Saturday, February 4, 2012

I just realized Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  While some folks think it is just about buying, others want to get gooey in their sharing of love.  I kinda like a day where it's cool to be crafty.  You could scrapbook a card, make a fun photo collage, use all the glitter you like, or bake up something sweet.  Don't worry, no candy hearts were eaten in the making of this blog or my cards.  I'm just having fun using them as materials like construction paper and glue.  You wouldn't eat those either.  Later I might just make a personal sized Apple Crisp though.  Here's the recipe so you can make one for you and your valentine.

Apple Crisp
6-8 Cups of thinly sliced organic apples (get a mixture of your favorites like Pink Lady, Roma, Granny Smith, etc. peels on or off, your choice.)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 T. arrowroot powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/2 C. organic brown rice syrup (or honey)
1 T. lemon juice
1 + tsp. vanilla


1 Cup Spelt or pastry flour (or 1/2 Cup plus 1/2 Cup unbleached white flour)
Pinch of sea salt
3 T. rice bran oil or safflower oil
3-4 T. brown rice syrup (or honey)

Pre-heat oven to 400°F
In a mixing bowl combine the apples with the arrowroot, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.  In a small bowl mix the lemon juice, vanilla, and 1/2 Cup of syrup and then stir into the apples.  Place mixture in a baking dish and cover with foil.  Bake for 45-50 minutes.  It will get bubbly so you might want to place something in your oven underneath in case of spillage.  While that is baking mix the 1 cup of flour with the salt and oil and then work in the sweetener to form a crumbly topping.  Remove the foil from the cooked apples and sprinkle the topping on top.  Put back in the oven for 10-15 minutes  to cook the topping just until brown.

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