September 25, 2008

why i love living in the burbs:

cookbook + apples = apple crisp!

When we bought a house in the burbs two years ago, I REALLY REALLY missed living in San Francisco. It was extremely hard to not have access to all of the awesome restaurants, museums, shops, markets, and of course–my friends! It also was hard getting used to the fact that everything around here closes so damn early.

One of the many pros of living in the ‘burbs is that I have a neighbor who spends most of her day tending to her garden. She grows TONS of veggies & fruits and leaves us bags of her latest harvest in our side yard.

Yesterday I found a large bag filled with apples just waiting for me to pillage! What perfect timing…I was just pining over autumnal dessert recipes while resting on the couch!!!!

So last night I made an apple crisp for this week’s Project Runway get together!

I started with a recipe from The Joy of Cooking cookbook…then decided to add a oatmeal and walnuts to make it a little more hearty. The good part is that adding those ingredients made more topping- which to me is the BEST part 😉

Apple Crisp:
serves about 8 or 4 REALLY pregnant women

-8 large apples (peeled & chopped into 1 inch pieces)
-10 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 cup sugar (lessen amount if the apples are sweet)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash, peel & chop apples.
Line the bottom of an oven proof baking dish with them.



2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add cubes of butter and with a pastry cutter (two knives will work if you don’t have one), cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have chunky crumbs. Add the walnuts and coat them thoroughly with the mixture.

cut in that butter

3. Spread crumb mixture on top of apples. Put in the lower 1/3 of your oven and bake 50-55 minutes until crisp is brown and the apples are bubbling.

i added walnuts..

Take the crisp out of oven and let it rest for a bit. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Oh HOLY YUM!!

I even had some for breakfast this morning!

can't think of a better breakfast

Now get up and make some! You won’t regret it!

  • flo

    I have a basket of apples we picked off a random tree near my husband’s work.
    I was going to make apple crisp for a get-together, but at the last minute made Apple Blondies which I found the recipe for online (several blogs featured the same recipe which originally included brown sugar frosting). I made the blondies sans frosting, but I think it would be better with. They were delish by the way, but could have been more apple-y. Maybe something for you to perfect and share on the blog? *hint*

    As always, love the recipes and the photos!

  • Tracy

    flo- send me the recipe! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

  • Samantha

    Wow, I’d love a neighbor like that!! How fun! This crisp looks so good & perfect for fall!

  • Casey

    Best apple crisp topping ever. Next time make more for me.

  • Val

    so jealous : )

  • Amanda

    holla for the burbs!! haha sorry 🙂

  • tanja

    thanks for the inspiration! I’m making desserts this week!

  • Tracy

    samantha- it IS perfect for the fall!

    casey, honey- I’ll make you more soon!

    val- wish i could share! but girl…there was like BARELY any leftovers! 😉

    amanda- burbs rock…so does the city though!

    tanja- yer welcome! thanks for stopping buy! happy dessert week!

  • Laura GF

    Made this today and am I happy I did! I halved the recipe by eye, didn’t peel the apples and mistakenly threw the nuts in with the other dry ingredients before using the pastry blender and it was STILL delicious 😉 Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  • Danielle

    Oh my – I made this tonight. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  • Jacquie

    A slightly different version to the recipe I usually make so I’ll give it a try. Great idea and I like the addition of the walnuts for a bit of extra crunch. I’ve got a bag of apples just waiting.

  • Catherine

    I made this tonight and it was delicious. The topping was exactly what I always want but haven’t been able to manage with the last couple of recipes I’ve tried. This one’s going to be my go-to crisp recipe from now on.

  • Nicola

    I made this tonight and it was tasty! Thanks for the recipe, it even made it easy for my fiance to help out (he liked all the pictures) 🙂

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