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It is Better to Give . . . .

It is Better to Give . . . .

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.

Apple Crisp Gift Mix

  • 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!

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