Southern Apples

Submitted by Christi

It’s Tablescape Thursday! Hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, this is one of my favorites.

My sister, Tammy, has these lovely Franciscan Apple dishes. At one time, they were my mother’s dishes. Tammy has them now and has added some wonderful pieces to it.

Lots of apple dishes

Lots of apple dishes


I love these colors for Fall!

An easy arrangement with apples

An easy arrangement with apples

A beautiful table

A beautiful table

A birds eye view

A birds eye view


All set for a lovely Fall meal!

To everything there is a season, and
a time to every purpose under heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Today’s Lagniappe: Apple Bourbon Pie
Some yummy apple goodness

1/2 cups raisins
1/2 cups bourbon
3 lb. cooking apples
3/4 cups sugar
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 package refrigerated pie crusts
2 tsp apricot preserves melted
1 tbsp sugar

Combine raisins and bourbon, and let soak for at least 2 hours.

Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch slices; arrange apple slices in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam 10 minutes or until apple slices are tender.

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add apple slices, raisin mixture, and pecans, stirring to combine.

Fit 1 pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions; brush preserves over pie crust. Spoon apple mixture into pie crust.

Roll remaining pie crust to press out fold lines;  Arrange pastry over apple mixture; cut air vents in top pie crust and sprinkle pie with sugar.

Bake at 450 degrees F. on lower rack of oven 15 minutes. Shield edges of pie with strips of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Lower oven temperature to 350. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 to 35 additional minutes.

26 Responses to “Southern Apples”

  1. black eyed susans kitchen Says:

    I have always liked the Franciscan dishes, especially this apple pattern. It looks beautiful on the table and your pie recipe looks to be very yummy.

  2. Jane Says:

    Christi, this is so pretty! I love those apple dishes!


  3. Mari at Once Upon a Plate Says:

    Hi Christi! Oh, Franciscan patterns have a special place in my heart. How sweet that your sister is adding to the set~ I love it!

    The tablesetting shows this pattern off so beautifully ~ thank you for sharing.

  4. Julio Says:

    A bright and delicious setting. Beautiful dishes. I’m not a very good cook or baker but I know someone that is and would love to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing

  5. ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ Says:

    Love your dishes and have always admired this pattern. They look so pretty on your table. Your apple pie recipe is going into my file. Sounds like a keeper.

    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  6. Katherine Says:

    I love those Franciscan dishes! The apple design really pops! Nice variety! Great fall tablescape!


  7. ellen b Says:

    I remember going to the Franciscan factory/store near Griffith park years ago. If I knew then what I know now I would have bought myself a couple sets of dishes :0)
    I love this apple pattern…
    The pie sounds wonderful…

  8. Martha Says:

    My mother had those dishes — I’m afraid that very few survived a family with four children — but these sure bring back fond memories — love the way you’ve tablescaped them.

  9. Jeannine Wayman Says:

    Beautiful table. Thanks for sharing such classic everyday dishes.

  10. dotsie Says:

    Lovely and so colorful. My mother’s friend had these and I remember eating meals off them!

  11. Maureen Says:

    Perfect china for this time of year! I’m just wondering how you managed to take that shot from a bird’s eye view. Were you hanging from the chandelier? 🙂

  12. Gloria Says:

    Just beautiful girl…love that china..thanks for sharing this awesome table…May you have a great day girl…hugs and smiles Gl?ria

  13. [email protected] Says:

    Apples are always in order for fall, and your lovely table looks fantastic. I’ve admired these pretty dishes for a long time as two of my aunts have this pattern. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  14. Melody Says:

    Love your dishes. It all look applicious!

  15. Denise Says:

    What a beautiful set. I am wishing I had more room so I can collect plates and flatware for every Thursday!!

  16. Jane Says:

    Mmmmmmm…that pie smells delicious! I love your Franciscan china. It’s timeless!
    (My mom had the ivy pattern..large green leaves.)
    Jane (artfully graced)

  17. Linderhof Says:

    What a great fall tablescape — apples!

  18. Dining Delight Says:

    Those apple dishes are so perfect for fall. Nice tablescape!


  19. Brenda Kula Says:

    What a pretty set! And I absolutely love the detail and texture of the table and chairs too!

  20. amy Says:

    The pie looks yummy…I think I might try it for bunco night! The colors on the dishes are so pretty. Lovely

  21. sedona Says:

    I love the apple dishes! So perfect for fall! Nice!

  22. Jan Says:

    Oh, I love the apple dishware! My mom had an apple dishware and gave it to her neighbor. In turn her neighbor sold it in a yardsale!
    The table looks lovey.


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  24. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    Christi, this is a lovely table. Love apples and fall! Cute dishes! I didn’t get a table together for this week, but hope to participate next week again. ~ Sarah

  25. Sherri Says:

    Love the apple dishes. A lovely table!

  26. nannykim at spindlecottage Says:

    Those are pretty…and the pie sounds delicious–I have to be gluten free–but I could make it without a crust. I will have to try this at some point. I hope to get some fresh apples this coming week in the mountains of NC…hope hope!

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