Mood: Comfy-Blackberry Apple Crisp

It sure was a busy weekend…wowsa!!  Now that it’s winding down and i’m just chillin’ at home with the lion, I feel a sense of calm and comfort because I know the next few hours will just be chillaxing time.  Tonight I asked the lion what I wanted for dinner and he said “Apple Pie and Pizza Planet”…me thinks the boy is watching a little too much Toy Story lately!  I laughed but then I thought to myself…well, why not?  It won’t be a pie, it’ll be a crisp.  I have delicious Honey Crisp Apples and I also have blackberries in the freezer from when I went on an amazing weekend trip to the Sunshine Coast and those little flavour bombs were everywhere.  Yes, I went on a rampage, got scratched, drew blood and it was worth EVERY SINGLE MOMENT.  I felt like a blackberry drill sergeant instructing my doppelganger and her boyfriend to pick more!!

So here it is…apple crisp, the perfect rouse to get my child to have a bath with the promise there will be a treat waiting for him.  Insert evil laugh.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

First you peel and chop your apples.  I chopped up 2 Honey Crisps, which equaled about 3 cups.  I chopped them quite small so the lion would love it…he like small food and I like a child who won’t choke so I consider this a winning combination.  Place your apples and blackberries in a bowl together and set aside.

Apples and Blackberries (I picked them earlier in August and froze them for a time like this!)

Apples and Blackberries (I picked them earlier in August and froze them for a time like this!)

Next you are going to make the crisp topping.  I placed rolled oats, chopped pecans, cinnamon and margarine (cuz i had no butter on hand…sorry) in a bowl and then squished it in my hands until it was all mixed together

Oats and Pecans-Crispy topping in the making

Oats and Pecans-Crispy topping in the making

Mixed up good with cinnamon, margarine, pecans and oats

Mixed up good with cinnamon, margarine, pecans and oats

Next mix the fruit together, add a bit of cinnamon, a sprinkle of sugar, teaspoon of cornstarch, tiny splash of vanilla (or vanilla bean paste) and a teaspoon of maple syrup and mix together to coat evenly.

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Add a bit of cornstarch or flour so that the natural sugars from the fruit will thicken up in to delicousness

Add a bit of cornstarch or flour so that the natural sugars from the fruit will thicken up in to delicousness

grease a loaf pan, add the mixture.  Top with the crumble.*I put the loaf pan on top of a cookie sheet incase there is a bit of a spill over …safety first people.

Place in the oven for about 40-45 minutes until fruit is cooked and bubbling and the topping is nice and golden brown.

mmmmm

mmmmm

Your house is going to smell Ah-MAHHH-Zing!!!  Oh and if you want to pretty much guarantee yourself a participant medal for mom of the year…serve it up with a scoop of ice cream.

Blackberry Apple Crisp

Blackberry Apple Crisp

Blackberry Apple Crisp

*Makes a loaf pan and feeds about 4-6 people depending on how much you scoop out per plate.

Ingredients

Fruit Mixture

  • 2 Cups Blackberries
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • Sprinkle of sugar
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • 1 splash of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch or flour

Crisp Topping

  • 2 Cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Place chopped apples and blackberries in a bowl and mix with the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup.  Set aside
  3. Make crisp topping-Pretty much squish everything together in a bowl until well mixed and you have a crumbly topping
  4. Grease a loaf pan, place the fruit in the bottom
  5. Top with the crispy topping
  6. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until fruit is bubbling and cooked and the coating is nice and golden.

ENJOY!!

xo

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