Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Andy's Apple Crisp

We have a wonderful friend named Andy who recently celebrated his 27th birthday. He throws the biggest party for himself every year, but really, it never is about himself at all. He invites everyone, and he and his wife Paige make all sorts of delicious food for a crowd (chili, hot dogs, corn muffins, and sweets) and then he always has an amazing "show" to put on for us all which usually includes a cardbox box maze (this year it was a castle) which later becomes the biggest bonfire you've ever seen!

Popcorn over a campfire, lighted glow-stick bracelets for us all to wear in the dark, dogs to pet and goats too!

This year there was also a drone taking photos overhead, and several years in the past he would even have a Tesla coil making "lightning",  literal bombs bursting in air...you name it, he has done it!

Somehow, he never makes the party about himself. It's about his friends. He even choked up while he was praying over the food when he also asked the Lord to bless all of us since we mean so much to him. I LOVE this man! He is a like a son to us, so our gift to him was a "coupon" good for one homemade dinner of his choice, just like I do for my family on their birthdays.

I asked his wife Paige what food to bring along for the party, and she recommended an apple crisp for him.  SO here's a pretty simple recipe that I  prepared that is so good. Not too sweet but a nice, warm, sweet treat with a great crunchy-topped texture. I served it plain, but caramel sauce drizzled over the top would be a delicious addition. Ice cold vanilla ice cream would be nice to serve alongside as well.

The only thing that makes it challenging at all is the coring, peeling and slicing of the 6 apples, but if you have a Pampered Chef, "Apple/Peeler/Corer/Slicer" , it would be a breeze!


6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 T. white sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups OLD-FASHIONED oats
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss apples with the white sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Place in a baking dish. (I used an 8X11. You can also use a 9 " square baking dish.)

Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon in small bowl. Use a pastry cutter or 2 forks to mash cold butter into the oat mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Spread over top of apples. Pat gently until even.

Bake about 40 minutes. Sides will be bubbling, and top will be browned.

This is so good. Give it a try!

Enjoy~ Everything in moderation

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