A conversation between the apple and me told in thought bubbles…
Me: Tart or crisp? Crisp or tart? Hmm, what to make? Here’s the thing apple. I have less than an hour to turn you and your lot into some sort of baked goodness before the sleeping babe wakes. So what do you want to be?
Apple: It seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? I want to be the almighty crisp. Nubby and sultry with a noted earthiness. Yeah, I get what you’re saying. You have better things to do right now. Like sleep or wonder what will happen if the government remains shut down…we all have these and bigger issues to face, so why don’t you get on with it. Start chopping. I’m a little sweet and comforting and can be the sort of thing to inspire answers to all sorts of conundrums.
Me: You’re a mustachioed apple with a belted sword squishing your girth, what do you know?
Apple: Plenty. I know plenty. Enough that when an apple with a mustache and a sword speaks, you have no choice but listen!
Me: Hmm, you may be right.
So that’s how it went the other day when the apples threatened to turn on us. An imagined apple talking cartoon in which I asked the apple what it wanted to be and it answered, crisp. Four pounds down, cored and sliced into slim wedges. With a sprinkling of sugar and dots of butter mixed in. A hearty crisp topping made for a humble fall evening: blend of Rye & Hemp cereal with white spelt flour (for earthy nut tones), walnuts, sugar, and butter (vegan or dairy, both are swell). A hearty crisp in the making with whole grains and cereal as topping.
p.s. Thanks Attune Foods for sending a box of Uncle Sam’s Rye & Hemp cereal. Don’t tell the apple, but when I get a little more time, I’m going to make that tart with Rye & Hemp cereal flour. He’s not the only rebellious one…
Apple Rye & Hemp Cereal Crisp
makes 8 servings
1/4 cup natural cane sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons white spelt (or whole wheat pastry) flour
4 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch slices
1/4 cup vegan butter
Rye & Hemp Cereal Crisp Topping
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
3/4 cup white spelt (or whole wheat pastry) flour
1/2 cup Uncle Sam’s Rye and Hemp Cereal flour (grind cereal into flour using a high-speed blender or food processor)
3/4 cup natural cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
Preheat oven to 375º F. Lightly butter a 2-quart ceramic or glass baking dish; set aside.
Stir the sugar and flour together in a large bowl. Fold in the apple slices and gently mix until all the slices are coated. Pour the apple filling into the prepared baking dish. Place small dots of vegan butter on top of the apples; set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the chopped walnuts, white spelt flour, rye & hemp cereal flour, sugar, and cinnamon together until thoroughly blended. Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture just until the mixture comes together with a crumbly texture. Top the apples with the crisp topping.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, rotating the pan once or twice for even browning, or until the crisp topping is golden brown and the apples are fully cooked and the edges of the crisp are bubbling.