FALL IS COMING!!

a8Well it’s my favourite time of year…Autumn, Fall, take your pick. Here is a list of my favourite things that I look forward to.

The smell of the forest and damp leaves.

The changing colour of leaves.

All the new crop apples.

The cool mornings and evenings, but the warmth during the day.

Sweaters,(lots of sweaters), scarves, boots, jeans.

Reading a book with a warm wrap and a cup of tea or a latte.

Comfort food…yum.

Well here is one of my favourite recipes that I make as a dessert, APPLE CRISP.

When I was back visiting my parents in August, we were picking apples from their tree and slicing and freezing them for the coming winter.

My mom has this nifty apple slicer that she picked up.  it’s brilliant, because it peels, cores and slices. So easy :).   When I was home and peeled my apples I did it by hand.  Oh well.

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The photos give you the idea, albeit not the best.  it has a handle and its quite easy. You end up with a spiral and then you cut it down the sides and end up with slices. Pretty convenient, especially for my mom who still puts away food for the winter like she is feeding a family of 10 ha ha.

So for my recipe I used Royal Gala Apples. I actually prefer McIntosh apples but couldn’t find any, go figure.

So numbers will vary depending on how big your apples are and how big a casserole dish you are using.  Speaking of my mom canning for a family of ten…I still haven’t managed the concept of cooking for 2 so we end up eating the same dessert for a few days. Oh darn 🙂

THE BASE:

8 large Royal Gala Apples

1 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 cup of granulated white sugar (optional if using tart apples)

Wash, peel, core and slice thin. If you slice them too thick I find it takes too long for them to cook down and get mushy.

When you have the desired amount of sliced apples in your casserole, dust them the cinnamon and mix up, but then lay the apples flat again so that you don’t have huge gaps but instead a nice firm base of apples.

THE TOPPING:

3/4 cup of oatmeal

3/4 cup of all purpose flour (or Gluten free all purpose flour)

3/4 cup of packed brown sugar

3/4 cup of cold margarine

Use a pastry blender to cut up the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and margarine well incorporated and margarine is in pea size pieces.

Place the topping on top of the sliced apples and pat it down to form a crust. I try to cover up all the apples so that it seals all the juices in.

Bake at 350 F for approximately 45min to 1 hour until you can hear the juices bubbling and the top is golden brown.

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Let cool a bit and then serve alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Delicious! Enjoy the first taste of a long line of comfort foods 🙂

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LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

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