Thursday, October 15, 2015

Deliciously Fall

The crisp New England air is upon us once again. This time of year I instantly want to get cozy and start cooking hearty soups and baking delicious treats!  

I love the simple beauty of fall!

After our most recent visit to the apple orchard, and there have been a couple trips, I made a delicious apple crisp before my kids devoured the entire peck!
  Warm apples and pears (they're also in season) cinnamon, honey and brain boosting flax seed meal; this is a healthy twist to a fall favorite!

For the filling
6 medium anjou pears
4 medium macintosh apples
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour ( I used Gluten Free flour with xanthum gum already in it)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

For the topping:
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (again, I used Gluten Free)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats ( I used Gluten Free Oats)
2 stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks ( I used Earth's Balance vegan butter)
1/4 cup flax meal
1/2 cup light brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. To make the filling, peel and core the pears and apples, then cut them into large chunks.
3. In a large bowl, combine the chopped fruit, cranberries, lemon juice, flour, honey and spices.  Using a large spoon, mix gently to combine.  Set aside.
4. To make the topping, in a separate large bowl, combine the flour, oats, butter, flax meal, and sugar.  Using your hands, mix the dough together until it looks like large crumbles.
5. Pour apples and pear mixture into a 9 x 13" pan.  Top with crumble topping.
6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned and the fruit is tender and bubbling.
7. Serve warm.

This recipe is forgiving and flexible.  Add more or less fruit depending on your tastes.  As always I give you options to tailor recipes according to you and your family's particular needs.
I absolutely love this recipe and hope you and your family does too!

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