Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cheap Apple Crisp (Frugal Food Thursday)


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For the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, we eat apples with honey as a wish for a sweet New Year.  I also try to incorporate apples into the meal.  Sometimes I'll make a stuffing with apples, or I'll make a salad with apple slices. Most years, I'll make an apple dessert.

My plan this year was to make an apple strudel.  Most recipes call for ready-made puff pastry dough, but I figured I could make my own.  So I tried... and failed miserably.  It was a Frugal Folly to be sure!  But that is a story for another time.

So, needing to make a dessert quick with the ingredients I had around the house, I made this Cheap Apple Crisp.  It's based on a recipe from my trusty New York Times Cook Book

I topped the apple crisp with confectioner's sugar, but if you have whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, those would be divine.  Or you can make your own whipped cream from an ingredient you have around the house - or that you should have around!  I'll post that frugal tip tomorrow.

Here's the recipe:

CHEAP APPLE CRISP

6 small apples (I used Gala apples, but Granny Smith would work, too)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
6 tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds (chopped in my food processor)
confectioner's sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom of a 2-quart casserole dish.

Core the apples and slice them thinly.  (I kept the peel on, but you can remove it if you like.)  Place the slice apples in a bowl.  Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice.  Toss to coat.   Pour the apples into the casserole dish.

In a small bowl, mix the other 1/2 cup brown sugar, flour, salt, butter, and nuts until it reaches a crumbly consistency.  (I used my hands for this job.)  Spread the crumble mixture over the top of the apples.

Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until apples are tender and the crust is browned.

Spoon apple crisp into small bowls and dust with confectioner's sugar.

Makes 4-6 servings.

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22 comments:

Jackie Patti September 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM  

Thanks for hosting! I am sharing my detailed post on vitamin A... with complete references:
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Christopher Wetmore Christopher September 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM  

I'm going to send this recipe to the cook in my family, The World's Greatest Sister-in-Law. Thanks.

Pat September 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM  

I love apple crisp, and even better when it's made with honey. Yours looks lovely! In keeping with the subject of apples, I linked my Apple Galette from last November -- it's as easy to make as apple crisp, and can use honey, sugar, agave or your choice of sweeteners.

Amy @ Pounds4Pennies September 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM  

THanks for hosting this AWESOME linky. Please stop by to add this to my Linky party list page! We would love to have you there.

Barb @ A Life in Balance September 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM  

Apple Crisp must be in the air. I shared mine which calls for cranberries with the apples.

Thanks for hosting!

Joanna September 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM  

Happy Thursday and thanks for hosting! I’m sharing a post about making desserts less sweet – it’s a great baby step for anyone who is trying to eat healthier! And if you’re buying more expensive natural sweeteners, it also saves you money!

http://plusothergoodstuff.blogspot.com/2012/09/easy-change-9-make-desserts-less-sweet.html

Chaya September 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM  

The apple crisp looks scrumptious. I ended up with an apple kugel and an apple cake, both being delicious. A good and sweet year.

kitchen flavours September 21, 2012 at 3:43 AM  

Delicious looking apple crisp!
I've just linked some ginger bars. Thank you for hosting!

A Joyful Noise September 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM  

We love apple crisp. I add some quick oats to the topping, but the nuts sound great too

Miz Helen September 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds September 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM  

Love this recipe! Apple Crisp is such a classic. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

Kathy A Delightsome Life September 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM  

This recipe does sound fantastic - I am looking forward to exploring your blog - lots of great tips. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

jamie tucker September 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM  

this look so yummy and awesome. i love saving money on desserts! this looks like it wont go to waste at all

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures October 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM  

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Check back shortly when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

Judy@Savoring Today October 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM  

I like the addition of the almonds in this recipe, a good flavor combination! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

Tanvi,  October 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM  

I like that you used nuts rather than the more traditional oats or flour mixture for the topping - that sounds like something interesting that I'll have to try.

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