September 28, 2009

Howdya like dem Apples

This weekend I went apple picking in Coloma, Michigan with my friend, Julie. We go every year and while the drive out there and back is long, it's well worth it for such fresh apples! I was never much of an apple-eater before, but after that first trip when I plucked a plump golden delicious off a tree and took a bite, I was quickly converted. I look forward to late September/early October every year. It's the official sign to my taste buds that fall is here!

Every year the first apple dish my mom makes with is Apple Crisp. Found in the Joy of Cooking cookbook she received at her wedding shower in 1976, she first made this recipe when she had an unexpected visitor pop in to see the new baby. That baby was my older sister who just celebrated her 30th birthday. Yep, this recipe's been going strong since 1979, even made it through our celiac diagnoses and became gluten free right along with us! The cookbook has seen better days, but it's still hangin' in there.

Welcome fall and bake your own apple crisp or "fruit paradise"!

Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pare, core and slice into a 9-inch pie pan or dish 4 cups tart apples (about 6-8 apples)

Season with 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Work like pastry with fingertips:
1/2 cup Pamela's Baking Mix (or any other gluten free all-purpose flour will do)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon salt, if butter is unsalted

1 teaspoon cinnamon

The mixture must be lightly worked so that it does not become oily. Spread these crumbly ingredients over the apples. Bake about 30 minutes. Serve hot or cold. Preferably with ice cream!

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking (Bobbs-Merrill, 1975)


Kaitlyn said...

I LOVEE apple picking. So much fun!

karen said...

My son is going to love you for this! I've been agonizing over apple crisp because we always made it with oats growing up. Never even considered using my beloved Pamela's (which I just got a fresh shipment of) AND our best local apple fest is coming up in the next weekend or two. Can't wait!

Chandice said...

Love this recipe! I can't wait to try it! :)

CinnamonQuill said...

There is nothing like apples from an orchard! We still have to go this season, thanks for the reminder. :)

nutritioulicious said...

I love apples, and although I have never been apple picking (sadly), I can't get enough fresh from the farm (or tree) apples from the farmers market or CSA!

Linda-KitchenTherapy said...

It's fall when you can go apple picking. I love to try new varieties when I go to orchards. And I have two editions of Joy of Cooking. The oldest, 1973, is my most treasured cookbook, out of hundreds. My mom gave it to me for Christmas that year. I have even had it rebound. That cost twice the orginal price.

iRaw said...

I love picking apples this time of year! The apple crisp looks great!

I Am Gluten Free said...

Don't you just love Pamela's baking mix? It is so versatile! I used it to make gluten free waffles this morning and they were fantastic! When you're not in the mood to make up your own mix, Pamela's is an easy go-to and reliable mix.

Love your blog. Nice to make your online acquaintance!