Autumn Apple Pie with Pie Dough Roses & Leaves

 

This autumn apple pie has a floral twist that is sure to add a bit of elegance to your harvest party or Thanksgiving dessert table this fall!  Some pretty pie dough leaves and roses give it a lovely floral makeover!

 

 

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I posted, but I am still alive and I do still care about my little corner of the internet here at Down Floral Lane! Basically, life happened and even though a lot of you super amazing moms seem to be able to blog every week, work full time, and juggle more than one child, I am barely keeping up with my toddler and a part time job! All this to say that sometimes my blog goes on the bottom of my to do list. But, I finally have something beautiful to share with you all! It’s a fool proof apple pie recipe (easy as pie, excuse the pun), perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations!

 

 

This Apple Pie recipe is my Mother’s own recipe! She has been making it every single Thanksgiving and Christmas for as long as I can remember. It’s the pie dough recipe I always use because it doesn’t require any fuss or prep. I gave this delicious pie my own floral twist by taking the time to make a lovely lattice crust, and some pie dough leaves and roses to decorate it.

 

 


Don’t let it deceive you! The leaves and roses actually aren’t that complicated to make! They just take a little bit of time! When I first saw this pie and this pie on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try something like it for my own autumn apple pie! I thought it was going to be a whole lot harder than it was, but really, if you follow the tutorial, you will soon have your very own gorgeous pie dough roses and leaves to decorate your harvest pie with!

 




 

Aren’t they just lovely?! I think I may have to add roses to all my pies in the future! I’m hooked! They turn any pie into an elegance that’s perfect for any occasion!  Who says apple pie is boring?!

 

How to Make an Apple Pie

To make your pie dough for the apple pie, lattice crust, leaves and roses, you can either make homemade pie dough or use store bought. If you are using store bought dough you will need three circles of it. (Usually there are two circles per box.) I encourage you to try and make your own dough if you have time though, because it really tastes so much better!

Here’s my Mother’s pie dough recipe that is my go-to dough recipe:

For the Pie Dough:

3 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)

About 1/2 cup of water

For the Pie Filling:

4 or 5 medium apples, peeled and diced into small pieces.

1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of flour

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch pie pan.

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flour and salt. Cut the butter in pieces and add to the flour.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be cold butter like some pie dough recipes call for, but it shouldn’t be very warm either. Mix until the butter has incorporated into the flour and there are no lumps left (the mixture will be like breadcrumbs).

With the mixer on slow speed, add the water one tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a soft ball. Immediately stop the mixer, you don’t want to over mix the dough. If the dough is still crumbly, add more water. If it is sticky, add a bit more flour. The final result should be a pie dough that is soft like playdough.

Separate the dough into three balls. The first ball, you will roll into the bottom pie crust. The second ball you will either roll into the top pie crust or use to cut strips for a lattice crust. The third ball, you will use to make the pie dough roses and leaves. It isn’t necessary to refrigerate this dough first. However, if you do refrigerate it beforehand, take it out and let it soften before rolling it out.

Peel and dice the apples. You will need four or five for an 8 inch pie pan. If you are using a deep dish pie pan you will need more.

Take the first ball of dough and roll it out on a floured surface. Roll a circle that is big enough to cover the pie pan. Place it over your greased pie pan. Try not to stretch it as you place it on the pan. Trim any access dough but it’s okay for it to go over the edge a little bit.

 

Next, fill it with the apple pieces.

 

 

Sprinkle the sugar on top.

 

 

Next, sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

 

 

Then sprinkle the flour on top. The flour makes the juice from the apples thicken slightly so it’s not as runny.

 



 

Now you are ready to make the top of the pie! I chose to make a lattice pie crust for my pie. However, you can make any top you want!

Take your second ball of dough and roll it out on a floured surface. Cut out straight pieces for a lattice crust or just go ahead and cover the whole pie with the dough. For a good tutorial on how to make a lattice pie crust, see here:

 

 

How to Make Pie Dough Leaves

Now for the fun part! I decorated the edge of my pie with leaves because, after all, it’s autumn! They are an adorable addition to any pie and I love how they can hide the imperfections on the edge of my pie crusts.

 

 

 

To make the leaves, roll out your last ball of dough until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick. Use a leaf cookie cutter, a stencil, or a real leaf like I did, to cut leaf shapes in the dough.

 

 

After you have cut out the leaves, use a knife to cut lines on them to look like real leaves! Save the leftover dough to make pie dough roses!

 

 

Place them all along the edges of your pie (or wherever else you want them). If they don’t stick to the crust, you can wet them with a little bit of water or milk. I also set a few leaves aside to use next to the pie dough roses.

 

 

The pie would be lovely with just the leaves! It’s such a festive way to dress up an apple pie for autumn!

 

 

How to Make Pie Dough Roses

When I saw this tutorial about making pie dough roses, I knew I wanted to add them to my apple pie! There is a wonderful video tutorial there on how to make them if you want to check it out. You could also take a look at this video tutorial as well. Meanwhile, here is my own how-to version:

First, roll out the leftover dough about 1/8 inch thick. You don’t want it to be too thick or the roses won’t roll, nor too thin so that they don’t hold their shape.

 

 

Cut out circles that are about 2 inches in diameter. You will need four circles for every two roses that you make.

Take four circles and lay them in a line, overlapping one another.

 

 

Starting at one end, roll the dough circles up into a log shape so that all the circles are rolled up together.

 

 

Cut the log in half down the middle.

 

 

You will now have two pieces. One side will look flat like this:

 

 

And the other side will look rolled like this:

 

 

Squish and press the dough on the flat cut side so that it doesn’t come unsealed. Then, turn the rose over and gently pull the folds of dough out and then press them down to look like rose petals. Repeat this until you have as many dough roses as you need.

 



 

Decorate your pie with as many roses as you would like! I only used three but I’ve seen some beautiful pies that are covered all over in pie dough roses like this one! 

 

 

As a final touch, add a few extra leaves around the roses.

 

 

Baking the Apple Pie

After your pie has been decorated, brush the top, including the leaves and roses, with milk. This will give it a golden color when it has finished baking. Cover the edges of the pie in tin foil so they don’t get overdone before the filling as cooked. Bake it on the middle rack at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 375 degrees F and bake for another 45 minutes (or until the apples are soft).

 

 

After baking, this pie can be frozen for later use. My pie is currently in the freezer because I’m planning on serving it on Thanksgiving! To freeze the pie, wait till it has completely cooled and then wrap it in plastic wrap. I do freeze pies in glass dishes sometimes but if you are going to do this, please remember to make sure the pie has COMPLETELY thawed before putting it into a hot oven to warm it up. 🙂



 

 

Tag your photos with #downflorallane on Instagram so I can see your lovely creations! <3 I really do hope you’ll give pie dough roses and leaves a try because they will take your apple pie to the next level! Aren’t they just stunning?!

 

 



 

How to make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake

Today, I’m sharing some step-by-step instructions on how to make a lovely floral horse birthday cake! It can be decorated any way you want to fit your party’s theme but the version I made is a sweet floral pony with a rose in her mane.

 

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This birthday cake was so much fun to make, and even though it looks super hard, it’s actually not! The best part about this cake design is that you can follow the steps to make the basic horse head and then decorate it any way you want, with any colors you want! I made it for my daughter’s birthday and I wanted to make it sweet and girly so of course it had to be pink and flowery. I used a cake pattern I found here for free on parenting.com to make the basic cake shape. The nose is an M&M, the eye is a pink gum drop, and the mane is pink frosting that I piped on in just a few minutes.

 

How to Make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake: http://www.downflorallane.com/make-floral-horse-birthday-cake/

How to Make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake: http://www.downflorallane.com/make-floral-horse-birthday-cake/

 

 

How to Make a Horse Cake

 

First, download the horse head pattern from parenting.com. You will need to sign up first, before you can download the pattern but it’s free and only takes a few minutes! After you have downloaded the pattern, print it out and cut out the pieces according to the directions.

Use your favorite cake recipe or, if you prefer, use a box of cake mix to make the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly into one square 8 inch by 8 inch cake pan, and one round 8 inch cake pan. Bake according to the baking instructions.

After the cakes have cooled in the pans for 10 minutes, take them out of the pans and let them sit till they are completely cooled.



 

How to Create the Horse’s Head

 

Now it’s time to create the horse’s head! This may seem like a lot of steps but if you follow each one, you should have yourself a cute horse head to decorate!

Step 1:

Begin by placing the 8 inch cake on a flat surface. Arrange the two “B” pattern pieces on top of the cake.

 

Step 2:

Using a knife, cut a slice across the cake like this:

 

Step 3:

Then, cut that trimmed slice in half. (These are the two “B” shapes on the pattern.) These cake pieces will be the horse’s ears. Place Pattern A on the bigger piece of cake. Slice off the edge of the left side of the cake as shown on the pattern.

 

 

Step 4:

Place the square cake on a flat surface.

 

 

Step 5:

Arrange pattern pieces D and C on top, according to the instructions on the pattern. Make sure they are not overlapping.

 

 

Step 6:

Cut out pieces C and D. This is what the square cake should look like when you are done:

 

 

Step 7:

Take Piece C and D and set them aside. The other pieces of the cake are leftovers, but you can save them. I used some of the extra cake to place underneath the horse’s nose to make it sit more evenly next to the horse’s neck.

 

 

Step 8:

Now it’s time to put all the pieces together to make the horse’s head! It’s like making a puzzle! Arrange the cake pieces on your serving platter according to the picture below.

Use the leftover cake underneath any pieces that don’t sit evenly. For example, on my cake, Piece C needed some thin cake strips underneath it to make it sit perfectly against piece A.

 



 

Decorating the Horse

After your cake is arranged on the serving tray, you are ready to decorate it! The first thing you need to do is pick what color frosting you want and cover the whole cake in a layer of frosting to hold everything together. I wanted my pony to be white, so I found my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting recipe and made a batch of it. I really do recommend buttercream frosting because it firms up so well for a cake like this. Whichever recipe you choose, make sure the frosting recipe you use is one that will result in a firm frosting that is not runny. It needs to be thick enough to hold all those pieces together.

 

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After the cake has been covered all over in a smooth layer of frosting, put it in the refrigerator to firm for an hour or so. Then coat the whole cake in another layer of frosting to cover any bare spots and to give it a smooth finish.

 

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Now it’s time to make the horse’s mane! Fill a piping bag with frosting. I used pink strawberry buttercream to make a pretty pink mane. You can find my strawberry buttercream recipe on my blog post here. Then, I just piped lines down the horse’s neck till the mane was as thick as I wanted it to be. This doesn’t have to be perfect! If you mess up on a strand of hair, just pipe a few more lines over it.

I didn’t show it in this picture but I ended up making the mane go over the edge of the cake to cover the side as well and not just the top.

 

How to Make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake: http://www.downflorallane.com/make-floral-horse-birthday-cake/

 

Add candy for the nostril and the eye. I used an M&M for the nostril and a gum drop for the eye.

 

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Lastly, I added a rose to the pony’s mane because what horse does not look cute in flowers!

 

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I have to admit, before I settled with the rose, I tried out lots of other flowers. You could go with daises like this Daisy Pony:

 

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Or how about a Pansey Pony? Isn’t that darling?! I made a little flower crown for her pink mane. Yes, I get carried away with this! Haha! But making floral pony cakes is so much fun!

 

How to Make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake: http://www.downflorallane.com/make-floral-horse-birthday-cake/

 

In the end, I went with a sweet rose behind the pony’s ear because roses are my favorite!

 

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I would love to see your creations so tag them with #downflorallane so I can see! <3



DIY Floral Easter Eggs With Mod-Podge and Paper Napkins

Easter is in one week! For those of you who are looking for a last minute Easter egg project, consider making these pretty DIY Easter eggs! They are made from paper napkins and mod podge!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

What I love best about this project is that I can get watercolor Easter eggs even though I can’t paint! They are so easy to make and you can customize them to your taste by using any paper napkin you like!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Supplies Needed

  • A bottle of Mod Podge
  • Paper Napkins with a pretty design
  • Faux white eggs (I bought mine for a few dollars at WalMart!)

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Instructions

Step 1: Take a paper napkin and take apart the layers, making sure that you use only the top part. The napkin I used had three layers. I took them apart and set aside the floral side to use on the eggs.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 2: Cut the paper napkin into short strips about the length of your egg, or into squares. They don’t all have to be even or the same size. You can even cut out particular shapes or patterns.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 3: Put a drop or two of mod podge onto your egg and spread it around a bit.

Step 4: Place a napkin strip or shape onto the mod podge.

Step 5: Put another drop or 2 of mod podge onto of the napkin piece.

Step 6: With your finger, (or a small paint brush) spread the mod podge all over the top of the napkin, smoothing it down as you go. The whole egg should be covered in a layer of mod podge and napkins. Don’t worry if the pod modge goes on thick. It will still dry clear. The trick here, is just to get the napkin as smooth as possible so it doesn’t dry and leave wrinkles on your pattern.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-6, until the eggs has been completely covered in paper napkins. Alternatively, you could do one side at a time, let it dry and then do another side. This process makes the egg easier to handle, it just takes more time so I preferred to do it all at once.

Step 7: Set the egg to dry on a small stand. (I used a round scotch tape roll but I saw these egg stands on Amazon and they would probably work great too!) Turn the egg over every so often to make sure all the sides get a chance to dry.

 Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

And that’s it! When the eggs are dry, you will have some pretty Easter decorations to use however you like! Since I use the fake eggs to do this, rather than real egg shells, they are unbreakable and I can even let my toddler play with them!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

These eggs can be used in so many different ways to decorate for spring and Easter. I’ve even used them to decorate a spring Bundt Cake!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 This was honestly such an easy project to do! I had seen this egg decorating method on Pinterest and was skeptical if I could get my eggs to look as pretty as those. But this DIY project really works! If I can do it, so can you!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

If you make these eggs, be sure to let me know how you use them! I love seeing all your ideas!