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Cooking with Auntie: Bakin’ and Bacon

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So much cooking going on today. Today is a triple threat of recipes for a full three course meal including an original salad recipe by Lil, a Potato Hash by JJ and an apple pie with recipes from fellow bloggers.

While serving dinner, JJ and I may have come up with the most brilliant idea for an apple pie, read about it at the end of the post. We just have to make it one day!

We were inspired by a recipe video about a cute pie with hearts cut out of the top crust. Our pie didn’t turn out so pretty, but it was very tasty!

Let get cooking!

Apple Pie

An American classic made with freshly ground flour. Recipe from Palasang Pinoy. Photos from The Vintage Tart and our notes are in (parenthesis).



  • ½ cup butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 6 to 8 pieces baking apples (granny smith’s); peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine apples, sugars, flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon then mix well. (Mix gently so as not to break the apples.) 
  3. Set 1 pastry dough (see recipe below) on a round cake or pie pan then put-in the apple mixture and arrange.
  4. Distribute butter on top of the apple mixture. 
  5. Cover with the second pie crust then seal the edges. 
  6. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve.
  8. Share and enjoy!


Recipe from Little Sweet Baker with notes from me in (parentheses) and photos by The Vintage Tart.

  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
  • ¾ cup (188ml) vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup (83ml) milk plus 1-2 tbsp extra if needed (any kind, dairy or non-dairy works)
  1. Sift the flour twice, then whisk in the salt and create a little well. (We used fresh ground soft wheat, I would stick with traditional AP flour for this)
  2. Pour in the oil, then milk and stir everything together. (We used coconut oil and a food processor and pulsed the dough together) If the dough seems too dry, add 1-2 tbsp of milk. 
  3. Once the dough starts to form, finish working it by gently kneading it on a sheet of wax paper.
  4. Divide into two parts. Roll the dough out in between 2 sheets of wax paper. (To transfer the dough to the pan, if you’re not using wax paper, roll it gently around your rolling pin and unroll it over the pan.) 
  5. Bake (filled pie) in a preheated oven at 425F for 15 minutes, then bake at 375F until the crust is golden and filling is cooked. Usually about another 30-45 minutes. 

The Apple and Carrot Salad by Lil


  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Vinaigrette
  1. Chop lettuce.
  2. Slice apples and remove cores.
  3. One carrot sliced on the bias.
  4. Dish lettuce out to your bowls, add a few carrots and apple slices.
  5. Top with vinaigrette right before serving and serve immediately.

Potato Hash By JJ


  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fingerling potatoes
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 diced medium onion
  • 3-4 slices of turkey bacon, chopped
  • Goya adobo seasoning
  • Paprika
  • Herbamare original
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  1. Chop and dice veggies. 
  2. Cook onions until translucent, add potatoes and carrots and season. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil and stir. Herbamare can be hard to find, but you can find it here!
  3. When it’s getting close to being done, before the potatoes are cooked through, add the bacon. 
  4. Cook on medium low until golden. We had to add a bit of water to help the potatoes cook through.
  5. In a separate pan, scramble some eggs. 
  6. Serve with seasoned scrambled eggs and enjoy!

We had a bery busy day in the kitchen and while JJ and I were plating we were talking about the bacon and it hit us. Bacon in apple pie. I’m sure it’s been done before, but would an apple pie with latticed bacon on top not be a killer dessert?

What’s your favorite apple dish? Let me know in the comments and if you make any of these dishes, please post it on instagram and tag me @thevintagetart


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