Sunday, March 13, 2011

Get Baked!

So, although yesterday was a beautiful cloudless "sunny" day in Pittsburgh, (perfect for a St. Patty's Day party) today was overcast, gloomy and blah.  I took the opportunity to work on my baking skills- yes I said bake, as in "bake a cake" and made my favorite apple crisp.  I stumbled upon this recipe on
and love it because it is super delicious and relatively healthy- totally organic, nothing artificial or processed and it takes under an hour from start to finish.  What's not to love?  Here are the ingredients that I used, and yes- I did alter the recipe a bit, but I love it-so feel free to make it your own:

 Specifically those ingredients are:
-6 small apples, or 4 larger ones peeled, cored and chopped
-1/2 cup of brown sugar
-4 tablespoons butter diced
-1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal
-1/2 cup flour
-1 cup walnuts chopped finely
-1 dash of cinnamon
-1 pinch of salt

First things first- preheat that oven to 350 degrees:

Next, peel those apples! By the way- as far as I'm concerned Victorinox knives are pretty much the best things in the kitchen!

Next, chop those apples up- using a larger knife of course and put them in your baking pan/tin.  Then sprinkle cinnamon liberally- cover with tinfoil and place in oven for 20 minutes. I set a timer- it's helpful.

While the apples and cinnamon are baking in the oven, use this time to finely dice up those walnuts.  You can use a food-processor, however I like to do it by hand- because I feel like I can control the "fineness" a little better.  

Once the walnuts are all chopped up, combine them in a bowl with the brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, butter and salt.

When the apples and cinnamon are ready to come out of the oven, take off the tinfoil- the mixture should look a little something like this:

Now, it's time to sprinkle on your topping and put back in the oven for 30 minutes- uncovered this time.
Then...30 minutes later (or until top is golden brown) VOILA! Delicious, homemade apple crisp.  Easy as pie.  Ha.

 The smell of your kitchen afterward is also a perk. Anyways, I am FAR from a professional baker but like baking, especially on days like today and am obsessed with this recipe right now.  If you want the actual recipe, you can find it here, as I mentioned I have altered it to my liking.
Bon Appetit. xx


  1. It's your Dad's Washington State apple heritage powering you toward this tasty dessert; healthy too, yeah? Yum!

  2. Yes, definitely! I've made it a few times, hope Van isn't getting sick of it. Lol. But it's just so good and pretty healthy.