Elizabeth’s apple tree showing off
It was a late summer day, one that had a light humid rain, matching the humidity in the air. Not a great “hair” day. My friend, Elizabeth had offered her apple tree to me, so my husband and I set out to go apple picking.
We arrived to find the tree heavy laden with apples, and a skirt of red on the ground around her as well. Some of the fallen apples were good, and so we sorted through to find some of the better ones. I sampled one, right off, and it was crisp, juicy lightly sweet and tart at the same time. Superb. I had forgotten to ask her precisely what type of apple this was, but whatever the name, it would be perfect for baking.
We loaded up two bags, and carted them over to Jen’s place, where we would have an apple baking feast!
When we arrived, the necessary candle was lit, dinner was in process and it smelled divine!
We washed the apples and placed them on display, such natural color and beauty.
Chris peeled, I peeled, Jen cut and cored. Nala and Buffy watched.
Then, our son arrived and we left the apples to sit while we ate dinner together and enjoyed each others company.
After, we got the dessert going, our own version of apple crisp! This is something Jen’s Great-Grandmother and my Grandmother used to make and I loved. I’ve honed it a bit through the years to include tons of apples, a bit less sugar and topping but including lots of total deliciousness!
So here goes!
Nothing better than a basket full of fresh picked apples and a kitty peeking in the background!
Recipe for Apple Crisp
20 cups tart or mixture of tart and all purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar mixed together in a small bowl (If sweeter apples, use less sugar).
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated (optional) nutmeg
2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup dry regular oatmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees F
2. Place the cored and sliced apples in a 9 X 13 inch pan. Mix together half the sugar mixture, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle all over the apples. Pour the water evenly over the entire mixture. The apples will be mounded sky high. Don’t worry, they do shrink up. But it is recommended to put the baking dish on a cookie sheet that’s larger than that dish.
This is the apples, sugar, and spice mixture
3. Combine the oats, 1/2 cup flour, the rest of the sugar mix, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter. Mix together and crumble over the apples.
This is the unbaked finished product
4. Bake at 385 degrees F for about 100 minutes. (Leave in longer if necessary).
For help for choosing the perfect apples, click on the link: http://www.apple-works.com/perfect.html