31 January 2013

Apple Crisp & "La Fway" :D

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 Apple Crisp Moments
a haiku by Andrea V

Crunchy, sweet topping...
Autumn's cure for Winter blues
I'll save you a piece.

Let's be honest, any type of dessert/snack right out of the oven is muy perfecto during these cold winter months. Apple crisp, just happens to be a personal favorite. Speaking of cold months, it seems the snow has been actively trying to avoid the Chicago area, but like a lost puppy or kitten, eventually finds its way back home at least for little bits at a time. I'm not complaining. As much as I LOVE the snow, I have to say, it's quite a nice change of pace actually being able to enjoy it instead of trying to survive it :)

The Apple Crisp (or any crisp) really is the ultimate idealist's dessert, in that it tastes like a sinful act of gluttony, but feels like a light sweet harmless snack and with more or less only about 200 calories per serving, I'd say the latter rings most true :)

I make my apple crisp with a thicker oat topping. If you want this even more healthy, then just lessen the topping.

Apple Crisp

  • 2 or 3 medium sized Granny Smith apples sliced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine chilled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
Cooking Directions
  1. In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, start to cook apples, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and corn starch. Stir until sauce starts to thicken. Pour into baking dish. Set aside.
  2. For topping: Whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, rest of brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and add a pinch of salt. Cut in cubed butter (using fork or fingers). Make sure butter is well incorporated in the dry mixture.
  3. Using a tablespoon at a time, add hot water while mixing until doughy paste is formed.
  4. Place dollops of the dough over the apples. Make sure apples are evenly topped.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until apples are bubbly and topping is a nice golden brown.


For the sake of being random, I present to you, "La Fway"

hahahahahahaha, thank you inter-webs for this majestic piece of art.

Get Your Feast On!


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