Apple crisp in the
United Statesor Apple crumble as it is known in the United Kingdomis 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 rhubarbprovides a tart contrast to the apples. It is an easy to make and tasty alternative to apple pieand apple cobbler.
Apple crisp evolved in the
United Statesout 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 traditionespecially during the fall seasonor 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!!
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 crumbsor 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
applesare topped with a biscuit-like ( drop scone-like) batter made with flour, milk, butter, and leaveningagents. The topping is dropped onto the top of the applesin clumps, which have a 'cobbled' appearance, thus the name.
Apple crumble is a British variant of apple crisp that originated during
World War IIfood 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 crumblewith the fruit, else the filling may seep through and spoil this crust. Crumbleis traditionally served with custardor, nowadays ice cream.
Eve's puddingis a British dessert that is essentially a sponge cakeon top of the apples. The name may originate from the biblical reference to Eve and the applein the garden of Eden.
Dutch apple pie
* [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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