Thursday, December 8, 2016

Apple Crisp two ways

I haven't posted in so long but lately I've been debating if I want to return to blogging or just stick with Facebook.   One of my friends was saying on facebook that he was craving apple crisp and I went looking for my post (I was sure I had blogged my apple crisp recipes before) but I guess that was done on my old blog that no longer exists.   I have a file with transcripts from that old blog, but unfortunately it is just text and none of the great pictures that accompanied those posts, many of which are photos of the kids that have subsequently been lost for good when my external hard drive crashed a few years ago.  I found the file, amazingly, and just had a fun time scrolling through posts to find the one I was looking for and enjoying the fun stories of my kids when they were little (so glad I took the time to blog them since I don't keep a diary or journal)  So, for my friend Bill, I return to blogging, at least for the time being, to post my two favorite easy apple crisp recipes.

Here is the blog post from 11 years ago (minus the photo, obviously)

This afternoon as I was sitting in the lazyboy watching a video and enjoying the quiet as Lydia napped, this paper floated down from behind me and into my lap, a "request" from Uncle Sam (aka. Stephen).    (missing photo was here)

Sorry I couldn't get the scan to be better.  It says "WE WANT YOU! to make a apple crisp! signed: Uncle Sam Ü "  With the typical Uncle Sam with his finger pointing directly at you.

Now how could I deny him?  I even went "all out" and used the "good recipe" usually reserved for a special person or occasion as it requires dipping into the "reserves" of our precious cake mixes (which can be bought here but they cost at least 3 or 4 times what they would in the states).  It is one of our favorite recipes though ... those of us with good tummies will enjoy it tonight.

"Special Friend" Apple Crisp

6 large apples  (I am using Fuji and Granny smith)
1 cup water
1 pkg. white or yellow cake mix
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter

Peel, core and slice the apples.  Arrange in a 9x13 pan.  Pour water on top.  In another bowl, mix cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.  Combine well and dump on top of the apples.  Don't stir!  Bake at 250 degrees for 50 - 55 minutes.

When I don't have a cake mix to use, this is the recipe I fall back on.  As you can tell, both of my favorite recipes are ones that don't call for oats in the crumb topping.  I don't have anything against oats (although I hate oatmeal), I would just rather have them baked into a cookie or a loaf of bread.

Flash Gordon Quick Apple Crisp

4-5 apples
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup melted butter

Peel, core and slice apples.  Place in a 9" pie pan.
In a separate bowl mix sugar, flour, salt, spice. Add melted butter.  Mix well then crumble over the apples.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.