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Apple Crisp

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I think my heart has a special portion just dedicated to all things seasonal, maybe about 30% of it. I’d say more, but Harry Potter references do hold quite a stock in there too. A part of this is being that person that dedicates everything to welcoming the autumn season. This includes wearing boots, looking for pumpkins, and yes, baking. I will say that I won’t fall subject to being a pumpkin spice fanatic (the hype for that is TOO much!) but I’m all for apples, cinnamon, etc. I saw Karlie Kloss’s video that inspired me to give apple crisp a try, then post it here in a blog rather than its original video format. The resulting taste was definitely worth it and the hardest part of this recipe was just having to wait while it was in the oven. Have at it!

Ingredients

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Filling –

  • Sliced & peeled apples — 4 cups
    I used about three apples. Maybe four.
  • Lemon juice — 2 teaspoons
  • Maple Syrup — 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla — 1 teaspoon
  • Ground nutmeg — 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon — 1/4 teaspoon

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Topping –

  • Almond flour — 1/2 cup
  • Oats — 1/2 cup
    The original recipe calls for them to be gluten-free. I don’t really care so I just used regular rolled oats
  • Ground nutmeg — 1 teaspoon
  • Maple syrup — 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Coconut oil — 1/3 cup
    Don’t have the oil be in liquid form, but also not totally hard. In the middle is perfect.

The original recipe doesn’t list any type of sugar in the topping ingredients, but when replaying the video, it sounds like 1/3 cup of date sugar is added even though it’s not listed. I didn’t add it to my recipe, but I did lightly sprinkle regular sugar on top of the apple crisp before placing it in the oven.

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place apples in small pan. I did barely spray olive oil in the pan beforehand in fear that the mixture would stick.
  3. Add the rest of the filling ingredients (lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon) and toss around till it’s evenly spread over all the apples.
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  4. In another bowl, combine the topping ingredients  except for the oil (flour, oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maple syrup) and mix. Add in oil afterward and mix evenly.
  5. Place topping over apples.
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  6. Bake for about 35 minutes.

Enjoy! I was pleasantly surprised by this and from now on will definitely reach for crisp recipes rather than pie. Don’t hate me, but I’ve always been more of a cake girl rather than pie, though this is a happy alternative for me.

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Autumn Candles

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How is is that SoCal has still not registered that it is late September and Autumn begins in two days? I understand this part of the globe does not believe in four seasons, but still, it’s always nice to open your mind to new ideas and beliefs, okay LA? Okay. Even though SoCal is stubbornly insistent that it must remain summer outside, the inside of my home will definitely start feeling the coming fall weather, beginning with candles.

I am gradually transitioning to more autumnal scents, as two of my favorite candles still have summer-themed aromas. These are two from Target, and I highly recommend: Cucumber Water and Melon Mint. I’d describe them, but really, their titles say it all. The Melon Mint does smell sweeter than the Cucumber Water, while the latter does has a fresher scent than the former.

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The three more autumnal candles are all from Bath & Body Works (because what else, amiright?). I wasn’t quite sure which of their massive collection to purchase, so I opted for two of their medium candles to give them a try. The Autumn candle is probably my favorite and it’s described in their packaging as a “crisp fragrance that celebrates classic autumn in red delicious apple, rich cedar wood and green basalm.” If walking outside on a crisp fall morning had a scent, this would be it. No kidding. The second one I picked up was Pumpkin Pie, which is described as  “delicious autumnal blend of creamy pumpkin, whipped vanilla, and flaky pie crust that’s as sweet as your pumpkin pie.” Now I don’t know who Bath & Body had working for them, but that description delivers. It is a lot sweeter than the Autumn candle, and for my preference, too sweet to be in another room besides the kitchen. There, it’s perfect.

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Marshmallow Fireside is easily one of my favorites. I believe this belongs more in their winter range. I actually found it in storage from last year, though I have been burning it nonstop so I’ll need to be replacing it soon. It’s described as a “sweet-tasty end to a long cole day.” Though this one also smells more sweet than spicy, it doesn’t remind me so much of actual food as the Pumpkin Pie one.

I’ve been loving the variety of scents this year so I’m excited to see what I’ll pick up next, although I hope that by then LA has at least gotten an idea of what “cold” is supposed to feel like.

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