apple crisp

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction....

Good ol’ Issac Newton. I secretly think he must have been a wunderkind Buddhist/Karmic metaphysical philosopher of the 17th century. I think that dude was on to something.

Lately, every morning before I get out of bed I take a second before my feet hit the ground and wonder what is going to happen today. There has been that much action/opposite reaction going on in my life. Hiding Nesting under a big fluffy down comforter sounds like a really great idea.... until you need to use the restroom, ugh...then you have to get up.

The days have gone a little like this:

Grab a cart and help the lady with 3 kids at the grocery store/come home and find my bathroom flooded. Give a homeless person a dollar/get a mortgage bill in the mail that isn’t correct then spend 30 minutes in ‘you will speak to a customer service representative in 3 minutes’ phone queue hell. Let someone in my lane of traffic/sewer pipe broken.

Try to be nice and it comes back to you tenfold?

Karma's a bitch only if you are?

Someone is lying.

But then again, if the action/opposite reaction theory is true, it means if I start being mean and stop trying to be nice, good things will happen to me, right?

Sigh, my whole argument falls apart. Actually, I don't have the energy to follow through with this line of reasoning.

Anyways, it's been a tough week.

This helped. A. Lot.

Soft warm apple crisp... with two secret ingredients. Apple butter in in the filling to really amp up the cinnamon and apple taste. It's like going from mono to stereo. Also, a dash ground cloves in the topping. When you bite into the crisp, you will taste this faint and elusive slight heat that will keep people wondering what it is in this crisp that is so different from the others that they have tasted.

apple crisp:
(printable recipe)

apple filling:

4 cups peeled and sliced granny smith apples
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple butter, optional
1 tablespoon of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter (or use cooking spray) a 8x8 square pan. Mix all apple filling ingredients in a bowl. Place filling in the baking pan.

Mix all topping ingredients together and top the apple filling. You might need to use your hands to press the topping down a little bit.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Best if served the day before and warmed. Also this recipe can be easily doubled.


Amy said...

"It's like going from mono to stereo." Love that. This week will be better. It has to.

Pamela said...

This post is helping me to ignore the YOU STOP, NO *YOU* STOP screaming that is going on in my kitchen.

The apple butter is genius.

Nancy @ rivertreekitchen said...

I made apple crisp last night as well. I use vindaloo (Indian spice blend--warm and sweet) in with the apples. Love the apple butter idea!

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