Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 52: A Touch of Autumn

It's been cool and rainy here lately. This morning especially, I got a hint of fall on the breeze, and even though I know it's only temporary, I thought I'd celebrate this autumnal mood with apples. I'm also down to the scraping the barrel of the fridge and pantry. I really need to get to the grocery store soon, but I love those days when I have to take stock of what I've got in hand and see what I can whip up. Honestly, I've made some of the best meals that way.

Today it was individual apple crisps. The girls said that I need to make those again, so next time I'll have a photo. Also, bear in mind, I was tossing things together as I went, so my measurements this time are inexact.

Maple- Brown sugar Apple Crisps


  • 2 apples - I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Jonamac. With my apple pies I like a mixture of sweet and tart apples. These make a nice combination.
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 3 T brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 T wheat germ
  • vegan margarine (or butter if you're not a vegan)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Peel and slice the apples into very thin slices.

  3. Place into a bowl and drizzle with maple syrup.

  4. Add the brown sugar and stir well. Taste to adjust. You may like it sweeter or more mapley.

  5. Put the mixture into greased ramekins. This made enough for three.

  6. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts until coarsely ground.

  7. Add the oats and pulse again until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.

  8. Dump this mixture into the same bowl that held the apple mixture. The bowl should still have some of the maple syrup/brown sugar mixture in it. Stir well to mix in all the syrup.

  9. Add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar (I usually add it in tablespoon increments and taste as I go) and mix well. I like to add a tablespoon or two of wheat germ too.

  10. Cut in about 2 T of butter or vegan margarine. (I like Earth Balance) and work with your hands or a pasty cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  11. Divide between the three ramekins, packing down the crumb topping firmly.

  12. Bake in a 375 oven for 25 minutes or until it's bubbling nicely around the edges.

  13. Take out and let cool on a rack for a bit and then serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream.


Chandelle said...

Yum! Apple crisp is one of my favorite treats. I've had good success using cold coconut oil in the streusel instead of Earth Balance. I might have to make this myself!

Babs said...

They were really goo. :9

We topped the with Rice Dream vanilla fake ice cream, which I don't like by itself, but it was awesome on the crisp.

I think I prefer these apple crisps in the individual sizes, too. In a big pie plate, they just slump over when you cut into them. I need to buy more of these ramekins though.

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