Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Apple Crisp


This is the very first apple crisp I ever made, from one of my very first, and much loved, cookbooks: The Tassajara Bread Book. There's another recipe from this cookbook here. Sooty made a good book stand as I snapped the picture.







Apple Crisp

Peel (if desired), core, and slice apples enough to fill the bottom of a 9x13 greased pan.
Sprinkle with the juice of one lemon.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Mix together 1 cup flour and 3/4 cup sugar (calls for brown, but I just use sugar in the raw).
Cut in 1/2 cup soft butter.
Sprinkle this mixture on apples.

Bake in preheated 375º F. oven for about 45 minutes.
You may serve plain or with whipped cream or ice cream.
Such a simple little dish, but so very delicious and just the ticket for the first full day of autumn.

29 comments:

  1. Mmmm! I was thinking of making an apple pie today, but this looks delicious (and is a little less time consuming)... so apple crisp it is!

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  2. Sooty doesn't look exactly thrilled to be used as a book prop. What a sweet tempered cat.

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  3. Apple crisp is an all-time favorite! Everybody should make one right now! Love your bookstand idea--never heard of doing that before (and not all cats would sit still for it).

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  4. JoAnn, I love these kinds of desserts much more than pie. I used to think I should learn how to make pie crust but then I realized that I don't really like pie - just what is inside. :<)

    Lisa, nothing ever fazes this cat! He is really amazing. 16 this month!

    Mary Lois, no they wouldn't, and as I said to Lisa, he is amazing. Maybe that's the secret to his active old age - he is unflappable in all situations.

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  5. Perfect! I have apples in the fridge and was thinking of what to do with them that would make the kitchen smell like autumn on this chilly day.

    By the way, that cookbook is something else we have in common--although mine looks a lot more beat than yours...

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  6. In the UK they'd call that a "crumble" so Apple crumble
    I must admit it sounds yummy and it's making me hungry.
    We've been making your brownies and also Banana bread an old recipe from the farmer's weekly magazine cookbook...I have to pass this comment on I wrote it down on the back of the brownie recipe card straight away so I wouldn't forget it..in the context of a discussion about trying new recipes..Oldest D (said with a very emphatic tone) "You can never get enough of SOME peoples' recipes, Nan's are excellent!"
    Thought it might make you smile.

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  7. Clair, my son and his fiancée were up and most of that crisp is gone. ;<) I just bought more apples today. It probably depends what page of the T. cookbook you look at. :<)

    Val, I'm going to do a blog entry soon on all the different names for apple desserts, and maybe even bake my way through them! Your daughters are my biggest fans! Wish we lived much closer.

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  8. Yummy - I want some, that looks soooo good! And what a beautiful cat Mr. Sooty is - he has that look of whatever on his face - like Mom I put up with you 'cause I love you lol

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  9. me too, Nan ... that's one of my favorite cookbooks and The Tassajara Recipe Book. I met him a few years ago at Green Gulch. Have you seen this lovely CD he made?

    http://jishozen.blogspot.com/2009/03/cucumbers-radishes-and-zen-masters.html

    and your reminder about apple crisp comes at just the right time. I have some new McIntosh apples that weren't quite ripe and a tad sour ... voila ... apple crisp tonight

    thanks a bunch

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  10. Oooo, this looks fabulous! I need to give this a try as someone just gave me a bag full of apples the other day. Yum!

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  11. I could eat apple crisp for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Which type of apple do you prefer to use in this recipe?

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  12. I have to make this recipe this weekend. It looks so yummy and the recipe doesn't sound complicated... I should be able to do this!! LOL!!

    What kind of apples did you use? Does it matter?

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  13. Yum. Double Yum. I was just looking at the apples in the store, wondering if it was time. Your recipe and picture proves that it is! thanks - I'll be making it thsi weekend. Yum. And kudos to your cat, my cat won't even let a book come near to touching her.

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  14. Looks delicious. And only a cat can look so elegantly annoyed no matter what its situation!

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  15. Holy Cow, just a heads up - went to edit my blog, this new thing came up on blogger that said it was their new edit thing - I clicked away from it because I really don't want to learn anything new this late at night - and it ate my blog. All the links, blogrolls, all of it, gone. I have no back-up. Be careful customizing, everyone.

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  16. Looks yummy Nan! I am making apple crisp tonight for our trip to VA mountains tomorrow.

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  17. I'm surrounded by apples, so this is a brilliant idea. Love the top photo.

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  18. The sweetest taste of autumn!

    What a patient book holder, so nice.

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  19. Oh, yum. Printing this one, thanks. Cats are so funny about letting you plunk things on top of their fur bodies, aren't they?

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  20. Yummy!! My family loves apple crisp. Our apple trees did poorly this year but I was able to pick a few. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  21. Sometimes I think I should just do a food blog! I love all your comments. Sooty is indeed a rare cat. As far as the kind of apples, I'm not even sure. I just picked up a bag in the co-op from a local apple farm. The ones I bought yesterday said Macs so maybe the first ones were too. I don't think it matters a bit what kind of apples. I've never paid attention. They all taste good. :<) Janice, I'll check it out, thanks! Susan, your blog looks fine on my computer!

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  22. What a wonderful response to the recipe. I too have that book, treasured over the years as it was hard to get over here in the U.K.
    I love apple crumble, far nicer than the pie, I agree.

    Carole

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  23. P.S I do like your way of measuring, with cups, so much easier than ours, which involves getting out scales every time one follows a recipe.
    Carole

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  24. Wow..looks so good...and that beautiful sky. I have sky envy for sure !

    Sooty is adorable....

    Kary

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  25. Carole, I'm amazed you have that cookbook. And measuring cups - I love there are the differences in countries. Really.

    Kary, My Soot thanks you!

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  26. My favourite dessert - and you make it without oatmeal just like I do. Top with French Vanilla ice-cream - oh. my!

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  27. Island Sparrow, this one does have oats!

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2007/10/joy-of-baking-cranberry-apple-crisp.html

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  28. Yummy! Thanks for sharing this easy to do recipe. I just tried it last weekend and my kids loved it while watching our favorite TV program. I served it with double dutch, their favorite ice cream, and it's a blockbuster.

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  29. Ces - thanks for taking the time to come by and let me know. I'm delighted that you all enjoyed it. When I clicked your webpage all that came up was a page with an apple crisp recipe on it??

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