Friday, January 15, 2016

A New Twist: Apple Crunch

Each fall we stock up on local (storage) apples, tucking them wherever we can find room- under the kitchen bench, in the pantry, in the fridge.  We use them for baking but mostly we eat them out of hand or sliced with peanut butter.

potatoes in the box on the left, apples on the right

We've found several varieties that we like for this- Pink Lady and Fugi are two.  They keep for a couple months before some starting to turn mushy.  At this point, I'm motivated to use the many that are still good before they get soft, too, incorporating them into salads, casseroles and (of course) desserts.

This fall, I discovered that I could use my mother-in-law's Rhubarb Crunch recipe by substituting apples.  I'd already learned that this recipe works beautifully with sour cherries, so why not try an apple version?

I did cut back on the sugar (apples don't need the extra sugar tart rhubarb or sour cherries do) and added some cinnamon to the filling. The result was a success and my family now says *this* is my best apple dessert recipe.

If you have my cookbook, this crunch recipe is on page 99.  If you want, you can simply add the changes you see below off to the side (like I did).

Apple Crunch 

1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup quick oats
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter
Combine these ingredients and mix well with a fork. Press half of the crumbs into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover the crumbs pressed into the pan with...

5 large apples, peeled and sliced

In a small sauce pan, combine
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cup water
Bring to a boil while stirring regularly with a whisk. Once it becomes thick and bubbly, pour it evenly over the fruit. Top with remaining crumbs and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 min. to 1 hour or until a knife glides into the apples easily.

Delicious served warm with homemade vanilla ice cream. Also good cold right out of the pan with a fork while standing at the counter ;-).

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  1. Yum! And I just want to say that I adore how you store your apples and potatoes! So cute and clever!

  2. Have you tried Arkansas Black apples? They are super storage and we love their flavor for all sorts of uses. I am going to use your recipe tomorrow!

    1. Fiona,
      How do you store your Arkansas Blacks? We picked them at the orchard for the first time this year and not knowing what to do I stuck them in the fridge. They are taking up so much space I was wondering if I can keep them in the pantry next year.

  3. I just called home and asked my husband to take rhubarb out of the freezer so I could make this tonight. I looked all around...did you have a print button for recipes?

    1. Sorry, Athanasia. I don't have print buttons. Maybe I can work on that but I have no idea how involved it is to install them. For now, maybe you can just copy and paste the recipe into a document (deleting the images) and print them. Thanks for asking- and I think you're going to love the crunch :-).


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