Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie Key Lime Pie made with fresh lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and an easy graham cracker crust. It’s perfectly tart, creamy, smooth-the BEST key lime pie recipe! Key Lime Pie, a classic pie that has everything going for it. It’s sweet…

Key Lime Pie Key Lime Pie made with fresh lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and an easy graham cracker crust. It’s perfectly tart, creamy, smooth-the BEST key lime pie recipe! Key Lime Pie, a classic pie that has everything going for it. It’s sweet, salty, creamy, buttery, tart and tangy! One piece of pie will…

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Coffee Crusted Strip Steak with Herbed Corn Salsa.

(This coffee crusted steak post is sponsored by ALDI!) Who else is craving summer?! It’s time to bust out the grill to make this coffee crusted steak! This is rich, flavorful, smothered in an herby corn salsa that’s super refreshing and the entire thing tastes like summer on a plate. It’s fantastic! I’m partnering with […]

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(This coffee crusted steak post is sponsored by ALDI!)

Who else is craving summer?! It’s time to bust out the grill to make this coffee crusted steak!

This coffee crusted steak is incredibly flavorful! Topped with a fresh and bright herbed corn salsa, it's the perfect meal to kick off summer.

This is rich, flavorful, smothered in an herby corn salsa that’s super refreshing and the entire thing tastes like summer on a plate. It’s fantastic!

I’m partnering with ALDI again today to bring you this delish recipe just in time for Memorial Day! While we broke out the grill a few weeks ago, I am in MAJOR grill mode now after spending the last few months inside. I’m craving warm days and grilled plates! Just the smell of the grill alone sends me into a nostalgic spiral, and I’m so glad that grilling at home is something we can actually do these days. 

ground coffee, brown sugar, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic, mustard powder

Also! I’m here to tell you that ALDI has an incredible selection of ingredients for all of your grilling needs. Seriously, my mind is blown. For today’s recipe, I grabbed a strip steak and a ribeye, but you can substitute with whatever you have in your fridge or freezer.

The quality is top notch. 

coffee crusted steaks

The coffee crust spice mix is absolutely incredible. It smells wonderful, and I was honestly tempted to taste it with a spoon! You can grind whole beans or use ground coffee – whatever you have on hand. I used the Simply Nature Whole Bean Coffee from ALDI – it’s so fragrant and rich. 

corn on the cob on the grill

Along with the ground coffee, we’re using brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt and pepper. SO many of my favorite things in one! Stir it all together and it looks like 90s sand art which is basically my favorite part. Of course.  

coffee crusted steak on the grill

Once the coffee rub is ready go, coat the steaks! They grill in just a few minutes and the crust is outstanding. It’s crisp and tastes like heaven. And no, it doesn’t have an over-the-top coffee flavor! Eddie can’t stand the taste of coffee so I would never do that to him. Well, maybe I would, and wouldn’t tell him until later. But I’m here to report that he loved these, even with the coffee crust.  

P.S. I love to use coffee in the crust because it enhances the flavor of the steak (sort of like it does with chocolate, you know?!) and it also acts as a bit of tenderizer. It’s really quite versatile.

sliced coffee crusted steak

Now let’s talk salsa. Herbed corn salsa is super delicious and flavorful too, but in a different way than the coffee crusted steak. It adds a freshness and also a little hint of sweet, crunchy flavor.

I absolutely love that ALDI has corn on the cob in their produce section. I always find it to be ready to eat and super sweet. 

corn, jalapeno, onion, cilantro and basil in a bowl

We’re going to toss the corn on the grill too and then mix it with some fresh herbs, lime, onion and jalapeño. This is pure heaven.

I could eat it with a spoon! Love it so much.

This coffee crusted steak is incredibly flavorful! Topped with a fresh and bright herbed corn salsa, it's the perfect meal to kick off summer.

When you serve the sliced steak with the salsa on top, it’s like a major flavor explosion. So, so good and perfect for the season.

It’s definitely something that will be on repeat for us all summer long! 

This coffee crusted steak is incredibly flavorful! Topped with a fresh and bright herbed corn salsa, it's the perfect meal to kick off summer.

Coffee Crusted Steak

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Coffee Crusted Strip Steak with Herbed Corn Salsa

This coffee crusted steak is incredibly flavorful! Topped with a fresh and bright herbed corn salsa, it's the perfect meal to kick off summer.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

coffee crusted steak

  • ¼ cup Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon Stonemill paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Stonemill Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 Black Angus Choice Strip Steaks

herbed corn salsa

  • 4 ears corn
  • 1/3 cup chopped herbs, such as cilantro and basil
  • 3 tablespoons diced sweet onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 2 limes, freshly juiced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to the highest setting. Take the steak out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes to take the chill off.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, ground coffee, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and ground mustard. Rub it all over both sides of the steak.
  • Place the steak on the grill grates and cook for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 3 to 5 minutes more. I like to cook mine until they reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Remove the steaks and let them rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Place the corn directly on grill grates. You can do this while the steak is cooking too! Grill for 10 minutes, rotating the corn every other minute. Remove it from the grill and let it cool slightly. Once cool, slice the kernels off the cob.
  • In a bowl, stir together the corn, herbs, onion, peppers, lime juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss a few times to combine it well.
  • Slice the steak against the grain. Top it with the corn salsa and serve!

This coffee crusted steak is incredibly flavorful! Topped with a fresh and bright herbed corn salsa, it's the perfect meal to kick off summer.

These flavors are everything.

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Gooey Pumpkin Bars.

Introducing my long time love: pumpkin gooey bars!  Okay guys. I know I’ve told you about the pumpkin dream cake and how fantastic it is, but I’m coming in hot with ANOTHER pumpkin dessert this year that you are going to love. Seriously, everyone will freak.  These bars are a staple in my kitchen and […]

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Introducing my long time love: pumpkin gooey bars! 

Pumpkin gooey bars are a decadent chocolate, coconut and pumpkin dessert! Crunchy graham crust, gooey pumpkin center and a crisp topping. Yum!

Okay guys. I know I’ve told you about the pumpkin dream cake and how fantastic it is, but I’m coming in hot with ANOTHER pumpkin dessert this year that you are going to love. Seriously, everyone will freak. 

These bars are a staple in my kitchen and once you make them, everyone asks for the recipe. They are DELISH. 

pumpkin gooey bar batter

I’m getting ridiculously excited that Thanksgiving is so close. It might just be my favorite day of the entire year. I ordered my turkeys, my lists are made and I’ll be sharing everything with you in just a few days. 

Let’s hope this year I don’t dump 10 gallons of turkey brine on my kitchen floor, you know? 

While I’m busy debating if I can wear a jewel-studded headband that may make me look like I’m 11 years old as well as contemplating what sort of centerpiece to put in the table that people will actually appreciate, I figured it was high time you know about these bars. Because I love them.

They are… THEEEEE bars. 

Pumpkin gooey bars are a decadent chocolate, coconut and pumpkin dessert! Crunchy graham crust, gooey pumpkin center and a crisp topping. Yum!

Here’s the deal. 

This was the dessert of the year for us last year. I made these bars just about a billion times – they were a HUGE hit! If you follow me on instagram, you probably know this. I made them and served them on Thanksgiving – the chocolate pumpkin combo hits the spot. Then I made them for my cookie boxes and cut them into tiny squares. I made them on Christmas Eve for our huge cookie tray. 

Basically, they were the only dessert I made for the last two months of 2018. You will want them. 

Pumpkin gooey bars are a decadent chocolate, coconut and pumpkin dessert! Crunchy graham crust, gooey pumpkin center and a crisp topping. Yum!

They sort of remind me of seven layer bars, but they are better than that. They have a graham cracker-ish crust. The gooey pumpkin center is reminiscent of cheesecake. But it’s gooeier and softer and it’s not overly spiced, which you know I love.

On top of that, flaked coconut and chocolate chips, which toast and melt in the oven respectively, creating one of the best flavor combinations known to man. Yes yes yes. 

Pumpkin gooey bars are a decadent chocolate, coconut and pumpkin dessert! Crunchy graham crust, gooey pumpkin center and a crisp topping. Yum!

These are just to die for. Give them a test run this weekend!

Pumpkin gooey bars are a decadent chocolate, coconut and pumpkin dessert! Crunchy graham crust, gooey pumpkin center and a crisp topping. Yum!

 

Pumpkin Gooey Bars

Pumpkin Gooey Bars

Pumpkin gooey bars are a decadent chocolate, coconut and pumpkin dessert! Crunchy graham crust, gooey pumpkin center and a crisp topping. Yum!

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, (melted)
  • 1 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup pumpkin butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened, flaked coconut
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the graham crumbs and butter until the mixture is moistened. Press the grahams into the bottom of the baking dish to create a crust.
  3. Place the cream cheese in the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat until creamy, then beat in the pumpkin butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Beat on medium speed until creamy and combined and no lumps remain. Pour the mixture on top of the graham crust.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the dish and sprinkle the coconut on top. Bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, until the coconut is golden and the center of the bars is barely jiggly (it still might jiggle the tiniest big but most of it should be firm!).
  5. Let cool completely. I love to make these the day ahead of time, store them in the fridge and then slice. I also like to keep them stored in the fridge, but they are fine to sit out on a dessert plate!

slightly adapted from williams sonoma

Pumpkin gooey bars are a decadent chocolate, coconut and pumpkin dessert! Crunchy graham crust, gooey pumpkin center and a crisp topping. Yum!

Nothing makes me happier.

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Best Apple Pie Recipe

This really is the best apple pie recipe. It’s got flaky lattice pie crust and a tender, perfectly spiced apple filling. Prepare to be amazed! This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. Are you ready for this? This really is the best apple pie recipe. Every single thing about it has been tweaked to perfection: the flaky crust, the rustic lattice, and the tender, spiced filling. Alex and I may have eaten one too many apple pies testing this recipe for you (oops!). But the end result is absolutely worth it. This apple pie is a stunner, perfect for Thanksgiving or any dinner party or holiday. We got all the ingredients for this pie from ALDI, our go-to for affordable, high-quality organic ingredients for holiday entertaining. Ready for everything you need to know to make the very best apple pie on the internet? Make this pie? We want to know! Tag @acouplecooks and @aldiusa on Instagram.Coupon: ALDI now delivers using Instacart! Use coupon code “ALDIACC” to get $10 off your first three orders of at least $35 (for first-time Instacart shoppers only). What makes the best apple pie recipe? Of course, “best apple pie recipe” […]

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This really is the best apple pie recipe. It’s got flaky lattice pie crust and a tender, perfectly spiced apple filling. Prepare to be amazed!

Best apple pie recipe

This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own.

Are you ready for this? This really is the best apple pie recipe. Every single thing about it has been tweaked to perfection: the flaky crust, the rustic lattice, and the tender, spiced filling. Alex and I may have eaten one too many apple pies testing this recipe for you (oops!). But the end result is absolutely worth it. This apple pie is a stunner, perfect for Thanksgiving or any dinner party or holiday. We got all the ingredients for this pie from ALDI, our go-to for affordable, high-quality organic ingredients for holiday entertaining. Ready for everything you need to know to make the very best apple pie on the internet?

Make this pie? We want to know! Tag @acouplecooks and @aldiusa on Instagram.
Coupon: ALDI now delivers using Instacart! Use coupon code “ALDIACC” to get $10 off your first three orders of at least $35 (for first-time Instacart shoppers only).

Best apple pie recipe

What makes the best apple pie recipe?

Of course, “best apple pie recipe” is pretty subjective! Alex and I have designed this pie recipe to be exactly what we want in our perfect apple pie. Here’s what it’s got:

  • Rustic lattice crust and maple glaze. Thick lattice work gives the pie a stunning, rustic look. Painting on a maple glaze makes it beautifully shiny.
  • Super flaky pie dough. This dough is perfectly flaky and tender, and the bottom stays perfectly crisp.
  • Tender apple filling. The apples are tender and gooey, with just the right amount of sweet.
  • Perfect spices. Using fresh ginger adds big flavor, and a hint of cloves makes it extra cozy.

Best apples for apple pie

What are the best apples for apple pie? We’re glad you asked. First off: if you can, use organic apples. Apples are one of the best fruits to buy organic! We used organic Gala apples from ALDI. Here are what we’ve found are the best apple varieties that hold their shape and flavor in apple pie:

  • Gala
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Ida Red
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
Best apple pie recipe

Equipment you need for the best apple pie

All you really need for this best apple pie recipe is a pie pan and a rolling pin! But a few pieces of equipment are helpful if you have them. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Metal pie plate: A metal pie plate can help the bottom crust to come out crispier. But you can use any pie plate you have on hand!
  • Pastry cloth and rolling pin cover: A pastry cloth and rolling pin cover help to avoid sticking when you’re rolling out the dough. If you don’t have one, generously flour your work surface and rolling pin.
  • Microplane grater: You’ll use a grater to grate the butter when making the crust. A coarse grate microplane is easiest, but you can also use a box grater.
  • Food scale: In baking it’s helpful to weigh flour because it can change based on environmental conditions. If you don’t have one, just measure the flour in cups and adjust the water as needed.

Simplify it: If you’re craving simple: try our Apple Crumble recipe instead! It uses similar ingredients but is quick and easy to put together.

Cooking the apple filling

How to slice apples: in a flash!

You’ll need to slice quite a few apples for this recipe. And we have a trick to make it faster! Here’s what to do: watch the 10-second video below! You’ll be surprised how quickly it is to slice the apple this way. (It’s my new favorite!)

How to slice apples

How to make a lattice pie crust

The biggest area of technique in this best apple pie recipe is making the lattice crust! If you’ve never made a lattice pie crust before, it looks tricky but it’s actually quite simple. Here we’ll show you how to weave the lattice pieces, and then tuck them under to form with the bottom pie crust. Watch the 20-second video below to see how it’s done.

How to make a lattice pie crust

Error-proofing apple pie

Alex and I have done all the recipe testing and error-proofing of this best apple pie recipe so you don’t have to! Here are a few things we learned about pie making through this recipe.

  • How do you make sure the pie crust doesn’t shrink when baked? A few things: letting the dough rest after rolling it out helps. Placing the pie in the freezer between filling steps can also help.
  • How to you avoid a soggy apple pie? The apple filling is cooked before baking to reduce liquid. Preheating the baking sheet in the oven helps to crisp up the bottom, and the pie is baked at a higher temperature (425 degrees) for the first 15 minutes. We also find using a metal pie pan can help to get the bottom extra crispy.
  • How do you make flaky pie crust? Freezing the butter and grating it into the dough helps make sure the butter is extra cold, which makes it flaky. (We use the same trick in our Blueberry Scones.)
Slice of apple pie

Serve it with…

Of course, the best apple pie is perfection with a high quality vanilla ice cream topping. Or, top with homemade whipped cream (or a fancy version: bourbon whipped cream).

Are you ready to make the best apple pie recipe?

The recipe below might look a little daunting, but it’s actually pretty easy to make! Just follow the step by step instructions and hit us up on Instagram if you have any questions. Make sure to tag us and @aldiusa if you make it: we can’t wait to see your creations!

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Best apple pie recipe

Best Apple Pie Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This really is the best apple pie recipe. It’s got flaky lattice pie crust and a tender, perfectly spiced apple filling. Prepare to be amazed!


Ingredients

For the crust

  • 11 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter
  • 2 cups Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour (260 grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cool water
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ice cubes

For the filling

  • 8 small organic cooking apples (2 1/2 pounds), such as Gala
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground Simply Nature Organic Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the glaze

  • 1/4 cup Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Make the pie dough: Freeze the butter at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, use a spatula to stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt (using a food scale to weigh out the flour, if you have one). In a small bowl, mix the water, lemon juice, and ice.
  3. Use a grater or microplane to large grate the butter into the bowl with the dry ingredients (it will look like shredded cheese!). Then stir it gently with a spatula to coat the butter with flour. Add 3 tablespoons water and stir with the spatula to combine. Add 3 more tablespoons and stir again. Add up to 3 more tablespoons and use your hands to gently knead until a ball of dough is formed. You may need to add a little more water a tablespoon at a time so that the flour is just incorporated. Divide the dough into two equal balls. Place in a covered container and refrigerate while you’re making the filling. (You can also make the dough in advance. See the notes below!)
  4. Preheat the oven: Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees.
  5. Make the filling; Peel and core the apples, then thinly slice them about 1/8 inch thick (see the “How to slice apples” section above). Place the apples in a large pot with lid or Dutch oven. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Stir into the apples. Then stir in the peeled and grated ginger, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Cover and cook over medium heat for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened slightly and liquid is thickened. Remove from the heat and remove the lid.
  6. Roll out the dough: If you have a pastry cloth, set it up and dust it with flour; otherwise, flour a clean work surface. Put on a rolling pin cover (optional), and coat the pin in extra flour. Remove one ball of dough from refrigerator and roll it evenly from the center to the edge, until the dough is a large circle about 1/8-inch thick. If it starts to get sticky, dust lightly with flour. Rest the dough for 3 minutes. Then trim the dough to an even 12-inch circle with a pizza cutter (this corresponds to the 9-inch circle on the pastry cloth).
  7. Add the filling: Gently place the dough into center of the pie plate, using the rolling pin to transfer it. Use your fingers to press the pastry into the form of the pie pan. Then fold the excess dough around the edges under itself, so that it sits evenly on the rim of the pie plate (see photos above). Spoon the apple filling into the pie plate, discarding any remaining liquid at the bottom of the pot. Place the pie into the freezer while rolling out the lattice topping.
  8. Make the lattice: Roll out the second dough ball into an 11” x 14” rectangle (it will be intentionally slightly thinner than the previous dough). Rest 3 minutes. Then use a straight edge to cut it into 7 strips, where each strip is 11” x 2”.
  9. Weave the lattice: Remove the pie plate from freezer. Carefully lay out 4 strips of dough in same direction on the pie (see the “How to make a lattice pie crust” above). Be careful to place the strips down without stretching. Weave the strips together to create the lattice with the remaining 3 strips.
  10. Bake & glaze the pie (3 steps): Place the pie on the preheated baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before the 30 minute timer goes off, make the maple glaze: In a small pot add the maple syrup and cinnamon. Heat over medium heat until bubbles just start to appear (about 2 minutes). Turn off the heat. Remove the pie from the oven and brush an even layer of the maple glaze (leftover glaze can be discarded). Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour until warm, or a few hours until it is room temperature. Then slice into pieces and enjoy! The pie is best eaten the day it is made. For make ahead and reheating instructions, see below.

Notes

Make ahead / reheating instructions: 

  • Pie is best eaten the day of making it. 
  • You can make the pie dough in advance: make it up to 3 days ahead, wrap well and refrigerate. Or, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to 3 months. When ready to use, remove from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours. 
  • Store leftovers at room temperature loosely covered with foil, plastic wrap, or with an overturned bowl. Reheat at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. When reheated, the glaze will not be shiny like after the original bake, but leftovers still taste fantastic!
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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