Sunday, October 25, 2009

An Apple a Day

There's absolutely no question that fall has arrived in Canada. The colours are spectacular and the photo opportunities are second to none. Although I'd love to take credit for these photos, I really can't. My friend "S" took them - she really has the photographic eye but I really had to share them with you. Tell me this isn't an incredible site to see.

Today was another fun day in the apple orchards. We probably have just one more good week of apple picking - most orchards close around Halloween but we found the apples really plentiful today - especially the Spy apples, known to be exceptional pie apples. While there, I also picked up a book called "An Apple A Day" written by a local cookbook author - Susan Smith. What a find!!!

Published in 1951 I couldn't even find it on the internet to give due credit to the author. It was amusing to find an author's tip that suggested using nylons as a great sieve to make apple juice with. No disrespect intended but does anybody actually really do that anymore?

Since I have this overabundance of apples, I thought I'd work my way through her book and try out some of her recipes. Here's an easy oldie but always a welcome dessert.

Apple Crisp

4 cups sliced, peeled tart apples (about 4 medium - I used Cortland apples)
2/3 - 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats (quick cooking)
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease square pan 8"x8"x2". Place apple slices in pan. Mix remaining ingredients thoroughly. Sprinkle over apples.

Bake 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Serve warm alone or with light cream or ice cream.

6 servings

Here's my learning: An apple is not just an apple. As with most things, if you have the right tool to do the job, the outcome is generally more favourable. The cortland apple was the perfect match for this dessert. I've made many apple crisps but this one is by far the tastiest ever. StumbleUpon


That Girl said...

I love autumn pictures!

theUngourmet said...

I love the first two photos! How fun and pretty!

Your apple crisp also sounds scrumptious! I love fall! :D

Hopie said...

Wow those gourds are beautiful! I love apples and always miss apple picking when I'm spending fall in the city!

grace said...

mmm, the cortland is an excellent apple for a crisp, i agree! if nothing else, at least new york has an awesome apple crop. :)

kat said...

Apple crisp is always a favorite in our house too

Fitness Foodie said...

Fall crisps are so comforting.

Unknown said...

Apple Crisp is the best. Thanks for this great recipe.

The Healthy Apple said...

Oooo I love apple crisp...this is the perfect time of the year to create this dish...what beautiful gourd pictures..very pretty.I'm excited to meet you in San Fran at Foodbuzz. Have a great day!

kellypea said...

Apple crisp will always be a favorite. Gorgeous photo of all the lovely gourds!

Mini Baker said...

just found your blog, and I'm so excited I did! And I LOVE that you're a non-profit organization! That's so awesome!
This apple crisp looks delish!
I'll be checking back often :)
--Mini Baker

Lori Lynn said...

Her photo with the buggy is fabulous.