Monday, October 22, 2007

Battle of the (Apple) Crisps

When Mr. Snowgoose was here a few weeks ago, we went apple picking and filled my fridge with apples (note: store apples in the fridge in a crisper, not on the counter as they contain a chemical that causes fruit to ripen faster when paired with nature's laxative). Slowly I've been using them: an apple cobbler here, an apple-bacon salad there, and of course eating them like there's no tomorrow.

The bag from the apple orchard contained several helpful apple recipes, including one for an apple crisp:

"Peel and slice 4-5 apples into a baking dish. Sprinkle a crumb topping of 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream."

It seemed easy enough, so I started whipping it together, only I decided to be daring and use 1/4 cup white flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, and 1/4 cup brown sugar instead.



So into the oven it went. It came out looking like this:


It was like warm apples and some sugar, not so much a crisp. I felt like it was missing something, and I was right: oatmeal.

I found another recipe for an apple crisp. This one comes from Betty Crocker who knows her crisps. In fact, on the Better Crocker website the recipe was given 4 1/2 stars.

Here is her recipe:

Ingridients
4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Cream or Ice cream, if desired


1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
2. Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.




3. Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream

I had Amy over for dinner last Thursday (leftover veggie lasagna and squash soup) and the fantastic hostess that I am, put her to work creating Apple Crisp #2.

It turned out very delicious and was even better than Crisp #1. It had to be the oats.

But lowfat caramel/ vanilla frozen yogurt didn't hurt either.

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