October always seems to fly by but every New Englander I know has been gushing about these gorgeous fall days. Leaves carpeting the lawns and the mums everywhere make every yard look like a postcard.
This time of year also brings on a heavy debate at our house. No, not politics. It is the perfect ratio of apples to crumb topping in apple crisp.
My husband has been begging me to make apple crisp like his mom and grandmother did. So, of course I got the recipe from them. And I made it. And he still said, no, this isn’t quite right. (He just figured out that it was actually another family member who made it his favorite way.)
He holds that the best apple crisp has equal portions apple and crisp. I like a little more apple, since it is warm, gooey, and a tad healthier.
But I think I found a winner that we can both agree on. It is from Betty Crocker, you can find the link here. I should note that I personally love Ina Garten’s Apple Crisp, which you can find here, but my husband doesn’t love all the citrus flavors (she uses orange and lemon).
4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I prefer less or no nutmeg, you can leave it out)
Cream or Ice cream, if desired
Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.
On another, non-food related but October related note, can we talk about these cute craft projects? I am not very crafty, in fact my kids scrap books each have one page completed and are in a box with all the memorabilia that should be in the scrap book. But my babysitter Jessi is! She made these ghosts and bats out of the kids hands! Just trace their hands on white paper for ghosts and black paper for bats (the bats you trace the hands attached together as wings. They are harder to see against the night sky). The pumpkins are a scissor-using nirvana for my 3 year old since you just cut up pieces of orange tissue paper then glue them on a paper plate. They make our house feel very Halloween-y too. Enjoy!