Apple Pie Angel Biscuits are southern style biscuits baked in a cast iron skillet and topped with cinnamon apple pie filling and elegant drizzle of gooey cream cheese icing.
Food-centric holiday lovers, rejoice! It’s Thanksgiving Week! My heart feels like it’s overflowing with thankfulness for everything around me. For one, we actually completed all of the outdoor chores required for us to batten-down-the-hatches for winter. We had no idea when we moved to the country that we’d have so many extra chores to do to ready our property and equipment for the winter. There’s a ton of continual maintenance stuff to get done in the fall: caulking windows and doors on the outbuildings, inspecting the outbuildings for sneaky field mice entry holes and plugging them, inspecting all of the roofs, testing the snow removal equipment, erecting the snow fencing in the open areas so that we don’t wake up to 6 ft. snow drifts against the doors each morning–I wish I were kidding about that one–the list goes on and on!
Part of my outdoor chores include harvesting and pruning the fruit trees. Part of my little dream of living in the country is to plant a miniature pie/jam orchard on the property. Lucky for us, our house sits on land that was once a thriving orchard! Sadly, most of the fruit trees were cleared when our house was built, but we do have a few trees left standing. None of said trees blossomed nor bore fruit last year. Last spring, I decided to try to revive the fruit trees on the property and see how that went before planting an orchard. Seems reasonable seeing that I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing with regard to cultivating an orchard!
Thankfully, my BFF Amazon has a wealth of fruit growing resources to guide the way. My favorite book thus far is The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden. Son #1 and I pruned in the spring according to the guidelines in the book, and prayed like crazy that I didn’t kill my fruit trees.
Look! It worked! Both my cherry and apple trees bore fruit this year! The cherry tree bore enough fruit for us to snack on and bake a couple of sweet cherry rhubarb pies. But get a load of all of the apples on this apple tree! I did absolutely nothing to the fruit trees other than a light pruning, and they flourished! This is my first learning year, so the fruit wasn’t perfect. In fact, some of the apples are downright wonky in shape, but they’re still tasty! I’m already consulting The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way to see what I can improve upon for next year.
The first improvement? Better pruning and sanitizing of the orchard. Did you know that orchards must be sanitized? Neither did I! Sanitizing is basically clearing all of the fruit and debris that falls from the tree so that pests or blight are unable to “overwinter” and re-infect the tree in the spring. The more you know! I won’t bore you with all of the other nerdy fruit-tree-orchard-growing tidbits that I’ve picked up along the way, but believe me when I tell you that the science behind how the fruit trees produce is truly fascinating!
I enlisted the help of Sons #1 & #3 to clear the fallen fruit and branches as I climbed all up in this apple tree’s business and thinned out the branches. As in, majorly thinned out the branches so that she doesn’t look so wild and overgrown. I’m still praying that I didn’t hurt her in the process. We’ll see how she looks in the spring. I realize that she looks a touch Charlie Brown Christmas compared to where she started from, but I just know she’ll fill out beautifully come spring!
This year, this particular apple tree bore several bushes of apples. The apples are red with a soft, sweet flesh, so I’m guessing that we have a Johnathan tree? I’m still researching to be sure. Regardless of the varietal, the apples are perfect for making overnight apple butter or these Apple Pie Angel Biscuits.
Our apple harvest/tree trimming adventures coincided with the time I was working on the Angel Yeast Biscuits recipe. We were literally tripping over apples, so Son #1 sautéed a few with cinnamon sugar for his morning oatmeal. He made way more cinnamon apples than he needed, so he offered me the surplus. I’d just pulled a tray of Angel Biscuits out of the oven, I sampled one with his apples over top.
Oh, man! Was that ever good! So good that I immediately whipped up another batch of biscuits for the express purpose of making an Apple Pie Angel Biscuits version. While the biscuits were in the oven, I decided to work a little cream cheese icing into the equation. Because obviously.
The resulting Apple Pie Angel Biscuits are nothing short of amazing. The biscuits are light and fluffy, and the sweet apple topping is completely delicious. Apple Pie Angel Biscuits are southern style biscuits baked in a cast iron skillet and topped with cinnamon apple pie filling and elegant drizzle of gooey cream cheese icing. We couldn’t get enough, so I made these Apple Pie Angel Biscuits for days!
It seemed like the right thing to do to celebrate completing my outdoor chores before the first snowfall. I also finished in time for me to have a tiny bit of surgery on my foot. For now, I’ll have to forgo climbing trees in favor of binge-ing on The Office: The Complete Series with a steamy mug of tea and an Apple Pie Angel Biscuit to snack on. Let me remind you that being sedentary is not how I roll. The experience of having to depend on others is very humbling. Bacon Slayer has been a real champ doing all of the shopping, cooking, and picking up my slack. The Sons are willing go-fers, running around the house an grabbing whatever I need at the moment. Thankfully, I have Son #1 to chauffeur me around because I won’t be driving for a few more weeks. All of that along with a fuzzy cow blanket and Daisy the ever-vigilant coonhound standing guard, and I have much to be thankful for!
Print the Apple Pie Angel Biscuits recipe and bake some today!