We have two apple trees in the backyard. It's taken a few years of marginal care and some pruning, but this year we really got some big apples from them. The yard is damp, and the apples look none too pretty, but Anna decided to scrub them up today, after Adam and Julia picked them from the trees yesterday on a ladder.
They cleaned up rather well. We had about twice as many as you see here.
I asked Anna, since she did all the muscle work, what kind of applish food she'd prefer. She declined apple sauce or cider, but perked up at the mention of apple crisp. This is my mother's recipe. I ate it happily SO MANY times as a child.
(This version is doubled from the original.)
8 apples, cored and sliced
2 Tbl lemon juice
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
handful of oats, if you like
1 stick butter
Slice apples into a large casserole. Mine was rather shallow, which I like.
Mix all dry ingredients with a fork. Add soft butter and mix well.
Pack this mixture on top of the apples.
Bake for one hour at 375. The house will smell lovely.
Adam says we must go buy some vanilla ice cream before he's willing to eat any. He'd better hurry; I think it's already half gone!
And since the girls really enjoyed their part in this apple adventure, I'm linking this post to Moriah's "Fun Mom Friday."