Growing up in South Central Pennsylvania, apple orchards are plentiful. From golden delicious to red chief, I can name at least a dozen types of apples off the top of my head. I can tell you when different types are in season and which are the best for baking and cooking. Sometimes, I consider myself an expert on all things apples, even though I have never lived on an orchard. I am a baker, though, and my oven (and stomach) appreciates a freshly baked apple treat. [Read more…] about Apple Crumb Muffin Recipe- Pure Bliss!
The old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Since the main ingredient in this crisp recipe is apple, this is a healthier dessert than the typical cake, pie, or cookie. The truth is that the health advantages of apples are great. They prevent different kinds of cancer, lower cholesterol, help you maintain a healthy metabolism, and assist in diabetes management.
Likewise, cranberries offer a number of their own health benefits. As a superfood, cranberries are packed with Vitamin C and fiber. They help to inhibit the growth of oral, colon, breast, and prostate cancer cells, and the berries contain protective, disease-fighting compounds that act as antioxidants in the body. [Read more…] about Cran-Apple Crisp Recipe
Hey, Apple! Yes, you… You red, round, delicious thing. You’re going to have to take a back seat for a moment. That’s right, I said it, you need to take the back seat. Why? Because I’m about to fill the room with the delectable aroma of Banana Bread. Yep, the banana is in the spotlight today. Nothing quite fills the home with a more inviting sense of warmth and coziness quite like banana bread… and it is also one of the easiest baked goods to make from scratch. [Read more…] about Goodbye Apple Crisp, Hello Banana Bread!
I’ve taken an apple crisp recipe we’ve had success with in the past and made some tweaks to it. We’ve discovered that, since apple “types” vary greatly in terms of tartness or sweetness, you’ve really got to match your brown sugar quantities with how sweet or tart your apple type is. This time, we’re using fresh Honey Crisp apples we just bought from Browns Orchard near York, PA. They, in my opinion, are kind of a cross between Granny Smiths and Delicious apples. I’m not too big on the Delicious variety (too sweet for me), but I love Granny Smith. These Honey Crisp are a great match, though more on the sweet than tart side. I enjoy having a new twist to the “normal” apples around the house! [Read more…] about Apple Crisp Recipe – New & Improved! With Honey Crisp Apples
I posted recently about the flop Apple Crisp my husband and I had when we used Gala Apples in our Apple Crisp. The apples were tough and dry and overall it was just very disappointing. We happen to like Apple Crisp enough that we were not about to give up (after all, we’ve made yummy ones in the past), but we decided we’d better try with some different apples.
Macintosh apples, now those are good baking apples! I have heard many times that they are good for baking and not so much for eating. So, when my sons and I went to the orchard last week we went directly for the Macintosh apples. I like to go to Shaw Orchards which is only a few minutes from our house. There is another orchard a bit closer, however, I am not nearly as fond of them with all their fruit flys flying around my face. [Read more…] about Apple Crisp retried with Macintosh apples
My husband and two older boys went out visiting some folks we know this morning and then made a little visit to the market. The Markets at Shrewsbury have some great little shops. I actually sell some items at the Pretty Pickins stand so of course I’m a little partial to that particular spot.
My husband, on the other hand, really likes the Stoltzfus Bakery. They have really yummy pies, cookies, and just about anything else you can think of. My husband (okay, me too – but don’t tell anyone!) really likes the Strawberry Cheesecake! It’s nice because you can go there and buy a full, half or even a quarter cheesecake. That makes it a little more reasonable on the diet you know!
Today when “the boys” went to the bakery the gentleman who owns it gave them some extra little goodies to bring home. We thought at first that it was some slices of peach pie. After trying it though, I’m thinking maybe it’s made with apricots. I’ve never heard of apricot pie though. The “peaches” were just too dark for peaches and the taste and texture just wasn’t right for peach. The only thing I could come up with apricot. Now don’t get me wrong, just because I don’t know what it was, that certainly doesn’t mean we didn’t enjoy it. It was very yummy! Those people know how to make their pies!
Trying that pie makes me think about how often we make assumptions based on the first glance at something. First glance said that pie was peach so that’s what my taste buds expected. First glance at an article of clothing is often a deciding factor on whether we’re going to give it a chance for trying it on or just going to keep going. Sometimes the first glance at a website is the determining factor for whether we’ll surf through the various pages the site has to offer. We determine so much based on the first little glance we give it.
There is a website I know of that may not seem like much on the first glance but it has a lot of really neat stuff to check out. It’s The Home Automation Store. The site isn’t very fancy but the X10 products that they offer will make your home appear very fancy. With their various gadgets like wireless remotes to control your homes lights and X10 Switches that allow you dim lights that don’t normally dim, these gadgets are great for moving your home decor up a notch! This site might not be real fancy, but the products it provides for your home make you look fancy!
I’m going to have to head to the market soon myself. While I’m there, I’m going to try to find out what kind of pie that was. It wasn’t what it seemed and now I need to find out what it was for real! I guess it never hurts to delve into things just a little deeper and see what they’re really all about.
It seems only right that a blog entitled “Apple Crisp” should have at least one recipe for apple crisp. There are a whole lot of them out there–in 0.15 seconds, Google gave me 162,000 results for apple crisp recipes. That’s a lot of apples! With such a resource for inspiration, it shouldn’t be hard to find some way to use the overabundance of apples from the fall activities and the buy-’em-by-the-bag deals at the grocery store.
Christmas and the flurry of gift-giving holidays is now behind us, but birthdays just keep coming, and Mother’s Day will be here, before you know it. Don’t forget, there will always be dinner parties, for which you need hostess gifts, and there are always people that need a little something to encourage them. I found the following recipe on CDKitchen.com, for making an apple crisp gift mix. This recipe instructs you to mix together everything but the pie filling, but, unless you’re confident that the mix will be continuously refrigerated and baked up fairly soon, you probably want to also hold off on the butter/margarine–let the gift recipient add that one, when he or she is ready to bake.
- 2 cans apple pie filling
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup chilled butter or margarine
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Combine all ingredients except pie filling cans and seal in ziploc or vacuum seal bag (or jar).
To give as a gift, place cans of apple pie filling in a gift basket with the mix. Add pretty potholders and a wooden spoon.
To serve, spread apple pie filling in a lightly-greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle topping over the apples.
Bake in a 400 F oven for 19 to 21 minutes or until filling bubbles and topping is golden brown. Serve warm.
I already mentioned holding off on the butter or margarine so it doesn’t turn rancid before the recipient of your gift gets around to baking. Also, when you’re putting everything into the gift basket, tin, bucket, 13×9-inch baking dish, or whatever you decide to use, remember to include the instructions for baking . . . . Seems like an obvious thing, but it’s the sort of thing I can see myself completely forgetting.
There is a delight in giving, and I’ve always thought that this kind of gift has a special novelty to it. It’s great to get baked goods, but it’s even nicer when you don’t have to eat them right away to have them fresh. Nice thing about this recipe is that there’s very little assembly involved for the recipient, so it’s not as though you’re dooming him or her to hours of drudgery in the kitchen. With all the possibilities for items to include with the recipe and its parts, you can have a grand time pulling together a get-well gift or a welcome-to-the-neighborhood. Have fun!
My 4 1/2year old has suddenly decided that he likes Apple Crisp. Not only does he like it, he “loves” it! He can be so funny. Sometimes it takes a little bit of coaxing to try new things but once he does he usually finds that he likes things. With the apple crisp he wasn’t too sure about it because it has nuts in it (that gives anything a bad vote in his book) but as soon as he tried it he declared I was “a good cooker.” I’ll take that!
As a mom, I always want my children to like the food I make, especially the healthy stuff, and I want them to eat it up so I don’t have to put away leftovers or throw any food away. I tend to be a stickler about them cleaning up their plate or no dessert and all that. Well, the last time I made Apple Crisp I was wishing I didn’t always encourage the kids to eat quite like that. My oldest ate his meal so he was allowed to have dessert, apple crisp. He ate his ration of crisp and asked for some more. Okay, we gave him some more. He gobbled that up and asked for even more! Yikes! Between him and my husband I had to make sure I jumped in there and got mine before they ate it all! I think from now on I’m going to have to start doubling if not tripling the recipe!
Pulling an apple crisp, or an apple pie for that matter, out of the oven around here is like hitting the button on a Slimline Light Switch to turn out a light. Pull it out of the oven and it’s gone in the blink of an eye, before it even has time to cool! I could probably install an EagleEye Motion Sensor, and it wouldn’t even have time to sound an alarm before the food was all gone.
I’m interested to see how pumpkin pie is going to go. My oldest son went to Swamp Fox Farm recently on a preschool field trip and picked out a pumpkin. When I asked him what he wanted to do with his pumpkin he declared right away that he wants pumpkin pie. (I’m really glad he said that over cutting it up for a jack 0 lantern. It’s much more practical.)
Thus far we have managed to cut up the pumpkin (not an easy task!), roast the seeds, boil the pumpkin and stick it in the blender. I haven’t actually gotten around to making the pie. In fact, I finally put the pumpkin mush in the freezer until I can get around to it. I like pumpkin pie, I just haven’t been in the mood to make it yet. We’ll have to see if the pie will disappear as fast as the apple crisp. I have a feeling it’ll be gone pretty quickly as well. Maybe not quite as fast, but it probably won’t be sticking around to get old!
” . . . a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.” Most of us have at least heard Frank Loesser’s song, part of the Broadway version of Guys and Dolls, but have you ever wondered how much a bushel is? or how much a peck?
Neither unit of measure is included in standard elementary education, but both show up at the orchards and in some markets, most notably, where apples are concerned. They are units of dry measure. The bushel is equivalent to about eight gallons, and the peck is one fourth of a bushel (which makes it somewhere around two gallons)–dry measure only, mind you. We’re talking about nice and temperate quantities, here, not excessive, but not skimpy, either. Sort of puts the sentiment of the song into perspective, doesn’t it?
Apples are pretty common elements in songs and writings pertaining to love and romance and have been , dating back to the years before Christ. Consider the following:
For starters, look at Frank Loesser’s lyrics for our title song–”I love you, a bushel and a peck.” In reality, the song says absolutely nothing about apples, but it’s the one that got me thinking, so I’m including it, anyway.
“Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me . . . .” Written by Lew Brown, Charles Tobias, and Sam H. Stept, this song shortly followed the attack on Pearl Harbor. Glenn Miller recorded the song with his orchestra–one of many songs to cheer the soldiers overseas at war, reminding them of the sweethearts waiting for them at home.
In Greek mythology, Hippomenes used apples to win Atlanta’s hand. The only way to have her to be his wife was to win a foot race with her. As fast as she was, no man stood a chance, so Hippomenes dropped golden apples during the race, given to him by Aphrodite, to distract Atlanta enough that he could win.
Multiple times throughout his “Song of Songs” in the Bible, Solomon speaks of apples. The shepherd girl asks her sweetheart to “comfort me with apples.” Her sweetheart speaks often of the apple trees in his garden.
Today is February 13, which makes tomorrow Valentine’s Day. In honor of the holiday, I wanted to focus just a little on the more romantic side of apples, which led me to its use in symbolism. As an idea for tomorrow, try the following, a simple recipe that pairs apples with cinnamon, a popular Valentine’s Day spice.
Baked Apples, from LuCynda Hansen (http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Main.aspx)
- 4 tart green apples
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 4 T butter
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Scoop out the core from the top of each apple, leaving a well. Do not cut all the way through. Stuff each apple with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until sugar begins to caramelize and apples are tender.
Just a note: several reviews of this recipe and others like it recommend pouring about a quarter inch of water around the apples before baking.
This is the aroma that will be permeating our house, tomorrow morning . . . .
An apple is an apple right? Well yes, but not really. Okay, so I’m crazy! I have a tendency to think that an apple is good for everything. The old saying is that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. Okay, so shouldn’t an apple be good to eat, good to cook and good to bake? I guess not.
Recently I was excited for apple season and headed to the orchard to buy some apples. Now I’ve certainly never said I’m a cooking expert but I have made pies, apple sauce and other yummy things in the past. So, when I made it to the little store at the orchard I went right for the apples I recognized, Galas. I know that name and I know my husband and I both like them. (My husband doesn’t like any of the delicious apples and they always need to be nice and crisp.)
As soon as I returned home it was time to make lunch for my sons. So, being the good mother that I am who likes to try to throw in a few healthy things, I cut up an apple for them to share. It was yummy good! I knew we were all going to like them.
I got to thinking how much I would like to have one of my husband’s apple crisps. (You see, he’s the one that makes the topping for these and I cut up the apples.) So, when my husband came home I suggested he mix up some crisp and I’d cut the apples and fix the rest of the dinner.
Dinner was good but we were anticipating that dessert! It smelled good and it looked good! Too bad it wasn’t overly good. Those Gala apples just weren’t the right apples. They didn’t get soft, they were dry and they just didn’t work. No, an apple isn’t just an apple, it has to be the right kind of apple.
You know, sometimes I wish cooking could be done with an X10 Wireless Remote. I could just push a button and it would be done. It’d be perfect and have all the right decisions made. Or hey, I’ll even take an X10 Plug-In Controller. If it’ll just fix my food, I’ll take it! Perhaps the X10 Appliance Modules would actually work in my favor in some way. Maybe they could be programmed to do more than just run that blender, maybe it could run a cooking robot as well. I think I need to contact Tim at The Home Automation Store and see if he can convince X10 to branch out to the culinary arts somehow.
Okay, so I’m being silly but really, there’s nothing like having your hopes set on an apple crisp that disappoints!
I went back to the orchard yesterday and armed myself with Macintosh apples, I need to go and try to make my tastebuds happy now. This apple is the apple I need.