“I noticed you purchased an extra bag of green apples this week.”
Nothing gets past my kitchen monitor.
“Are we going to make an apple crisp today?”
I really did purchase an extra bag of green apples this week, and they were indeed intended for an apple crisp.
“Look, I’m sitting on that recipe you were looking at.”
That’s okay, it didn’t look all that interesting, and after all these years I hardly need a recipe for apple crisp.
“Then just make it up like you always do.”
I was planning on an apple crisp today, but later on so that it would be warm with ice cream after dinner.
“Put the computer away and let’s get baking.”
Great idea, Mimi. Thanks. Once I get started on the computer in the morning I’m sometimes caught with it all day long, as much as I try to get away. I have a lot of other things I’d like to get done today, like the two of us spending time in the garden!
And I think you’re probably remembering a few other Sunday morning apple crisps just as I am.
Yes, I do make an apple or other fruit crisp at least once per month, usually with whatever fruit is in season, and out of season apple crisp is always my favorite, made with Granny Smiths.
And I know memories of other Sunday morning apple crisps were on my mind because it’s been a tradition for decades, and because of that a crisp is the featured recipe for April in In the Kitchen With Cookie. For April, however, I had chosen to feature a Crabapple Crisp because the crabapple trees are, well, usually blooming right about now.
Why Mimi remembered I’m not sure since I’m sure, as a cat, she pays no attention whatsoever to anything like a calendar, but I am convinced Mimi reads my mind, in her way. I think a certain tortoiseshell kitty told her that would be necessary if the household was to be managed in a neat and orderly fashion. After raising 24 children, Mimi is more than capable of handling one human.
So I can heat up my piece of apple crisp for my dessert.
April In the Kitchen With Cookie…
I set my favorite enamel pan for fruit crisps on the table, and Cookie immediately stepped into it and did her thing, fitting herself into it at different angles, having a little bath, then finally having a nap. The pan meets her exacting specifications. This position came after a few other tests, such as the first and most obvious fit. This left too much room in some areas and was therefore unsatisfactory.
RECIPE: CRABAPPLE CRISP
Yes, you can eat crabapples, and when they are in season I’ve made crisps, pies, jelly and juice from them. They always have a tart quality that I enjoy in an apple, and you don’t need to peel them, just cut in half and cut out the core to make four cups, then proceed with the crisp as follows.
Toss crabapples with two tablespoons of lemon juice and two tablespoons of corn starch. Place in greased two-quart pan in an even layer, dot with two tablespoons of butter.
Combine your favorite chopped nuts, oatmeal, wheat germ, flax seed or other similar dry grain to make one cup total. Add 1/2 cup of your favorite sugar (I use brown sugar) or a sugar substitute that will caramelize and brown, stir to combine. Cut in a stick of cold butter and spread over top of fruit. Bake in a 3500 oven for about an hour until it’s brown and bubbly.
Here’s the two-page spread for April:
The temperature last night took an unexpected dive a little below freezing, so we enjoyed our time in a warm sunny kitchen today.
Read more about “In the Kitchen With Cookie”
and “Compositions in Black and Green”
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