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apple-cherry crisp & the wisdom of mothers

Heed the wisdom of your mother.

When I was younger, I thought good cooking meant finding the fanciest recipe that required trips to three different grocery stores and multiple hours of prep.

My mom, with her decades of cooking experience, espouses a simpler approach: have a few trademark recipes in your arsenal and then know how to use what you have in your kitchen and pantry to make a meal.

I volunteered to make dessert for a Super Bowl party, and had originally envisioned making something like cookie dough cupcakes or chocolate mint brownies. However, I wanted to make sure that I completed my lesson plans for the next day rather than leaving them for after the Super Bowl.

So I looked at what I had in the kitchen and pantry and decided on Apple Cherry Crisp because we had all the ingredients on hand. I doubled the recipe and used two foil cake pans (the only new thing we purchased).

2014-02-02 18.01.53Must give a shoutout to my amazing fiance, who cut up all the apples

Ingredients
4 c peeled apple slices (used Granny Smith)
2/3 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c oatmeal, uncooked (used Kirkland Ancient Grains cereal)
3/4 tsp cinnamon (used  Victoria Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Spice)
1/3 c margarine, softened to room temp. (left it out 5 hours in advance per the tips in my cupcake class)
VARIATIONS
1 can(s) cherry pie filling (instead of apples) (added a handful of Nature’s Touch frozen cherries)
OR
29 oz can of sliced peaches, drained
OR 2 1/2 CUPS APPLES & CHERRY PIE FILLING
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Mist an 8 x 8″ square pan or dish with cooking spray.
3. Arrange apples (or other fruit) in the pan.
4. Mix all other ingredients together until crumbly & put over the fruit.

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5. Bake around 30-35 minutes, until apples are tender & the topping is golden brown and feels crunchy.
6. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.
7. NOTE: Recipe can be easily doubled. Bake in a 13 x 9″ pan with the same baking time.

We packed up the two trays to take to the party.

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Thankfully our Super Bowl party host let us bake the apple crisp while we were eating dinner, which saved us even more prep time.

photo 1

 

The finished product was well received after a delicious dinner of lasagna and spinach salad.

photo 2All gone!

 

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