Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Appe Pie

This is our family’s favorite type of pie, Dutch apple.  It is on our table every Thanksgiving.


Dutch Apple Pie:

For the crust:

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup chilled shortening, (I used Crisco brand)

3-6 Tablespoons ice cold water


In a large mixing bowl, mix flour and salt.

Place shortening in bowl, using a pastry blender, in an up and down motion mix until it looks like pea sized crumbs.

Sprinkle in 3 tablespoons cold water over the flour mixture.  Using a fork distribute the water evenly into the flour.  Press the chunks to the bottom of bowl with fork, add more water by the tablespoon until dough is held together when pressed.

Shape dough into a ball then make a disc shape.

ROLL dough  from center outward with steady pressure on a lightly floured work surface into a circle 2-inches wider than pie plate for the bottom crust. Transfer dough to pie plate by loosely rolling around rolling pin. Center the rolling pin over the pie plate, and then unroll, easing dough into pie plate.

Trim edges of dough leaving a 3/4-inch overhang. Fold edge under. Flute dough as desired.

Poke the sides and bottom of crust with a fork.

Set Aside.


For the Filling:

2/3 cup of sugar

¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

8 medium thick sliced peeled tart apples


In  a large bowl add sliced apples and the rest of ingredients listed, mix well, taste and add more sugar or cinnamon as needed.

Place the apple mix gently in the crust.  PRE-HEAT OVEN NOW TO 425 DEGREES.


For the crumb topping:

In a medium sized bowl, mix 1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup firm butter

Until mix is crumbly,

(I cut the butter in smaller pieces and used pastry blender to “mix”)

Carefully sprinkle over apples,

Place pie pan on a cookie sheet, and bake 40 minutes, after the pie bakes for 40 minutes, add foil on top so it does not burn and bake an additional 10 minutes.


Pearls And Poison, Author Duffy Brown

pearls and poison


Author: Duffy Brown

Publisher: Berkley

Published Date: March 4, 2014

Website: http://www.duffybrown.com/


Source: This book was received for the purpose of an honest review.


It’s election time in Savannah, Georgia, and Judge Guillotine Gloria—aka Reagan Summerside’s mom—is neck and neck in the polls with Kip “Scummy” Seymour. But the already dirty campaign is about to get downright filthy—with one candidate getting buried six feet under…

With her strong opinions and knack for getting into trouble, Reagan is not an ideal volunteer for her mother’s alderman campaign. Plus, she’d rather be running her consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, and eating doughnuts with her dog, Bruce Willis. But when her mother’s opponent, Kip, is found poisoned and her mother is pegged as a suspect, Reagan nominates herself as lead murder investigator.

Reagan is intent on finding Kip’s killer and clearing her mother’s good name, but she soon finds herself on the bad side of Kip’s enemies-turned-suspects. This time, no amount of costumes and makeup can keep her inconspicuous and out of danger. Because the closer Reagan gets to the truth, the hotter things get…


Reagan and Aunt Kiki are at it again!!!   Reagan’s mother Judge Guillotine Gloria was running in an election with some not so nice candidates.  No one is very fond of her competition Kip Seymour, but when he is found dead all fingers point to Gloria.

In true Reagan & Kiki fashion the pair are out to find the real killer and clear Gloria’s good name.

I have enjoyed the series from book one.  I am excited to see relationships forming through the series and glad to see some back in this installment.  I am a big fan of the dog BW and hope to see him with parent living together real soon!!   A great read I highly recommend you read in order  You won’t want to miss any of the exciting things these characters are up to .

Books listed in order (from author website)

  1. Iced Chiffon    ’12
  2. Killer in Crinolines    ’13
  3. Pearls and Poison    ’14
  4. Dead Man Walker    ’15 (Might be a Novella)
  5. Demise in Denim     ’15