Skip to content

Apple crisp: It’s a great way to connect.

December 1, 2011

Food is certainly a powerful way of connecting people across the globe. It is with that spirit in mind that I share this apple crisp recipe. A friend recently asked for one, and I turned, as always, to my “New Good Housekeeping Cookbook,” which isn’t so new any more. In fact, it’s tattered, stained and well-loved. It was the perfect general cookbook when I was starting out on my own, and I still refer to it for solid recipes that I know are going to work.

So, here is the perfect autumnal dessert that can showcase fall fruit at its most flavorful.

Apple Crisp

6 medium-sized cooking apples
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3  cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, at room temperature

Peel, core and slice apples. Place apple slices in a 10-by-6-inch baking dish.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium-sized bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, oats and butter or margarine. Sprinkl oat mixture evenly over apple slices. Bake 45 mintues or until apples are tender. Serve warm. Or refrigerate to serve cold later.

Makes 6 servings.

From “The New Good Housekeeping Cookbook”

I can’t leave well enough alone. So, I never follow a recipe exactly as written. Even a recipe for baking. I would, for example, add a little acidity to the dish by squeezing a bit of lemon juice on top of the apples. Or, I would add an extra texture by throwing in a handful of cranberries into the mix. I might even add a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or other warm spice and cut back a tablespoon or so of the sugar.

That’s the fun of cooking. No two dishes, even two made exactly as the recipe says, will be the same. The two cooks might use different types of apples. One could use butter instead of margarine. There is a different taste, though both are still wonderful.

The main thing is to share this beauty with friends or family. That’s how food helps connect us.


From → #CMC11

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: