The Baker Upstairs

10.22.2021

Sour Cream Apple Pie

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This sour cream apple pie is irresistible! It has tender apples in a sweet custard, with buttery cinnamon streusel and flaky pie crust.
This sour cream apple pie is irresistible! It has tender apples in a sweet custard, with buttery cinnamon streusel and flaky pie crust.
Do you ever just see a recipe online and have to make it IMMEDIATELY? That's how it was for me with this sour cream apple pie. My lovely friend Alicia posted a picture of it on her instagram, and it was all I could think about for the next hour. Eventually I realized that I had all of the ingredients on hand to make it, and we had it for dessert that very night! I've never tried a sour cream apple pie before (or ever even heard of one!) and it turns out that it's now my favorite kind of apple pie. The sour cream combines with a few other simple ingredients into a sweet custardy filling, and it's the perfect complement to the juicy apples. The buttery cinnamon streusel on top adds some delicious flavor and texture, and brings the whole pie together. This recipe is a keeper!
This sour cream apple pie is irresistible! It has tender apples in a sweet custard, with buttery cinnamon streusel and flaky pie crust.
I made a few tweaks to Alicia's recipe based on what I had on hand, and it still turned out totally fabulous! I only had three granny smith apples, so I substituted 2 Jonagold apples, and they all harmonized well together. I used my favorite homemade pie crust, which always adds a little something extra over a store-bought crust. It's so flaky and tender, and works perfectly with any kind of filling!
This sour cream apple pie is irresistible! It has tender apples in a sweet custard, with buttery cinnamon streusel and flaky pie crust.
I know it's hard to be patient, but it's important to wait for the pie to cool before serving, so the filling can set up nicely so it's easy to cut and serve. I served mine just slightly warm, with a little caramel sauce drizzled over the top and some vanilla ice cream on the side. It made for an absolutely decadent and unforgettable dessert!
This sour cream apple pie is irresistible! It has tender apples in a sweet custard, with buttery cinnamon streusel and flaky pie crust.
Sour Cream Apple Pie

for the crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1/4 cup buttermilk (or milk plus a splash of vinegar)

for the filling:
1 1/3 cups sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons flour
4-5 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

for the streusel:
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat the oven to 350. To make the crust, in a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flour and salt. Grate the cold butter into the flour mixture, and cut in using a pastry blender or the paddle attachment, until the pieces of butter are no larger than pea sized. Add the buttermilk, and mix until the dough just starts to come together. Turn out onto a floured surface and gently work into a ball, handling as little as possible. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least twenty minutes. When ready to use, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and fit it into a 9 or 10 inch deep dish pie pan.

To make the filling, in a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and flour. Toss the apples in the sour cream mixture. Pour the apple filling in the prepared pie crust and spread evenly. To make the streusel, whisk the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together with a fork in a small bowl. Drizzle in the melted butter and whisk until the butter is blended in and the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the apple mixture. Bake 60-70 minutes, until the streusel is browned and apples are tender. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

adapted from Posie Gets Cozy
This sour cream apple pie is irresistible! It has tender apples in a sweet custard, with buttery cinnamon streusel and flaky pie crust.

10.20.2021

Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars

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These sweet and buttery apple cinnamon crumb bars have two tender crumb layers surrounding a luscious apple filling. They're so delicious!
These sweet and buttery apple cinnamon crumb bars have two tender crumb layers surrounding a luscious apple filling. They're so delicious!
Last week we went apple picking as a family, and somehow ended up with around seventy pounds of apples (yikes!). We were having too much fun picking, and I guess we just couldn't stop. We've been making all of our favorite apple recipes, like this apple crisp, these apple cinnamon streusel muffins, and this apple cinnamon baked french toast. I'm planning to make a big batch of this Instant Pot cinnamon applesauce, and a bunch of baked apple chips for school lunches. I've still got plenty of apples left, though, so I had some fun baking up these apple cinnamon crumb bars. They're a twist on my favorite strawberry crumb bars, and I love that they combine so many delicious flavors and textures!
These sweet and buttery apple cinnamon crumb bars have two tender crumb layers surrounding a luscious apple filling. They're so delicious!
I love that this recipe uses ingredients that I always have on hand (even when I don't have a glut of apples) so they're easy to make year round. There's something extra awesome about apple cinnamon in the fall, though, right? 
These sweet and buttery apple cinnamon crumb bars have two tender crumb layers surrounding a luscious apple filling. They're so delicious!
These apple cinnamon crumb bars are simple and quick to throw together, and the apples bake into a delicious filling that tastes just like apple pie. They're so rich and buttery, and the combination of buttery cinnamon crumb and sweet and luscious apples is absolute perfection! This recipe makes around 24 servings, so there are plenty to share with friends or neighbors. This recipe is bound to be a new fall favorite!
These sweet and buttery apple cinnamon crumb bars have two tender crumb layers surrounding a luscious apple filling. They're so delicious!
Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars

for the crust:
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 cup cold butter, grated
1 egg, beaten

for the filling:
4 medium apples, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 teaspoons corn starch

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease (or line with foil or parchment) a 9 x 13 pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and flour. Cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry blender, until the pieces are no bigger than pea sized. Stir in the egg to form a crumbly dry dough. Pat half of the dough in an even layer in the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and corn starch, then spread the apple mixture on top of the dough in the pan. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the apple layer. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
These sweet and buttery apple cinnamon crumb bars have two tender crumb layers surrounding a luscious apple filling. They're so delicious!

10.18.2021

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

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These apple cinnamon streusel muffins are full of delicious fall flavors, with the perfect tender crumb!
These apple cinnamon streusel muffins are full of delicious fall flavors, with the perfect tender crumb!
I mentioned last week that my ten year old started a baking club with her best friend, and I'm excited to share another recipe that they made with you today! These apple cinnamon streusel muffins are incredibly delicious, and so easy and quick to make (although I'll warn you that if you make them with two giggly ten year olds, it may take a little extra time for giggling breaks and so on...). Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake with kids because they're pretty forgiving and don't have to be perfect. My kids love scooping the batter into the muffin tins and sprinkling the streusel on top. It's so fun for them to be able to eat a snack that they made themselves! 
These apple cinnamon streusel muffins are full of delicious fall flavors, with the perfect tender crumb!
Feel free to use whatever kind of apple you like for these muffins, as long as it's not too mushy. I've used Granny Smith, Jonagold, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, and Gala, and they've been delicious each time. I definitely think they taste better with a more flavorful apple, but use whatever you have on hand!
These apple cinnamon streusel muffins are full of delicious fall flavors, with the perfect tender crumb!
Theses muffins are best on the day they're baked, but they'll stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container. I've found that if I leave them out on the counter, they need to be used within a day or two, or else they get a little soggy. These apple cinnamon streusel muffins really allow the apple flavor to shine, and the combination of cinnamon and apple flavors is totally delicious. The streusel on top adds a sweet and buttery crunch, and makes them totally irresistible!
Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

for the muffins:
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

for the apples:
2 medium apples, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar

for the streusel:
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat the oven to 425. Add 18 paper liners to two muffin tins. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just barely combined. In a small bowl, toss the apples withthe cinnamon and sugar. Gently fold the apples into the muffin batter.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. To make the streusel, whisk the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together with a fork in a small bowl. Drizzle in the melted butter and whisk until the butter is blended in and the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel over the tops of the muffins. Bake 15 minutes, or until light golden brown on top and cooked through.