This week I bought a big bag of organic gala apples, with the intent of baking a few things with them. So far, I’ve only made one thing twice! It’s Mom’s Apple Crisp with a couple of my own twists thrown in. My mom taught me almost everything I know about baking, so I actually owe this entire recipe to her. I can’t really even claim the twists. 🙂
Actually, come to think of it, the crisp is very timely, because it’s super October-y, and my mom’s birthday is October 11 – just perfect!!
Okay, so, the two crisps. I gave the first one to my friend, Ruth, and the second I made for a girl’s night with Melanie. This recipe, again, is a small one, for about 2 people. Because usually there are only about two of us eating it, unless it’s a party! Aaaand baking a 9×13 dish of dessert means I will be eating way too much of it over the course of the week’s worth of leftovers. My discipline is just not that intense when it comes to food.
The good thing is, this stuff is like candy, but because it contains apples and oatmeal, you can justify eating more than one helping if you are so inclined. 😉
Apple Cranberry Cardamom Crisp
makes 4 servings
For the filling:
about 1/2 cup of cranberries
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamom (I am tempted to put more in next time, but this is a good starting place until you decide if you like it.)
1/8 tsp salt
dash of allspice
a squeeze of lemon
Peel and core the apples. Mom always made it a game to see who could make the longs peel curl. I can’t peel an apple without trying to make the longest curl to this day.
Chop the apples finely, and toss in the cranberries.
Toss the lemon, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and allspice with the apples and cranberries, and put them in about a 6″x6″ baking dish.
For the topping:
1/4 cup Quaker oats
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp white sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbsp cold butter
Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 30 – 35 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for about 20 minutes before serving up with vanilla or caramel ice-cream.
Share it with your friends or your hubs or just make it for a fall treat for yourself! This is October in a bowl. I love October. I love my mom.
Happy Birthday, Mom! Thank you for teaching me everything I know about the kitchen and the delicious things that can come out of it. I wish I could share the third crisp of the week with you on Sunday! Have a fantastic day in Montana. 🙂 Love you.