Sunday, October 7, 2012

It's Apple Week on Mystery Lover's Kitchen!

Apple Crisp
by Peg Cochran

It’s apple week on Mystery Lover’s Kitchen!  I’m honored to be kicking it off with my recipe for apple crisp.

I’ve always been a huge apple fan--my parents used to joke that they ought to plant an apple tree in the backyard since I ate so many of them.  I wish I’d known my husband then--his family owned not only a wholesale produce company but an apple orchard near Vergennes, Vermont!

My favorite variety was red delicious, and I thought they were a wonderful snack (we didn’t have as many chips, cookies and candies back then).  My grandparents always had golden delicious on hand, and my mother favored Macs.  I remember going to the farmers market many years ago in San Diego with my sister-in-law who lived there. That was the first time I saw pink ladies, fujis and galas although those are now somewhat ubiquitous in our local grocery store.  Honeycrisp is a new favorite --explosively crisp and sweet.   

This recipe for apple crisp comes from my husband’s aunt “Toofy” (her nickname from childhood--her pronunciation of “toothy”) via his sister Jane.

6 -8 apples, peeled, quartered and cored (depending on size)
1 cup sugar*
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp cinnamon

Place apples in greased baking dish.  Mix other ingredients by hand or in food processor until it resembles corn meal.  Pack over apples and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. 

* I use a combination of half brown sugar and half white.  For this recipe I am substituting Splenda since my husband is watching his sugar intake--the top won’t brown and caramelize as much as with real sugar, but it’s still very tasty.

Enjoy! Top with ice cream or whipped cream or eat plain.

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  1. What is it about baked and cooked apples that appeals so much? I would love to dig right in! Love the story of Toofy, too. We have a similar odd nickname in my family. It wasn't until I was an adult that I knew that person's real name!

    ~ Krista

  2. Hooray..I love short, easy recipes that result in delicious
    treats! Thanks so much. Can't wait to make it. :-)

  3. Adrienne, you'll enjoy it! It barely takes ten minutes to put together which is what I love. And it's healthy. Well, it has fruit in it, right??!!

  4. This looks fantastic, Peg ... can't wait to try it!!

  5. I discovered Pink Lady and Pacific Rose apples a couple of years ago and LOVE them! I haunt my grocery store, Meijer, when they come in season so I can indulge. I think they taste like apple cider! I also found 2 varities I hadn't seen in Indiana, called Red Prince and Lady Alice. They are smaller apples, Red Prince looks like a mini-Red Delicious, Lady Alice lighter red. According to Google (however did we answer questions before Wikipedia and Google?) that the varities are from Washington state. If you find them, give 'em a try. They're quite tasty too and are perfect sized for a snack.

  6. Lovely, simple, and delish. Love it! I adore apple week.

    ~Daryl aka Avery

  7. Apple Crisp is my favorite, favorite dessert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Nurse Judy--I'll have to look for some of those varieties at my Meijer store (in Grand Rapids, MI). It will be fun to try something new! And I agree, I don't know what we'd do without Google for looking things up!

  9. Pam, my husband would agree with you!

  10. We were in Maine last week and had access to yummy, fresh from the trees apples. I had company coming that is avoiding gluten, so the topping was gluten free oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and butter. It was Great! We served it with Morton's Moo (Ellsworth Maine) ginger and dulce de leche ice creams. Wicked good. And using an apple peeler/corer/slicer made it really quick.