Last week Sanders and I took a quick trip back to the Land O’ Lakes to take care of some business with our rental property. I was quickly reminded that I LOVE MINNESOTA FALLS… I really really love them! The weather was cool but warm- I know that sounds confusing, but it’s the best way I can describe it. The sun was bright, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the breeze was light and the air was crisp. One of my favorite Minnesota fall activities is apple picking. It brings back such fun memories of not only my own childhood, but the times we went picking with our boys! This trip I really wanted to venture to the orchard, but I just ran out of time. My Dad has a pretty old, but still fruit bearing, apple tree in his yard and Sanders thought it was so great to pick up the apples and eat them… He also love tossing them into the lake, driving over them with his toy lawnmower and smashing them on the driveway! Either way, he was having a blast! Whether you are able to pick fresh apples or buy some yummy varieties in your grocery store, I think you should definitely grab yourself some Honey Crisp or Sweet Tangos TODAY! OH and while you are at it, try out this snazzy apple crisp recipe!
SNAZZY APPLE CRISP
1-2 lemons (the zest and the juice)
1.5 cups of sugar
1.5 cups flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 stick of butter (cold)
2 pounds of apples, peeled, sliced and cored
Zest one to two of the lemons (one large or two small). Put the zest of the lemon and the sugar in a food processor or blender. Grind until very fine. Add the flour and all of the spices to this mixture. Add the cold butter and combine in the mixer. Set Aside
Slice all of the apples and place them in a casserole dish or baking pan. Squeeze the juice from the above lemon(s) all over the apples. Pour the crumb mixture from above (the topping) over the apples and pat it down. Bake this at 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.