Apple Pie a la Mode (On a Stick)

Since living in Utah my husband and I have been to Arches National Park and now Yellowstone, and I highly recommend seeing either or both of them to anyone who, like me, is just amazed at the beauty of this country. The parts of Yellowstone we got to see this past weekend were just plain cool. Before going I was vaguely aware that Old Faithful was there and that we might see bison. That's about all I knew about it. Come to find out, going to visit Yellowstone is like visiting another planet. One where there is not just one, but multiple waterfalls like this:

and where wild animals are everywhere.

(Believe it or not, we saw so many bison that I kept thinking I would take a picture the next time I saw them. Eventually we were on the drive home and I realized I hadn't take a single one.)

In Yellowstone you might pass by a pond that looks normal, until you realize that it's boiling. Or you might see one of many beautifully clear hot springs . . . 

 . . . that look like they go straight down to the center of the earth. 

You see craters of boil mud:

and, of course, geysers are all over.

It was definitely an amazing place to see, and we only saw just a small part of the park. My poor nephew got the stomach flu about halfway through the first day so we cut our sightseeing short. (Note: When a little boy is in a car and he says he feels sick, give him a bag or bucket or something, just in case you don't get a chance to pull over soon. Lesson learned.)

In honor of the beauty of Yellowstone and the many natural wonders we have in our country, and of course with the 4th of July coming up, I thought I'd share a very "American" recipe today - apple pie a la mode on a stick. 

It's layers of apple pie filling and vanilla ice cream in a convenient popsicle form. How can you get better than that? Making the apple pie filling on the stovetop means you can get great apple pie flavor without turning on your oven. The popsicles are easy and fast to make, meaning you can spend more time lighting sparklers, floating in the lake, roasting marshmallows, watching fireworks or enjoying any other holiday traditions you have for the Fourth. Whatever you enjoy doing, they're a delicious way to cool off, relax, and enjoy summer.

Apple Pie a la Mode (On a Stick)

Apple pie filling
4 cups Granny Smith apples, chopped medium (if you use a sweeter apple decrease the sugar)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of nutmeg
2/3 cup water

1 quart vanilla ice cream

24 popsicle sticks

1. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and set aside. Pour water into a large saucepan over medium heat. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add to water, stir well, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until apples are tender, about 2-5 minutes. (Or until apples soften and taste "cooked" rather than raw.) Remove from heat, let cool and chill in the refrigerator until cold.

2. Let ice cream sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes, or until it has softened. You might want to stir it up to make sure it is evenly softened throughout.

3. In a popsicle mold or small paper cup, add a spoonful of chilled apple pie filling. Top with a spoonful of softened ice cream. Repeat until the mold or cup is full. Add a popsicle stick and freeze until firm. (I let mine freeze overnight) Un-mold the popsicles to serve by running the mold briefly under warm water. Serve.

Makes about 24 small popsicles

Recipe Source: Heat Oven to 350

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