My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

This decadent dessert was given to me by my colleague and friend, Lisa. She's one of the best cooks/bakers I've ever known, so I knew it was gonna be good! I served this up at a BBQ last week, and the boys were literally licking their bowls, asking for seconds. I'd say it's safe to add this one to my list of all-time favorite recipes!
{ Prep Time: 25 mins / Cooking Time: 1 hour / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 10 servings }

5 lbs. McIntosh or Golden Delicious apples
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
butter cooking spray
vanilla ice cream (optional)

For the Topping:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x14x2" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Peel, core and cut apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar and spices. Pour into the prepared dish.
3. To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.
4. Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour, uncovered, until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on the top, for garnish.

Recipe borrowed from Ina Garten

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