple crisp.)

1 10-inch unbaked deep dish pie shell


1 1/2 cups flour

2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

2/3 cup unsalted butter


7-9 large baking apples (Northern Spy best)

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 heaping tsp. cinnamon

dash salt

dots of butter

  • Make topping: Combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture is consistency of coarse cornmeal. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400ยบ.
  • Make filling: Core apples and pare, slicing into large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Toss with apples. Turn into unbaked pie shell distributing evenly. Dot with butter. Cover with topping.
  • Bake 45 to 60 minutes (apples bubbling).

October Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Front Door Autumn Containers
(Pansies, Autumn ferns, 'Caramel' Heuchera)


"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."

~ Edwin Way Teale


viola said...

Bellissime le tue foto ! e la ricetta della torta di mele!! Buon Autunno
Beautiful your pictures! and the apple cake!! have a nice Autumn

Chloe m said...

Northern Spy apples are some of the best and tastiest apples to bake with. Thanks for sharing this recipe... it looks like a good one to try.
Your photos are terrific!

Hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Joey, Apple Pie is generally regarded within the UK as a typically English pudding. However, I have in fact always felt that Apple Pies belonged much more to America and I am secretly convinced that you make very much better ones.

Have a lovely weekend!

sweetbay said...

Your mum pictures have captured the golds of autumn beautifully.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, I knew there was another reason I liked Jane Austen! I have a bag of Cortland Apples sitting on my counter ready for two pies.

Our local grocery store gets them each autumn from Door County, Wisconsin. I don't see the Spy apples around here so I hope my Cortland are almost as good.


joey said...

Welcome, Viola, and thank you. I just returned from your lovely blog ... awesome photography!

Totally agree, Rosey, and thank you. Happy weekend to you :)

Thank you, Sweetbay, just what I had hoped! Autumn joy :)

Hi Eileen, I have used Cortlands, not a bad substitute but, for me, nothing is as wonderful as the Northern Spy.

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

I generally avoid desserts, apple pie being the exception with jug loads of custard!!!

joey said...

I've got your order, Rob, waiting for you when you arrive. Happy October :)

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Its a great time of year for anything with apples. I love apple jelly on warm buttered toast.

Mia said...

Lovely Autumn colours in your pictures. Apple in all sorts of different ways are tasty, this weekend they are going to end up as pie I think :)

joey said...

I'm with you and anything 'apples', Jennifer! Thank you for stopping by ... let's enjoy the harvest :)

Hello and welcome, Mia. From my garden to yours, happy autumn :)

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Nothing says autumn like Mums, does it? I love apple season. I've already made a blackberry-apple crisp, and a brandied fig-apple-walnut bread pudding. Not sure I dare make a pie, at least not for another week! :P

Katarina said...

Hi Joey, so glad to find you amongst the links for Blooming Friday! Autumn is such a bittersweet season - so beautiful and yet a little sad since we know that spring is quite far away. -Lovely collages!
Enjoy your weekend!

Kala said...

Gorgeous images of those mums. And that pie sounds splendid!

Anonymous said...

The recipe sounds delicious! And I'm always amazed to see the blooms in your garden. Love the collages and as always, your quotes are the most appropriate.

Happy October!

Diana Studer said...

Your closing quote is wonderful. I will tuck that away to enjoy in the future. And I'd love a slice of your apple crumble ;>)

D said...

Ok, if I must! I'm going into the kitchen right now and gather a few of the apples we picked last evening and make an apple crisp! ;)

PS: that mum looks good enough to eat.

Noel Morata said...

aloha joey,

love your macro shots and mosaic...the recipe, i'll have to try out one know apples are exotic for us here in hawaii :)

joey said...

Oh my, Clare, the Brandied Apple/Fig Bread Pudding sounds divine! I've resigned myself to fall, it's here and I'm diving into it, head first (easy today 'cause it chilly and rainy)!

Thank you, dear Katarina. I hear you about the bittersweet feeling of fall ... not much pink in the garden for you :) Wishing us both a glorious autumn.

Happy October, dear Kanak :) I'm surprised too at the gifts still blooming in the garden but it has been quite mild, considering it's October.

How delightful if you lived a bit closer, EE. I can think of nothing lovelier than sharing a crumble piece with you.

I love the pie if only for the smell baking, Di! The mum is edible too! Enjoy and happy autumn :)

joey said...

Aloha Noel and thank you :) Hum, did not know that about apples! Maybe you could make 'Pine'apple Pie/Crisp :)

AnnA said...

Lovely, Joey. Poems, tales, beautiful photocollages, and a recipe!
Best wishes,

Nutty Gnome said...

I was just taking a break whilst my apple pies are cooking. I come on here and what do I find but an apple pie recipe! Serendipity! :)

Rose said...

I love your end of the month and beginnings collages, Joey. The quote is perfect--I'm going to savor every moment of October that I can. Maybe we can put off winter for awhile:)

Unknown said...

I love the rich colours in this post, of course, and also have an irresistible craving for apple pie, now. Guess I know what hubby needs to do tomorrow!

debsgarden said...

Your collages are so beautiful. My husband likes to cook, and one of his specialties is apple pie, using a recipe similar to yours. It's yummy!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

hi Joey, I love mums and oakleaf hydangeas! And, you may be surprised to learn, I make a mean apple crisp. :)

joey said...

Forgive me, dearest Edith, this batch of Blogger comments appeared in strange order and some got stuck! Interesting comment on Apple Pie/Pudding in England. You've no doubt have heard the saying that something is "as American as apple pie." But I'm sure some form of this dessert has been around for ages ... apple, crust, heat ... ta-da!

So sorry, Kala. The same with your comment that got stuck. Thank you and Happy autumn shooting!

Hello AnnA. Thank you for visiting and your lovely comment. Best wishes :)

Ooh, Nutty, bet your pies are awesome! You are much like I am and when not in the garden, in the kitchen creating :)

I'm with you, Rose. October is here to embrace. I'm going to hold on tight and enjoy the vibrant color and falling leaves. Thank you for your lovely comment.

Hi jodi and thank you. In the midst of fall, I'm finally surrendering ... hard not too surrounded by vibrant color and wonderful smells. Did you get your wish for a pie?

Thank you, Deb. You are a lucky gal to have a husband (like jodi) that likes to bake ... especially yummy apple pies!

joey said...

Thanks, Monica. I'm not surprised ... you are a woman of many talents :)

The Idiot said...

You have inspired me. This afternoon I will gather up my neighbour's windfalls and make a pie!

Autumn Belle said...

Oh wow, a beautiful quote, lovely flowers and delicious apple pie. What a great combination!

joey said...

Have fun, IG. Hope it's apple wonderful! Enjoyed your last travel posts ... you know how to live life and enjoy :)

Thanks Autumn Belle. This is a beautiful time of year to hone in (after gardening) and cook!