Saturday, November 03, 2012

kelly's apple crisp




As promised in my previous post - Baked Salmon Stuffed With Mascarpone Spinach, this is the dessert I created for my daughter Kelly's pre-marathon race training event - her favorite!  We've loved this apple crisp forever, and it's one of those dishes that you may just want to eat dessert first, and not even feel guilty about it!  Piled high with fresh apples, crispy oats and graham cracker cinnamon crumb topping - it's all healthy goodness, right? :) There are hundreds of apple crisps out there, but I've yet to find one that I enjoy more!  It's quick, easy, and absolutely scrumptious!

When Kelly was a young girl, around 10 years old, she attended a Pampered Chef Party with me.  It was the mid 90's, and this was a new home party that involved cooking, so we were excited about attending for the first time. For anyone who has never attended a Pampered Chef party, the demonstrator always creates a food item using multiple kitchen gadgets the company sells, of course. :)





A beautiful memory of a fun time with Kelly, the demonstrator made apple crisp that day! Kelly was in awe of all the gadgets surrounding us!  Smiling from ear to ear as she was asked to try out the apple peeler - which peeled, cored and sliced the apple - her eyes met mine with that look - Mom, we need this!!  Her eyes became even wider when she tasted the incredible apple crisp!

We left the party ordering the apple peeler (for Kelly), the deep dish stoneware baker, and the best food chopper ever.  Of course, we were also given a copy of the Pampered Chef recipe, which eventually made its way to the online world here. :)  Except for the apple peeler, which I've donated since (I prefer a paring knife), I still have the gadgets I bought 17 years ago, and can't even tell you how many times I've made Kelly's Apple Crisp, named for Kelly after being asked so many times, "Mom, will you make my apple crisp?" :)

Perfect for a cool fall day, your home will be filled with the lovely fragrance of the steaming, hot baking apple crisp.  Enjoy as a dessert, brunch, or an accompaniment to your Thanksgiving pumpkin pies!

Until next time…mangia! xox

Carol






Kelly's Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

4 - 6 (about 3 pounds) granny smith apples (or any preferred cooking apple - I use honey crisp apples)
8 graham crackers (2 1/2 x 5 inch size), finely chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
whipped cream or ice cream (optional)

Create the Apple Crisp:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Peel, core and slice apples.  Place in deep dish stoneware baker, or pie plate.

2) Finely chop graham crackers, place in a medium size bowl.  Add brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well.  Add melted butter; mix well.

3) Sprinkle graham cracker mixture evenly over apples and pat down into place.  Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until apples are tender.  Cool slightly; serve warm topped with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

Carol's note:
Although baking in the oven gives a crispier topping, this is also delicious cooked in the microwave, especially if you're in a hurry.  Microwave on high 12-15 minutes or until apples are tender, rotating dish after 6 minutes.  As above, cool slightly; serve warm topped with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.  I've baked it both in the oven and microwave, they are equally as delicious!


Prepare apples, mix ingredients, bake and mangia!!!


28 comments:

  1. Beautiful crisp! I remember The Pampered Chef parties;-) I like my apple crisp served warm with ice cream-sounds wonderful!

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  2. I love apple crisp, this looks like pure comfort!

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    1. It is, Laura! Thanks! How's Venice? Gorgeous photo on instagram!!

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  3. This apple crisp looks divine! The aroma must fill the house with warmth and happiness. :D

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    1. Oh, Val! You said it perfectly - warmth and happiness! Love that!

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  4. I used to sell Pampered Chef about 5 years, so I have many of the kitchen tools (we were told to call them ;))I too love this crisp but I haven't tried using graham crackers that's a nice change. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Suzanne, their "tools" are amazing! I still have, and use almost daily, the original food chopper! I love a few other items as well that can't be beat, like the egg/strawberry/mushroom slicer! :) Kelly called me after she read the post and said, "Mom, you donated the apple peeler to me!" I thought I remembered everything, and forgot I donated it to the person who originally wanted it 17 years ago! LOL Have a great weekend!

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  5. Yum! This looks absolutely Devine and I bet it tasted fantastic too! Love the photos too :)

    Have a great day,

    Chloe & Sarah

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    1. Chloe and Sarah - hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by acom and taking the time to leave your sweet comment!!! Truly appreciated!!!

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  6. Wo, first off, Pampered Chef has been around that long? Glad to hear a story about your bonding time with your daughter. I can't wait to share similar experiences with my 2 girls (and 1 boy) when they're older. I think Kelly wasn't the only one is awe of the apple crisp. I am also in awe of how good this looks! I want to dig in. Quick, someone give me a fork!

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    1. Morning, Jen! You will soon be sharing all those experiences, and what seems like nothing at the time, become wonderful memories! My son is going to feel left out, I better start telling some memories with him too! :)

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  7. Isn´t apple crisp the most comforting and good tasting dessert? No wonder you daughter loves it, it´s gorgeous Carol!

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    1. It sure is comforting, Paula! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great Sunday - see you at the Chocolate Party tomorrow! :)

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  8. Apple Crisp is a fall favorite! Can't wait to try this one! Looks so pretty and the graham crackers are a nice change from the recipe I use. Thanks for posting and as usual, beautiful pictures!

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    1. Hey Don! Thanks so much! You and Dave will love it!

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  9. My thoughts of you go back to building snow forts in the yard. I knew then you would be a genius in whatever you do. Thanks for sharing this apple crisp recipe. Can't wait to make it for Dad. He loves anything with apples and this sounds different then the one I make. I can smell it already.

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    1. A loving mother's comment! Thanks, Mom! Dad will really enjoy this version - very easy and very delicious, and smells heavenly!

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  10. I love apple crisps. So simple but so satisfying, for me, any time of the year. Your post has me wanting to make a batch. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jean! You're right - perfect any time of the year! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!!

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  11. I think it has been over 10 years ago since I attended a pampered chef party. I remember them pushing the all in one apple peeler - never purchased. This crisp looks divine. A perfect dish for a chilly day. Lovely photos!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Loving your new post for the sandwich cookies on your blog!!!

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  12. What a delightful crisp, and such great memories to go along with it :)

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  13. One of my favorite desserts, love this version.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! …and this version is even "kinda" healthy, which I know you like! :)

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  14. Carol, this sounds amazing! I used to love those Pampered Chef parties, and I always got sucked in to buying the utensils so I could duplicate the featured recipe! One thing for sure, the recipes were always winners, and I am looking forward to trying "Kelly's" appple crisp! I love the idea of graham cracker crumbs, which I bet add a nice nuttiness and crunch. Love this post, love the recipe, always love the stories, and most of all your amazing photographs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeannie! Perfect description of what the graham crackers add to the crispy topping!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol