This time of year its hard not to get sentimental and swoony over holidays past. Family and friends filling every moment, of everyday, for various parties filled with festivities and warmth (not all of these things are particularly fun, but you put up with it because “it’s the holidays”). Every event brings about a new conversations (or the same ones repeated), laughter, drama, and if you are anything like the majority of people I know, after three of these events you will have stuffed yourself on so many appetizers, munchies, tarts, cookies, and pie that you will be stuck in stretchy pants for the rest of the month (until you can start your new years resolution to be “healthier and happier in 2013!”).
Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to guilt you on holiday eating, quite the opposite! Go nuts! Eat, drink and be merry! It’s what the holidays are for and bringing guilt into them only makes everyone around you uncomfortable, so go eat that last piece of pie and don’t feel bad about it (Nike Training Club and the Gym will be there when your done, so it’s fine).
All these events and the cooler weather put me in a baking state of mind. I very rarely bake during the warmer months because it seems so taxing, but as the leaves start to fall I am all about cookings more decadent half. Here’s the thing, California stayed warm this year, scratch that, it stayed HOT. There have been a few cool days here and there (I live for these days, Drew and I refer to it as Jacket Weather and it’s just lovely) but even last week it was in the 90s… I would like to remind you that yes, it is November here too, 90 degrees is a touch too warm for this time of year. However, the weather has finally decided to cool down and it, per usual, is putting me in a baking mood.
First up: Apple Crisp
I am a huge fan of apple crisp. It is simple and satisfying. The sweet-tart of apple and sugar melts like heaven on your tongue (make it a la mode and it’s even more divine!). For this recipe I kept things rather simple, a clean, nontraditional version of the delectable dish.
What you will need (please not this recipe makes 4 generous servings):
Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees
5-6 Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
Juice From Half a Lemon
2 TBSP Honey
2-3 TBSP Pure Maple Syrup
1 tsp All Spice
1 tsp Apple Pie Spice (Or Pumpkin Pie Spice)
2-3 tsp Cinnamon (I really like cinnamon so I added more)
Dash of Sea Salt
Mix together, place in 9-13 pan and set aside
For the topping, Combine-
1/2 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
2 TBSP Melted Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans
1/4 Cup All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix (I used Pamela’s)
1-2 tsp Cinnamon
Mix well and sprinkle over your apple mixture.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the apples are soft.
I made this the other night and as Drew lifted the fork to his mouth, his eyes shot open, he looked up at me and said, “What kind of evil is this?! It’s too good.” A true compliment if there ever was one!
Serve warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and be transported into fall bliss. Happy Holiday eating from my guilt to yours.