Sweet and Gluten-Free

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.

The particulars:

  • 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)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling.
  4. Take out of the oven and sprinkle the granola on top. Return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until slightly browned on top.
  5. 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.