Apple crisp

Apple crisp in the United States or Apple crumble as it is known in the United Kingdom is a dessert consisting of baked apples topped with a crispy crust. Ingredients usually include cooked apples, butter, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and often oats and brown sugar, ginger, and/or nutmeg. Many different kinds of fruit can substituted for apples, such as peaches, berries, pears, etc. One of the most common variants is 'apple rhubarb crisp/crumble', in which the rhubarb provides a tart contrast to the apples. It is an easy to make and tasty alternative to apple pie and apple cobbler.

History

Apple crisp evolved in the United States out of other apple dishes such as apple pudding, apple cobbler and apple pie. However, apple crisp is a relatively new invention. It is notably absent from the first edition of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook (1896), which is a comprehensive collection of American recipes. The earliest reference to apple crisp in print occurs in 1924, with a recipe in the "Everybody's Cook Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery", Isabel Ely Lord [Harcout Brace and Company: New York] 1924 (p. 239). In the same year, it also makes an appearance in a newspaper article in the "Appleton Post Crescent" on Tuesday, December 9, 1924 (Appleton,Wisconsin). Despite its relatively recent invention, apple crisp or crumble has become an American and British tradition especially during the fall season or Autumn when apples are plentiful. The dish is also very popular in Canada, especially in areas where berries and fruit are readily available. It even graces the menus of discerning restaurants in the aforementioned countries.

Easy Recipe:1 pkg instant maple brown sugar oatmeal1/2 cup pecan pieces2 tbs brown sugar1 tbs cinnamon1 large apple 1 tbs butter

Cut apple into bite size chunks. Place apple, butter,sugar,cinnamon,pecans and oatmeal in microwave safe bowl. Put bowl in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir. Put back in microwave for 1 more minute. Let stand 5 minutes and enjoy!!

Variants

There are a number of desserts that employ apples with sweet toppings. Apple Brown Betty (or apple pudding) consists of alternating layers of apples and sweetened buttered bread crumbs or crackers, often with a sauce.

Apple cobbler (also known as apple slump, apple grunt, and apple pandowdy) is an old recipe in which the baked apples are topped with a biscuit-like (drop scone-like) batter made with flour, milk, butter, and leavening agents. The topping is dropped onto the top of the apples in clumps, which have a 'cobbled' appearance, thus the name.

Apple crumble is a British variant of apple crisp that originated during World War II food rationing. The topping is also made of butter, flour, oats, etc, but it is smoother and resembles breadcrumbs. Care must be taken to balance the correct amount of crumble with the fruit, else the filling may seep through and spoil this crust. Crumble is traditionally served with custard or, nowadays ice cream.

Finally Eve's pudding is a British dessert that is essentially a sponge cake on top of the apples. The name may originate from the biblical reference to Eve and the apple in the garden of Eden.

ee also

* Crumble
* Cobbler (food)
* Apple Pie
* Dutch apple pie
* Eve's pudding
* Cottage Pudding

External links

* [http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodpies.html#applepie Food Timeline history Notes: Apple Pie]
* [http://southernfood.about.com/od/applecrisps/r/bl11014d.htm Apple Crisp Recipe from About.com]
* [http://joyofbaking.com/AppleCrisp.html Apple Crisp Recipe from Joy of Baking]


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