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By: Claudia Larsen

Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and as expected, tradition calls for everyone in the family to participate in preparing for the big day in one way or another.

Whether it is setting the table or actually helping cook the meal, my own family requires everyone add their touch on the big get together. If you are able to cook to save your own life like me, and want to contribute to your dinner, I have three words way of wisdom: Bake a pie!

I recently took a culinary class in my high school, and one of our projects was making an apple crumb pie from scratch. Originally, I thought this was going to be very difficult for someone who is admittedly a chronic waffle burner and toaster torcher.

But in reality, the process was not all that hard. The pie came out pretty good. Baked with a recipe given to me by my former teacher, the pie ended up becoming a huge hit with my family.

There are a couple steps to baking this particular pie, some of which can also be easily substituted. For example, this recipe calls for you to make the piecrust from scratch. However, this is completely optional, as you can use a premade crust if you wish to save yourself some pain.

Next, preheat your oven to 375 degrees while you complete the forthcoming two steps, filling and crumb topping.

For filling, you will need the following: 3 peeled apples, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of flour, a light sprinkle of nutmeg and a splash of lemon juice. You will then core and slice up the apples into preferably smaller chunks. Toss them with the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Splash this mixture with lemon juice and finally place it inside the piecrust.

When reaching the crumb topping stage, you will need: 1/2 of flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 1/4 of margarine (or butter)- melted. Combine the brown sugar and flour and mix this well. Melt the margarine or butter in the microwave and then add this to the flour mixture and mix it well. It should come out very crumbly and moist. Add this on top of your current pie in progress, but do not flatten it down. It should stay crumbly.

Lastly, bake your pie for 40 minutes and viola! You have an apple crumb pie as a servable dish for your family feast.

Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving to all!