Last night, our lovely neighbors cooked us an amazing dinner - salmon fishcakes, and they were so delicious! I need to get that recipe :) They were so sweet to make us a meal, especially with all of my dietary restrictions. They used goat's cream instead of regular for the sauce - and I'm so glad they did, because it was absolutely beautiful. I've gotten so used to having things without cream-based sauces that I had forgotten how yummy they are! As a thank you for preparing such a great dinner, I made my standard dessert for us all to enjoy. This has become my go-to pudding to prepare for a small group. It's great to get a recipe that never fails - but it's equally great to find small tweaks every now and then to make it even better.
Turns out, however, that I was calling it by the wrong name. My easy apple cobbler should really be called easy apple crisp. So that is its new name. Tweak number one: new name. Tweak number two: using pink lady apples. This isn't a massive difference, but I just LOVE the flavor that pink ladies bring to a baked apple dish. They somehow maintain some of their crunch, even when blasted in a hot oven for the better part of an hour. Tweak number three: using a gluten-free granola for the topping. Thanks to Sainsbury's for this one! One of my take-home goodies from the dinner party was a box of freefrom sunflower seed & hazelnut granola, which I knew would be perfect for this dessert. It contains some wonderful and healthy ingredients, too - buckwheat flakes, sunflower seeds, hazelnut nibs, golden linseed, flaked almonds, etc etc. So now we have a pretty healthy dessert on our hands! If you're based in the UK, I highly recommend picking up a box of this stuff.
Easy Apple Crisp
Serves about 6.
- 6 pink lady apples, peeled cored and diced small (or more if you're making a larger dish)
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 cups granola (use gluten-free variety if needed)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Mix together the maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a bowl. Pour into a metal or glass baking dish. As you chop up the apple pieces, add them to the dish, spooning the mixture on top of the apples as you go.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling.
- Take out of the oven and sprinkle the granola on top. Return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until slightly browned on top.
- Pour out excess liquid (if needed), serve hot (with ice cream too!)
Lesson learned: Can't wait to make this all summer long with different fruit - I've made this before with pears, nectarines, and plums. All good stuff.