October reminds us of cool, crisp days, a rainbow of colored leaves, and
Halloween. October is also National Dessert Month. With seasonal
ingredients like spicy cinnamon, rich caramel, and decadent pecans, autumn
is one of the best seasons for baking. Who doesn’t enjoy pumpkin pie
heaped with Cool Whip? Or apple pie or crisp? How about pecan pie and
the many cobblers?
This month, on October 26th, I’m releasing my last novella in the Musical Christmas Series. It’s Lucy –The Clarinetist, and like the preceding novellas, it includes a recipe that one of the main characters enjoys. This time it’s Andre Almanza, my main character, who likes apple pie with a cinnamon crumb crust.
INGREDIENTS:¾ cup sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg (optional)
Dash of salt
6 cups thinly sliced pared apples
(McIntosh work well)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Deep Dish Pastry for a 9-inch pie
(You need only the bottom crust)
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry or use one purchased from the store.
(Frozen deep dish varieties work best.)
Stir together sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt, and mix with apples.
Turn into pastry-lined pie pan and dot with butter.
CINNAMON CRUMB CRUST:
Mix 1 cup flour, ½ cold cup butter, and ½ cup (packed) brown sugar.
Cut dry ingredients into butter with pastry cutter until crumbly.
Carefully spread the mixture on top of the apples, packing it down around the edges, and sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
Bake 40 to 50 minutes.NOTE: You may need to cover topping with aluminum foil for the last ten minutes to
prevent excess browning. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
A merry novella for the holiday season!
Lucy Ciaffonni wants nothing more than to start her own public relations firm, but she’s stuck at the local bank performing boring communications and advertising duties. When her best friend and computer guru, Andre Almanza, buys an area farm to create a barn theater, Lucy is pulled into the mystery of discovering where a rare, German, H.F. Kayser clarinet was hidden on the property during Prohibition.
Andre Almanza has always adored
Lucy from afar. He hopes she’ll take the position of barn theater manager. When
she agrees to help him renovate the barn and update and furnish his huge
Victorian house, he is delighted—that is, until the entire town becomes involved
in locating the missing antique instrument. To complicate matters, there are ruthless
people who want to recover the expensive clarinet and cash in on its legend and