When it comes to fall, I try to soak up everything I can. This is the start of the best time of the year! First we get the chill of fall air, that totally does have a different smell, and the trees that constantly change their appearance. Soon after, we get candy, and then turkey, and then presents! (Snow comes some where in there, it depends on the year) Before we know it, it will already be spring, and gone will be everything spooky and merry.
So, I've decided to try something I'm calling "Blogtober". This will serve as a (hopefully) daily blog for the entire month of October. As you can see, it is the second of October, so I'm not off to the best start, but I am giving the rest of the month a try. Let's see how this goes...
What better way to start off the month than with a yummy fall recipe? That's why I created a recipe for my Apple Crisp to fill your fall fancy. And, in advance, if you try this out, I would love to hear about it!
This recipe is one I actually created only a little over a month ago. It was one of the first chilly days of the season, and I was totally feeling my fall spirit rise up into me. I had just bought a big bag of apples from the grocery store, and I knew I wanted to make something from it. After completing this yummy dish, your house will smell amazing, and will be perfect to consume while watching a festive movie.
(My version of) Apple Crisp
This recipe is a work in progress, and came to be as I was watching Harry Potter and wanted to make a dessert to match the mood. I used the ingredients I had in my apartment, and thus, my makeshift apple crisp was born.
8-10 Apples (I recommend honey crisp!)
3/4 C (1.5 sticks) Butter
1 1/2 C Sugar (use brown if you'd like, I didn't have any)
1 1/2 C Flour
3/4 C Oats
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Cinnamon (Nutmeg would work well with this too!)
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
Sprinkle of salt
Start by peeling and slicing your apples. I sliced them in long thin slices, but chopping them would work fine too. After that, I throw those into a medium saucepan with 1-2 Tbsp of the butter. Just enough to coat all the apples, depending how many you used! I put that on a medium/low setting. After the butter melts and has coated all of the apples, I add 1/4-1/2 cup of your sugar, the cinnamon, and the vanilla. Mix continuously. (try to remember that I have never really made a recipe in my life, and this is all ballpark!!!but also remember this turned out amazing too!)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, take the rest of your butter (try to get it a little teensy bit colder than room temp.) and sugar into a medium mixing bowl and cream together. After combined, add about half of your flour, and the baking powder. Mix until you get a dough-like consistency. This will be your crust.
At this point, take your apples off of the heat and place in the fridge to (somewhat) cool. Divide your dough mixture in half. In a greased 9x13, or for thicker crust, a smaller pan, press one of your dough halves into the bottom. Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly golden on top.
After taking out of the oven, let sit for a few minutes while we make the crust! Go back to your second dough mixture, and add the oats, the rest of your flour, and salt. Crumble together, and if too dry, add a splash of milk or water. Take your apple mixture from the fridge and pour on top of your crust. Crumble your oat mixture over top of the apples until it covers the whole pan. If desired, add cinnamon on top! Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. After this you're done. Enjoy!
Let me know if you give my attempt at a recipe a try. And if you're a kitchen master, (Grandma Weberg I'm talking to you) Let me know what would work better in the recipe!
As you can assume, I have a whole big month of blog posts ahead of me. I would love to hear what you would like me to write about.
Sincerely, a baker (me)
ps, your required Oscar picture.