Tag: Crunchy

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE PIE - Butter with a Side of Bread


Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust.

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

Apple Pie is just one of those desserts that never gets old. Especially in the fall. And this Caramel Apple Pie is one of my all-time favorite versions of this classic dessert.

The bottom crust of the pie is a traditional pie crust but instead of a regular pie crust on top, there is a crunchy topping made with butter, brown sugar, oats and pecans. I absolutely love the flavor and the crunch just adds so much texture and dimension to the apple pie. Drizzle some caramel on top and this pie is absolute perfection. And it’s so easy to make too!

Apple pie with caramel and crunchy oat topping

What apples are best in apple pie?

Granny Smith apples are the best apples for apple pies. They are tart and crisp and tend to have less moisture than many other apples which is important because you don’t want a soggy pie!

Ingredients in crunchy apple pie recipe

Ingredients in Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Filling:

1/2 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

6-8 cups apples, thinly sliced and peeled (Granny Smiths are the best for pies!)

1 unbaked pie crust

Butter, oat and brown sugar topping for apple pie

Topping:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup butter, cold

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Apple filling in apple pie recipe

How to make a Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the unbaked pie crust in a pie plate and lightly press the crust on the bottom and up the sides of the dish.

To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in the apple slices and toss until they are evenly coated. Place the apple mixture into prepared pastry lined pie plate.

For the topping: Combine the brown sugar, flour and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Use a knife and fork or a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the pecans on top and drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for best results!

Crunchy caramel apple pie recipe

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

Print
Pin
Rate

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6-8 cups apples thinly sliced and peeled (Granny Smiths are the best for pies!)
  • 1 unbaked pie crust

Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the unbaked pie crust in a pie plate and lightly press the crust on the bottom and up the sides of the dish.

  • To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in the apple slices and toss until they are evenly coated. Place the apple mixture into prepared pastry lined pie plate.

  • For the topping: Combine the brown sugar, flour and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Use a knife and fork or a pastry blender to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the pecans on top and drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for best results!

Slice of apple pie with caramel, pecan and oat topping

My pie is soggy? How to avoid a soggy apple pie!

Apple Pie isn’t too difficult to make, but one of the most common issues with apple pie is sogginess. Just knowing a few little tricks will help you to avoid this problem.

-Make sure to use a low moisture variety of apple. Granny Smith apples are the best apples to use in pies.

-You can sprinkle a little bit of flour over the crust before you add the filling and that will help to keep the crust from getting soggy because the flour will help to absorb any extra moisture from the apples.

-Use a cold crust. Once you place the crust in the pie plate, keep it in the refrigerator until just before adding the filling and then place immediately in the oven.

Slice of apple pie with crunchy oat topping

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel! Easy apple pie recipe topped with a buttery brown sugar and oat topping instead of a traditional pie crust. 

Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie made with a pre-made pie crust, filled with sliced apples and topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, pecans and caramel!

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix by Gordon Ramsay

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix


Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix
Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix was love at first bite for us – and I’m sure it will be for you, too!

Back in October we had a picnic for my Front Porch Fellowship Facebook group. People drove as far as Illinois and Missouri to come! The picnic was a potluck and we sure did have some good food! Alison, a member of the front porch fellowship admin team, drove up with her husband from Florida. Below you can see a photo of them from the picnic.

Allison and Doyle

Ain’t they Purdy?

We got to meet them when I did some shows in Branson some years ago and we’ve had the joy of meeting up a few times since then. Well, Allison brought her usual sunshine (some people bring it wherever they go) and this sweet Chex mix. Y’all we just couldn’t get enough of it! Sweet, lightly salted, and crunchy, it hit all of my goal points for a nibblesh snack and before we went to bed that evening Allison had texted me the recipe. Warning: make double if you’d like to keep some for yourself because everyone is gonna love it!

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

You’ll need: Butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and two boxes of Chex mix. Full recipe and measurements are in printable form at the bottom of this post. 

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Pour out your cereals in a big bowl or dish pan. Stir to combine if you got two different kinds, like Allison said to do. If you decided to go your own way and just get one kind then just toss ’em in there. Allison is a bit of a rebel herself so it’s all good. 

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Sidenote: Christy, that is a lot of butter! 

It sure is, ain’t it? Moving on…

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Place butter and brown sugar into a medium saucepot over medium high heat. Stir from time to time and bring just to a boil. 

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Stir in corn syrup, salt, vanilla, and baking soda. It will foam up a bit.

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Remove from heat and set aside.

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Stir together cereals and nuts (if using) in a large bowl or dishpan. Pour syrup over and stir well to coat evenly.

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Pour this in batches into a large brown paper grocery bag, roll down the top to close it, and microwave for two minutes. Take bag out and shake. Return to microwave for another two minutes and then shake again. (Be careful to hold it by the closed top when you shake it to keep it closed and prevent anything from flying out. This will be very hot because that is how microwaves work 😉).

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Keep an eye on this as Chex mix can burn pretty quickly so this isn’t the time to go have a cup of coffee, although I don’t want to discourage having a cup of coffee, so just stand there and drink it while you wait on this to cook. You can sit down later and nibble on Chex mix to regain your strength. 

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Carefully pour hot Sweet and Crunchy Chex mix out onto waxed paper and allow to cool and dry. Repeat with any remaining chex mix. Enjoy!

Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks butter (2 cups)
  • 2 cups brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 ounce box corn Chex
  • 12 ounce box rice chex
  • 1 cup nuts of choice, optional

Instructions

  • Place butter and brown sugar into a medium saucepot over medium high heat. Stir from time to time and bring just to a boil. Stir in corn syrup, salt, vanilla, and baking soda. It will foam up a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Stir together cereals and nuts (if using) in a large bowl or dishpan. Pour syrup over and stir well to coat evenly.

  • Pour this in batches into a large brown paper grocery bag, roll down the top to close it, and microwave for two minutes. Take bag out and shake. Return to microwave for another two minutes and then shake again. (Be careful to hold it by the closed top when you shake it to keep it closed and prevent anything from flying out. This will because that is how microwaves work).

  • Carefully pour hot chex mix out into waxed paper and allow to cool and dry. Repeat with any remaining chex mix. Enjoy!

We plan on having a weekend long get together next year so mark your calendars for October 23-25. This will be open for anyone in the Fellowship group so keep a watch there for details and if you aren’t in, you can request to join and we’ll add you in when we open back up again for new members next summer. Note that this group is for folks who want to read through the Bible together in a year and that should be the primary motivation and expectation for anyone looking to join. Having said that, all who fit the bill are welcome to join the family! 


Yum

Crunchy Blackened Chicken – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Crunchy Blackened Chicken


Crunchy Blackened Chicken

My mother and I started making this delicious crunchy blackened chicken when I came across the recipe in one of my culinary labs at college. The shortcut ingredients make it simple as can be to whip up but also give it a huge pop of flavor that everyone loves. If your family is made up of chicken lovers like mine is, you may find yourself looking for something new and different to do with it – this dish is what you’ve been looking for! 

I hope you’ve carved out some time to enjoy this summer. We started school a couple of weeks ago and we’re now homeschooling ninth grade. Where has the time gone? Brady is in his sophomore year at UNA as a film and communications major. He’s been very busy producing videos for a local film company, working as a videographer for the university, and doing contract video and photography work on the side. It’s good seeing your young adult taking full advantage of their opportunities. Ricky and I are still very much enjoying our Bible studies and even with all of our work we still manage to spend a few hours each day working together on that. As my Facebook Fellowship group finishes up reading the entire Bible in one year, I’m really looking forward to us starting again October 2. We will have a little over 11,000 members when we begin again. How exciting! We have a great community of folks and really enjoy studying together. If you’d like more information, you can click here. If you’re reading this after October, membership may have closed already but you can request to join and you’ll be one of the first ones in when it opens up again next year. 

We are looking forward to the fall and temperatures have already started creeping down on the thermometer here in Alabama so that means afternoons on the back porch! Do y’all have any fall plans? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. You inspire me! Now, let me show you how easy it is to make this chicken!

Ingredients For Crunchy Blackened Chicken

You’ll need: French fried onions, chili powder, cumin, salt, eggs, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and some shredded cheese. 

My biggest problem with this recipe is I always remember how much I love eating French fried onions. I try to remember to buy double whenever I make this because I know I’m going to snack on some!

Preparing coating for Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Place your French fried onions in a zipper seal bag and crush them.

You can use a rolling pin or meat mallet, your hands, or even the back of a spoon.

Coating for Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Stir crushed French fried onions together with seasonings in a shallow bowl you can dip chicken in. 

Egg For Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Beat eggs and place in a shallow dish. 

Dipping Chicken for Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Dip each piece of chicken first in egg on both sides

Breading Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Then dip in both sides in coating mixture. 

Crunchy Blackened Chicken In Skillet

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add coated chicken to heated oil. 

Cooking Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Cook this about 4-5 minutes on each side, trying not to turn but once or twice if need be, until no longer pink in the center. 

Finishing Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Once done, top with cheese and leave just long enough for cheese to melt. 

Crunchy Blackened Chicken Ready To Go

Yum!!! This smells so good and tastes even better. The chicken is nice and juicy inside the crunchy coating!

Sliced Crunchy Blackened Chicken

Crunchy Blackened Chicken is perfect served with your favorite side.

Final Crunchy Blackened Chicken

This is also good as the centerpiece to a delicious salad! 

Crunchy Blackened Chicken

This crunchy flavorful chicken will liven up any meal plan!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup French fried onions
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Place french fried onions in a zipper seal bag and roll over with a rolling pin until crushed. Pour into a shallow bowl. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and salt. 

  • In a separate shallow bowl, place eggs and beat well. 

  • Heat about two tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

  • Dip each chicken breast in egg on both sides and then into breading on both sides.

  • Place in skillet and cook until browned on both sides and no longer pink in the center, turning once. Sprinkle chicken with cheese and allow to melt before removing from skillet. Serve with your favorite sides.

You might also enjoy my post : Egg and Pasta Bake, and the joy of being “old”

Click here to follow me on Instagram

Crunchy Blackened Chicken - Flavorful Addition To Your Meal Planning!

Follow me on Instagram to see more of my quotes and click here to see them all and download any you’d like to share!


Yum



Proudly powered by WordPress