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DIY Apple Candles

fall tablescape with apple candles

The holidays are fast approaching and we are excited to host friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast! Since this is a special occasion I love to go all out and set a pretty table. Layering some fresh greenery and fall fruit on top of a paper table runner keeps things simple and classy. I found these fairy tale pumpkins at a local grocery store and they will usually last the entire season as long as I don't cut them. Candles are a staple when it comes to centerpieces and these DIY apple candles are so easy and festive. Perfect for the fall season!

apple candles for thanksgiving centerpiece

To make them you will need:
1. Place the cookie cutter on the top center of the apple and press it down. This will make the outline of the hole for the candle.

2. Next, using a knife scoop out enough of the apple so the candle can sit without having the sides exposed.

3. Pour lemon juice into the hole and let it sit for about 5 minutes. This will help keep the apple from turning brown.

4. Press the tea light into the hole.

5. Light and enjoy!

DIY tealight apple candles

thanksgiving table ideas

DIY apple candles for fall table

DIY apple tea light candles

You might also like this delicious recipe for skillet apple pie!

Skillet Apple Pie

cast iron skillet apple pie recipe

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my love for baking in a cast iron skillet. It has made everything I've baked in it so much better. From pizza to corn bread to the best yet- apple pie! I tweaked my go-to apple pie recipe and baked it in this skillet instead of a pie dish. I think it's because cast iron gets really hot-it made the crust brown and crispy and the filling thick and gooey. It was delicious! Recipe below, give it a try! =)

Skillet Apple Pie
  • 1 recipe pie crust
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6-8 cups thinly sliced peeled cooking apples 
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsps granulated sugar for topping
  • Ice cream (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Prepare pie crust. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough and set aside.

3. Peel and slice apples. I use this apple slicer.

4. In a large mixing bowl stir together the granulated sugar, 3 Tbsp flour, cinnamon and salt. Add apple slices and toss until coated. 

5. Melt butter in a 10" cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and place one pie crust in skillet over brown sugar mixture.

6. Spoon apple mixture over pie crust and top with remaining pie crust in the pattern of your choice.

7. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush the top of the pie crust with egg white and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp granulated sugar. Cut slits in the top of the crust for steam to escape. (If you are doing a lattice style crust you don't need to cut slits.)

8. Bake at 350 for one hour or until golden brown and bubbly. Cover with aluminum foil during the last 10 minutes to prevent over browning if needed. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving. 

9. Enjoy with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Cast iron skillet apple pie recipe