Thursday, September 13, 2012

The-Best-Ever Apple Crisp

Today's recipe is from Mrs. Chard's Almanac Cookbook
Hollyhocks & Radishes by Bonnie Stewart Mickelson



This unusual and delightful cookbook has made quite a few appearances here in my letters:

Onion rings, garlic roasted potatoes, corn-apple hotcakes, and blink-of-an-eye rhubarb pie.

Today's recipe is called

The-Best-Ever Apple Crisp

The note on the page says,
It seems like a pretty grand statement to call this the best ever, but after tasting lots of them, it's true!

4 cups thickly sliced apples (pared or unpared)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup water
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Spread apples in a buttered, shallow 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Combine lemon juice and water, and pour over apples.
Spinkle generously with cinnamon and lightly with nutmeg.


3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter

Work together above ingredients with fingers or pastry blender until crumbly.
Spread over apples.


Bake 50-60 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is crisply browned.


Serve warm with cream or ice cream.



My notes:
I didn't peel the apples.
1 1/2 quart pan is equal to an 8 x 8.
I used all white sugar.
I topped with whipped cream.

Now the big question. Would I call this 'the best ever?' It is certainly delicious, but I don't think I could ever rate such a perfect, perfect end-of-summer-into-fall dessert. I've posted a few recipes here on the blog, and each of them is great. I say, make them all!

Apple Crisp
Cranberry Apple Crisp
Apple Brown Betty (sometimes known as Apple Crisp)
Apple Buckle (which could be called Apple Crisp)

There are many other apple desserts if you look under Recipes (under the banner photo), then Fruit Desserts. Apples are the stars this time of year.

41 comments:

  1. This does look amazing, I can almost taste it.
    Ann

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  2. I also love this cookbook - I also highly recommend the fresh berry berry pie - really yummy :) - Rebecca

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    1. Oh, I just looked up the recipe. It sounds SO good!

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  3. I have this cookbook too and it is one of my favorites got it on vacation in Michigan. I love this apple crisp.

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    1. Isn't it a dear cookbook. So much fun to read.

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  4. I wish I was your neighbor, as I'd be over for a piece this --looks and sounds yummy.

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    1. We did share with our neighbors down the road (Matt and Margaret!). They loved it. Would have enjoyed your company.

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  5. Oh dear, you would post this when I'm truly getting serious about dieting, which means cutting out desserts for now. I will remember this, however!

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  6. This may not be the best ever apple crisp, but it sure looks good to me, Nan.

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  7. For two years we tried to grow rhubarb. It’s didn’t like our zone. I’ve always been able to purchase it at the farmers market till this year. He doesn’t have a source. I’ve looked for frozen without any luck. I miss it. This recipe looks so simple and has me craving even a dumb old apple pie with cheese.

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    1. Here's some rhubarb growing info:

      http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/growing

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    2. Nan, You were so nice to take the time for searching out the link. After midnight trips out to the garden with ice bags we recognized growing rhubarb as a lost cause. The plan is to build a greenhouse and try again. Not to worry, I make a killer apple/cranberry crisp. Happy weekend.

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  8. Oh WOW, I have this book (used to sell it at my store Heart's Ease) and I LOVE IT. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe.

    All joys to you and thanks for this!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  9. We don't eat much dessert these days, but I do make fruit crisps, using sugar substitute and it turns out good...this is pretty much like my recipe, but I mix cinnamon and nutmeg in with the apples and then also in with the topping mixture.

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    1. Sorry about not much dessert. :<( If it is because of diabetes, I've heard that honey is alright.

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  10. A lovely book....My mother's apple crisp was the very best, but I don't have her exact recipe. Still, I can keep trying!

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    1. You might try some of the others I noted. They're all just a bit different. And all good!
      This is how I feel about my mother's egg salad. I can't duplicate it - just can taste it in my memory.

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  11. Love the sound of that recipe, Nan, it sounds like a crunchy version of Apple Crumble. I don't like cinnamon so I'll miss that out though and I'm going to pick some apples right now! They've not done very well this year but then the UK has been so wet this summer.

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    1. Someday I should do a post on all the different names. They are so interesting! Lucky to have your own apples.

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  12. Hi Nan, I can't see you on Good Reads anymore - have you deleted your account?

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    1. Yes, I did. I enjoyed it, but honestly was spending too much time reading about books, and listing my books. I feel like I'm already on the computer enough with writing a blog, and reading and commenting on others. I had to let it go. Thanks for asking.

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  13. It's time for bed, and this post is making me drool. I do love apple crisp! I love it when the crisp on Apple Crisp is crispy.

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    1. If I lived closer, I would have stopped over with a midnight snack for you!

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  14. The apples in your header look delicious, as does this crisp. It's definitely time to start enjoying some apple desserts, isn't it? We're trying not to eat too many sweets these days, but perhaps if we have a healthy salad for dinner, we can have this for dessert? I know my hubby wouldn't argue! ;)

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  15. Ooops. Forgot to ask. What variety of apple did you use for this?

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  16. Oh, YUM! Love the previous post's deer photos too, and that apple photo in your header is making me drool. Off to get a bowlful right now!

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  17. I have never met an apple crisp I didn't like. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  18. You know what I love about this dessert? There is not crust, so the temptation to eat it ALL is removed. What you get is just pure appleness. Thank you for reminding me. I'm going to check my recipies and see if they all have that lemon, I think it might just be the secret.
    xx
    julie

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    1. I really prefer crunchy fruit desserts to pies. I think the lemon keeps the apples from turning brown as you put the crisp together.

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  19. I made this for dessert tonight. It was delicious and Rod loved it! I may cut the sugar just a tad next time around, though. It was almost too sweet for my taste.

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    1. I wonder if it might depend on the variety of apple used. Some are sweeter than others, I think.

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    2. It was the topping that was too sweet, although I just had some (yes, we had leftovers!) and it wasn't as sweet, but I didn't have the ice cream this time around. :)

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    3. I wonder if you might like today's Apple Brown Betty?

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