One thing I’m extremely guilty of is putting off baking or cooking until the very last possible minute. Don’t pretend like you don’t do it too.
You do every step in the recipe, throw the tray in the oven and then, as you wait for your perfect fluffy pieces of Heaven to be done cooking, start thinking of what the name of your cooking show is going to be. Honestly, Rachel Ray has nothing on you.
The timer goes off, you open the oven door and pull out something that looks like this . . .
Your brain stops working as you stare, open mouthed at that monstrosity.
When your brain finally kicks into high-gear again, your first thought is most likely a colorful 4-letter word that your phone always changes to ‘duck’. Quickly followed by, ugh, cleaning this up is going to be the worst thing I’ve ever had to do and holy crap, I need to have something baked and ready to go in an hour.
Let’s be honest. We’ve all been here.
When this happens to me I go to my “In Case of Emergency Recipe”. There are no weird, fancy ingredients – it uses everything I always have in my house. Plus, it’s much healthier than almost any other baked good you’d make.
You will need:
- Crumb top:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter (softened)
- Apple filling:
- 3-4 large apples, peeled and sliced (or 5-6 lunchbox apples)
- 3 Tbs butter, melted
- 2 Tbs flour
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 3 Tbs milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix together all the crumb toppings with a fork until it resembles small crumbs.
Put the bowl in the refrigerator while you prepare your apple filling.
Peel and slice your apples and put in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine melted butter and flour.
Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and mix well. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon.
Pour butter mixture over apples and toss.
Pour apple mixture in a greased baking dish.
Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the apples.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the crumb topping is golden brown and set.
Scoop out and serve plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
By far one of the easiest and quickest recipes in my recipe book but it tastes like an old family recipe that’s been passed down for generations.
Everyone I’ve ever served it to has loved it but I promise it will be our little secret that it’s really our I.C.E. recipe. *wink*
Just be sure to hide the evidence of the catastrophic first attempt.