Memorial Day! It’s a day that we come together as Americans to reflect on the many men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The day really is all American and there are so many different ways to celebrate. My favorite way to reflect is with friends and family over a good old fashioned patriotic party. And what’s a party without food? It’s just a meeting. I partnered with some amazing ladies to make planning your Memorial Day menu easy with An All American Progressive Dinner! Olivia is mixing up some drinks, Morgan has a delicious entree, and I (in true form) took dessert!
When I started thinking about “American” desserts, my mind directly went to summertime memories. I could almost taste the warm apple pie and the cold, creamy homemade ice cream. I just knew I had to include those two things for this Memorial Day Menu!
I get a great satisfaction from making things homemade. Like, 100% from scratch. No boxes. No mixes. I find food more personal this way and it’s really the only way that I like to feed my friends and family.
For the apple pie, the first thing you have to do is prepare the crust. The crust can make or break a pie, truth be told. I contemplated buying a store bought crust for a hot second and then immediately shot that idea down–homemade all the way! As I do for most of my cooking questions, I consulted Jana’s blog for her pie dough recipe. I followed her directions explicitly. I used butter, not shortening, and ice cold water to make this delicious dough.
While the dough was in the refrigerator, I started the homemade ice cream! Since I was going to such great lengths for the pie, I wanted a simpler homemade ice cream recipe. In the end, I settled on a recipe from my mother-in-law, but of course I tweaked it a bit.
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla (or MORE)
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1 pint half & half
- 1 1/4 c sugar
- 1 half gallon whole milk
- In a bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, whipping cream, half & half, and sugar until sugar is dissolved
- Pour mixture into ice cream maker cylinder
- Pour in the whole milk - adjust milk amount so that there is about a 2" space at the top of the container
- Secure lid and place into ice cream maker
- Turn on ice cream maker and let turn until desired consistency is attained (~1 hour)
- This recipe has raw eggs in it! If you are worried about raw eggs, you can absolutely use pasteurized eggs.
- 6 Large Granny Smith apples
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3/4 c white sugar
- 2 tbsp flour, 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 c packed brown sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- Heat oven to 375 F
- Peel & core apples
- Cut apples into small slices and squeeze the lemon juice over them
- Toss apples
- In a small bowl, mix together: 2 tbsp flour, white sugar, cinnamon, & nutmeg
- Sprinkle over apples and toss until evenly coated
- Spoon mixture into pie crust
- In a large bowl, mix: 1/2 c flour, brown sugar, & cut in butter until crumbly mixture
- Sprinkle flour/sugar mixture over the top of the pie
- Cover the pie loosely with aluminum foil
- Bake for 25 minutes
- Remove foil and bake an additional 25-35 minutes
- Cool & serve
- Perfect to enjoy with homemade ice cream.
What’s the most patriotic meal you can think of? Are you a fan of apple pie and ice cream?