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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here comes Fall...Here comes APPLES!

Who does not love fall, especially fall food? Pumpkins, pears, apple, squash, there is so much wonderful baking to be done. First stop - Apples. My friend Jeff works at his girl friend's family apple farm every weekend in the fall and he is kind enough to bring us in bags of apples. So I took the opportunity to steal several and decided to make an apple crisp for the office. Apple crisp is one of those wonderful desserts where you don't really need a recipe just your favorite mix of some key ingredients.

For the apple portion - apples, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Peel, core and slice the apples to whatever shape you like but I tend to do a straight slice. Put the apples in a bowl, put a sieve on top to ensure the flour and sugar is sifted with no clumps and put your dry ingredients through the sieve on to the apples.

For about 15 small apples (enough to fill a 13*9 lasagna pan), I used just under a cup of sugar, teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon or less of nutmeg and about 1/4 cup or so of flour. It really depends on how sweet or "Cinnamony" you like it.

For the crumb topping - Oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter (slightly softened) and potentially any other crunchy item you would like to add - granola, nuts, flax etc. Mix them together with your hands to get everything clumped together. For a special treat this time I added skor bits to the apple mixture and the crumble mixture and it added a fantastic caramel sweetness. The next step is to mix the apple mixture and crumble together. I like to mix some of the crumble into the apple mixture so that the crunchiness is all through out and then cover the entire apple mixture with the remaining crumble.

Bake @ 375F for about 45 min until hot and crust is golden. Serve warm w/ vanilla ice cream. You will be in heaven! :-)

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