Autumn Apples


Yesterday I shared about our super fun ladies night!  Of course you can't have an amazing gals night without amazing food.  Since it is Autumn here in Australia, I decided to make some of my favourite Autumn dishes including apple crisp and apple cider.  

Here's the problem.  I struggled to find the ingredients I would normally use in order to make both of these dishes (story of my life here in the land down under), so I made up the two recipes and they turned out pretty fabulous.  I would love to share the recipes with ya!

Spiced Apple Cider
3 liters apple cider
3 cups orange juice
3 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 a lemon sliced.

Super simple!  Just combine all the ingredients in a stock pot on the stove and head until boiling.  Then shut off and put the lid on the top.  Let it set for a couple hours so all of the flavors can be absorbed.  Then, when ready to serve, simply turn back on the burner briefly.  

I love making this dish, because the whole house smells incredible!

I don't know about you, but I have a really bad habit of buying a bag of apples and eating all but one or two, which then those one or two seem to become lost somewhere in the fridge.  After a couple weeks of this, I find I have about 5 apples lying around in my fridge, all different types, textures, and tart levels.  That's when I usually make some sort of apple crisp.  It is a great way to use up a lot of those apples, even some that may have been rolling around in the fridge a bit too long and have lost that perfect crisp level.  

Caramel Apple Crisp
(the caramel apple filling)
5 apples peeled and diced
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water

(the oatmeal crisp)
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup oats
1 tablespoon cinnamon

(the extra buttery topping)
1/4 cup butter melted
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Being by making the caramel apple filling
1. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a pot on the stove and then whisk in the 3 tablespoons of flour to create a paste.  
2. Now add the 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup water.  Stir.
3.  Add the diced and peeled apples and let simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
4. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.

Next make the oatmeal crisp topping.  
1. Simply combine 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 cup flour, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup oats, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.  The mixture will be course.
2. Sprinkle over the caramel apple pie filling in the 9x13 pan.  

Finally, add the extra butter topping.
1. Drizzle the 1/4 cup melted butter over the top of the crisp
2. Sprinkle the top with the 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

Bake on 350 for 45 minutes.  Best served warm and with ice cream (of course).

I can't believe I didn't snag a final pic of this dish.  It turned out so well, we just gobbled it up.  woops.

Mmmm, so much applelicious goodness!  I hope you will enjoy these two recipes!   Christy

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