Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Dutch Apple Pie -Guest Author Jana Richards

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to have special guest Jana Richards, author of First and Again. She's here to share a recipe for apple pie--yum! Take it away, Jana!


In my novel, First and Again, my character Bridget is a chef and must learn to bake the perfect pie to resurrect her career. You can read an excerpt about her learning to bake a flakey pie crust on my blog. In the book, Bridget makes apple pies. In real life, Dutch Apple Pie is my favorite kind of apple pie. I love the sugary, crunchy topping and the fact that it only needs a bottom crust. Years ago, when we lived in another city and we had an apple tree growing in our yard, I made this pie often because we had SO much fruit! Here‘s the recipe:


5 ½ cups cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 T. lemon juice
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
3 T. flour
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
 ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¾ cup flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine, room temperature


1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Fit pie crust into pie plate.
3. In large bowl mix sliced apples, lemon juice, both sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4. Pour into crust.
5. Prepare topping: In medium bowl, with a pastry blender or fork, mix flour, both sugars and butter until coarsely crumbled. Pour over apple mixture.
6. Bake at 375°F. for 50 minutes.

First and Again
by Jana Richards

Bridget Grant is back in Paradise. Paradise, North Dakota, that is.

She’s swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she’s trying to navigate the strained relationships she’d left behind – including her first love, Jack Davison.

Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town – and him. When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack’s tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have more in common than ever – Jack’s also a single parent. Though they both try to keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like a family.

But Bridget’s only planning to stay in Paradise until she’s saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack’s invested too much in his ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved both have a lot more at stake than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?

About the Author
Jana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy. She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side.  She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby. 
Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou. You can reach her through her website at http://www.janarichards.com.

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  1. Sounds like a scrumptious pie and a wonderful read! Now I'll be hungry for apple pie all day ... Thanks for sharing and every success with the book!

    1. I'm eating my lunch at work as I write this. All I've got are carrots, and it's just not the same! Thanks for dropping by Laura.

  2. Jana,
    The pie recipe sounds delicious, and the crumble sugar/butter topping makes it perfect! Enjoyed your blurb. Good luck with your book.

    1. The pie is quite delightful. Unfortunately (or fortunately, considering I'm always watching my weight) I haven't made it in a long time. Reading the recipe again has given me a craving for it!

  3. Your books sounds delightful! And the pie recipe? Oh, my. I just want to go bake it right now. ;O Best of luck with First and Again.

    1. Thank you Barbara! If you do try the recipe, I think you'll really like it.

  4. I'm not sure if my comment got lost (as my seem to do a lot lately) or if perhaps it is being held for approval, but just in case of the former, I'm going to try again...What do you consider the best cooking apples?

    1. Hi Charlotte,
      I think the best kind of cooking apples are the ones that are a little bit more tart. The apple tree we used to have was called a Parkland apple; it was specially developed to survive in our cold climate in Canada. The apples were a little smaller than a MacIntosh apple, and they were tart without being excessively so. Perhaps a good substitute to find in a grocery store would a Granny Smith. I used to make a number of pies and freeze them, and I made a ton of applesauce and apple butter. At the time I swore at that tree because it always created so much extra work for me in the fall, but now that I don't have it anymore, I really miss it.

  5. Thank you Jana for stopping by with this heavenly sounding recipe! I can almost smell it cooking now.

    1. Thank you for having me! There's nothing like the smell of apple pie baking!

  6. Great Blurb, Loved it. I can feel my waistline thickening at just the thought of the apple pie.

    1. I like to bake but my waistline can't handle it! Thanks for stopping by Marlow.

  7. The recipe sounds devine. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Louise! I appreciate you stopping by.


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