Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Pie Recipe

Happy November! Just in time for Thanksgiving, this recipe was born from a combination of the classic apple pie and apple crumble recipes. Oh, and finishing it with a sprinkling super fine sea salt on top (from a salt grinder). I love salted caramel everything (need to make this soon). Had to add my own spin on it.

Honestly, I really shouldn’t be writing this… I’m the worst sticking to recipes… I never completely follow a recipe. It’s all on taste when I cook. My grandmother, the baking perfectionist, would be so upset if she knew.salted caramel apple pie

Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Pie Recipe from the Royal Kitchen

Ingredients:
6 to 7 cups apples cut into thin slices (I recommend tart Granny Smith apples to counter the sweetness of the sugar)
1 cup white sugar (I usually don’t completely fill my cup- who needs all that sugar? The apples have it naturally)
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
fine ground sea salt to taste
1 package Organic pie crust (or make your own)
at least 1 cup of your favorite granola (I always save the last of a granola bag- you know those bits too small to eat? – and freeze for pies.)

  1. Place sliced apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice. In a small bowl, mix together white sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated. Spoon mixture into pie shell.
  2. In a small bowl mix together 2 tablespoons flour and brown sugar. Pour in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apple filling. Grind salt over top. Some pies suggest covering top loosely with aluminum foil. (I did not.) Thumb down the sides of the pie to create a nice border.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until top is golden brown. About half way through the second baking process, add your granola crumbles, a few more shakes of the pie spices, and another grinding of the sea salt. Cool on a wire rack.

I’ve included the links to the original recipes at the top of this post. Maybe you’re the type to mis and match recipes like me, so it’s there for your reference. It was a huge hit in the castle.

Castle cooking hack:

peel apples fast

Wondering what the secret to the bestest apple pie ever is? I’ll tell you, it’s simply this…

Go to the apple orchard and pick the apples yourself!

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Enjoy your pie with friends and family. Let me know if you liked it!
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Non Scary Halloween

cute ghost credit chibird.com

Scary has never been my cup of tea. My mother innocently took me on the seemingly sweet Snow White ride in Disney World in 1993, and promptly had to find an emergency exit after I was paralyzed by the horrifying Evil Queen continuously popping up on our ride through the darkness. I also remember being overwhelmed by nightmares after fleeing a (probably very tame?) Haunted House hosted by the Catholic Church in my hometown.

My Halloween costumes have always been fairies or princesses- #NoScaryHalloween. Nothing has changed and as an adult. I’m that friend who can’t watch to horror films, handle the gruesomeness Game of Thrones, and closes her eyes on the dark kingdom ride at Busch Gardens.

Did you know, this holiday didn’t used to be so dark and creepy! Here’s a bit from Gwyndelyn the Good Witch to explain what the origins of the scary we know today as Halloween.

It’s important to remember, as we are surrounded by scary skulls, tombstones, and ghoulish gremlins that fear is NOT what Halloween originally celebrated. Halloween at it’s roots is a time to celebrate the Harvest – as we enter the cold dark months of Winter. Celts called this time “Samhain” meaning “summer’s-end”. The time where they would make haste in preparing for the Winter – a time of uncertainty as health practices were not as swift as they are today. Success of the last harvest was crucial to them surviving winter. These people relied on what came naturally form the earth to keep them healthy through the cold months. During this time in history the sun was what kept humanity alive- allowing crops, so it’s not wonder they strongly revered and respected it.

The Harvest was also a time to remember loved ones passed. This is where the death, skeletons, and dark side of Halloween has been drawn in and embellished. Though death may a scary thought for some, fear was never the intent of this celebration! Families held great respect and love for their passed loved ones and would even set a place at the dinner table for them on the night of Samhain. Remembering those gone is something that shows up in every culture in the world- think about The Day of the Dead in the Kingdom of Mexico! Our ancestors would surely not return to haunt and spook us, but instead be there as wise and loving guardians. We have the modern world to thank for the obscurement of this sweet tradition.

Surely we can change our minds to think of this day instead as a day to celebrate our lives and those who’ve gone before us?

Intrigued? Read more about Gwyndelyn’s Halloween traditions and the Good Witch Ball.

I hope you remember this when you go about Trick-or-Treating (Oh! Listen to this podcast to learn about the History of Halloween candy) with the vampires and goblins of your town through the homemade ghosts trees and plastic tombstones bought from Target. Perhaps you’ll start to see this holiday in the light instead of the dark.

Much love! Happy HALLOWEEN!

 

 

 

 

Clock Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Take a peek at Princess Genevieve’s pumpkin! The Royal Carvers worked hard this weekend to create something to match the Royal Family’s Halloween costume plans… can you guess what they will be this year based on this pumpkin hint?

halloween pumpkin clock

This was a fairly easy design because the Roman Numerals are all linear. We suggest cutting the XII, IX , VI, III marks first (We totally goofed on our III’s rotation –oops.). Then we carved the minute and hour hands before filling in the additional numbers. Last was carving the circle frame – be mindful to leave a holding place on the circle’s edges, so your pumpkin clock doesn’t cave in as the pumpkin ages.

Here’s another to help you guess our costumes this year.. it is not traditionally a “Halloween” story.

Royal Family at the Pumpkin Patch

Every Royal Palace needs the perfect pumpkin!

The Royals went pumpkin picking today. Have you decided what to carve your’s as yet? We’re still searching for ideas- Genevieve always like the Royal Carvers to choose something to correspond with her Halloween Costume theme. Can you guess what she’s planning to be this year?

princess pumpkin patch

Beautiful, the Musical

image credit AmericanSongwriter.comPrince Liam and Princess Genevieve saw the “Beautiful”, a musical that about Carole King‘s life, last evening at the Kennedy Center.

One of the Princess’ childhood favorites, Carole, is an extremely talented woman who basically wrote every song you’ve ever listened to. Her lyrics have been sung by many popular artists, thought Carole remains fairly unknown (see a list of artists here http://www.businessinsider.com/songs-surprisingly-written-b…).

Carole’s life work makes one pause to remember the beauty in helping someone else to shine.

We thank you for your voice, Carole. You are BEAUTIFUL. xo

Girl Scout Adventure Day

October 17th, we attended Adventure Day which was hosted for the Girl Scouts at the Fauquier Fairgrounds in Warrenton, VA. We met so many new friends. There were girls there from all over Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and DC. George Bain coordinated a wonderful event and we are so thankful that he included us this year (AND that we were available to attend – finally!).

You may not know that we offer GS Troop appearances in addition to our parties. We love helping troops earn badges with our Azurian twist! Though you might think we just do “princess”… there’s truly something for girls of all ages.

We help troops earn badges and teach lessons based on their chosen theme. For Juniors and Brownies we’ve brought recyclable plastics to share what is recyclable or not in your area, home conservation ideas, and ways to be kind to the environment. We also love the Beauty badges where we teach girls tasteful make up techniques, healthful beauty products to buy (makeup and shampoos free of chemicals), how what you eat controls your overall health, and most of all how to celebrate your own inner beauty. Brownies are taught etiquette and manners from Princess Genevieve. Cadettes and Seniors earn their My Business Plan and Marketing badges by speaking with owner, Jennifer Ayers, about what it’s really like running your very own business. Daisy Girl Scout leaders choose one of our characters for their troops and the little girls love our story times!

A former Girl Scout herself, Jennifer believes the values GS founder, Juliet Lowe, established so rich and needed for each coming generation of young women. She especially loved sharing her Junior vest, her mum’s GS sash, and one of the original GS handbooks from the 1930s with the girls on Saturday. The handbook may be different, but the values Juliet created almost 100 years ago are still relevant today.

Our voices were tired from chatting with the awesome girls, leaders, and families we met that afternoon! It’s a great feeling inspiring these young ladies to get the most out of their GS experience and to show them that you can do anything you set your mind to do.

girl scout adventure day

Kingdom of Azuria owner, Jennifer Ayers, spoke to Girl Scout Troops about what it’s like to own your own business, inspiring the young girls to create something of their own!

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we raffled a collection of 10 Princess Party Favors to a lucky GS Troop!

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Princess Genevieve and Princess Coral with a big fan!

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The Girl Scouts of all ages loved meeting our Princesses.

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See more photos from our day on Facebook.

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