Apple Crisp

Some good friends gifted us with a box of apples. Most of them will be turned into applesauce, but I couldn’t forgo an opportunity to make an apple baked something with fresh-from-the-orchard apples.

Rather than turn to my standby cookbook–ahem. google.–I pulled a real book of my shelf and flipped to the index. No need to look any further. Thanks, Gourmet.

A simple, yet slightly different take on apple crisp. This one sure won’t disappoint!

IMG_0801Apple Crisp

from Gourmet, with only very slight adjustments

You’ll need:

  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups pecans, toasted, then chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 pounds apples–the actual number will vary greatly based on the apples you use. Make sure to weigh them out!
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and butter a 9×13 dish.

2. Make the topping first. Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together. Add butter, and mix until the dough clumps. If you have a food processor-use it. It makes the process much easier!

3. Peel, core, and slice apples. You want slices about 1/2 inch thick.

4. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Toss apples in cinnamon sugar. Add lemon juice. Toss again.

5. Toast pecans for 7 minutes in preheated oven. Chop. Then add to topping, using your fingers to incorporate.

6. Pour apples in the bottom of the dish. Crumble topping over them.

7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until top is golden brown. Serve warm, with a dollop of whipped cream.


Quintessentially fall

When I lived in Mississippi, I really missed the changing of seasons, (namely, fall). In Mississippi, it goes from hot to cold, and then back to hot again, instead of the luxury of rhythmic seasonal change. This realization was much to my dismay, as I was under the impression that it was always warm in the South. Don’t buy into the hype. It’s lies. All lies. The winters get cold and the summers get really hot. And there is no such thing as easing into it. It just hits you all at once…BAM!

Anyway. Every fall, on their way to Texas, my grandparents would stop to visit me. And, without fail, they’d bring me a huge bag of apples. What screams fall more than a bag of apples straight from the orchard? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Unless you have caramel to dip them in. Then that might.

With this in mind, on this quintessentially fall day, my roommates and I set out to go see a local apple orchard.

Check out the cider press. Nifty, huh?

We wandered around the barn-turned-store, and sipped on apple cider slushies (yum!)

Then we wandered around the orchard and enjoyed the 60 degrees, the fall breeze and the sunshine. Perfect for jeans and boots and jackets. Yes!

There may have been some camera timer-using, group photo shoot-ing going on. I’ll share the evidence later 🙂

Until then…

Good bye, summer

Hello fall!

As much as I love summer and hate to see it go, I’m excited about all the uniqueness of fall that is coming my way. Maybe I can only say that because it feels so summery today (88 degrees, sunny, warm breeze..) Maybe if it were blustery and cold and cloudy, I wouldn’t be so excited to see fall heading my way.

After all, the summer has been great! Check out Posts I love to see all of summer’s adventures. I backpacked the AT, ran a half marathon, had a great 4th of July weekend, and went on an epic roadtrip to see the West coast. All this on top of surviving my first MasterWorks Festival.

But, bring on fall. I love:

  • cooler running temperatures
  • fall vegetables….squash and pumpkins
  • spice cake and cookies and bread and….
  • falling leaves and their beautiful colors
  • weekend camping trips
  • apples and the orchards that they come from
  • hot cider and cinnamon sugar donuts
  • hoodie sweatshirts
  • crisp breezes
  • bonfires

That said….bring it! I’m ready for a new season. A new selection of in-season produce. A new contingent of clothing (scarves? sweaters? jackets? anyone?)

What do you look forward to, now that it’s the first day of fall? What’s your favorite part of this season?