Thursday, October 13, 2011

Comfort Me With Apples

Fall is most definitely here. You know that smell, the one that comes in the morning when the air is crisp and moist, the sky is startlingly clear, and the temperature is cool but not too chilly? That's the smell floating through my windows right at this moment. It lifts my spirits and I love it! That smell went perfectly with the left-over pumpkin cake I ate for breakfast this morning. Yummmmmmmmm.

Here's a fall apple recipe. It's for good old-fashioned Apple Crisp, the kind with the brown sugar & oat topping that just begs to be served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Cuddle up with someone you love and make some tonight! (then you can have the left-overs for your breakfast tomorrow......)


5 or 6 large Golden Delicious apples
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup quick oats
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 or 10 wedges, then cut each wedge into small pieces. Combine apples with the granulated sugar, ¼ cup of the flour, and ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon. Place apple mixture into a 9x13-inch pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining cup of flour, the ½ teaspoon cinnamon, the brown sugar and the oats. Add melted butter and mix until moistened and crumbly. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over apples. Bake for about 45 minutes or until tender and golden. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

"Autumn arrives in early morning."  —Elizabeth Bowen

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."  —Carl Sagan

"The invention of a new recipe does more for mankind than the discovery of a new star."  —Brillat-Savarin