Welcome to the first recipe of my first official theme- apples! I’m so glad you’re here. There isn't a more fitting recipe to kick off this theme than my seasonal favorite: apple crisp. It's a beautifully simple dessert to that comes together in a snap. I'm not saying it's healthy (it is dessert), but if you're going to indulge this is a pretty great way to do it.
Growing up, my dad baked this every fall and to this day the combination of warmed cinnamon and nutmeg sends me riding a wave of nostalgia straight back into my parents’ kitchen. As my interest in cooking and baking grew, this was one of the first recipes I asked my dad for. He based his recipe off of an old Betty Crocker cookbook, which is classic and perfect. However, I like to tinker with recipes until they feel just right for me. With his recipe, I reduced the sugar, changed the type of sugar, and subbed out the white flour for whole wheat flour. In the past I’ve also subbed fresh blueberries and raspberries for the apples, which is a great option for a summer crumble.
So I encourage you to think about how you can make this your own. Use my recipe as a guideline and get creative. Think about what you might like to add, modify, or substitute and take some liberties. Maybe toss walnut pieces into the crumble or sub pears in place of the apples. If you don't keep butter around, try using olive oil or whatever oil you have at home. And don't fret if you don't have coconut sugar, you can use white sugar and a bit of molasses or brown sugar as an even substitute.
However you decide to dress this recipe up, I encourage you to find a way to make it exactly to your liking. After all, that’s what cooking and baking is all about. Using a formula and process but then getting creative to make what suits you. I know there might be some trepidatious readers out there and my hope is to show you that it’s ok to *not* follow the ingredient list line by line. Of course you’ll need flour, sugar, and fruit, but there are so many variables for you to explore. Have fun with it! Recipe serves 6.
4 medium honeycrisp apples, peeled and diced (4 cups)
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
vanilla bean frozen yogurt, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 375*F. Spray bottom and sides of 9 inch round pan with cooking spray. You can use a 8 inch square pan too, baking time will be the same.
Spread peeled, diced apples in prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients (except frozen yogurt) until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
Bake about 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with frozen yogurt.
recipe adapted from Terry Cullen and Betty Crocker