Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

This simple rustic apple & pear crisp comes from The Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine. I subscribe to their emails and receive their recipe of the week and almost daily informative articles. I love what they stand for in the way of health and animals rights. They are against the use of animals in medical and scientific experimentation and have fought hard to eliminate the use of animals in schools, universities and labs across America. They embrace a plant based diet and promote it as the preferred diet to prevent and reverse many health issues. They've made great strides for both humans and animals. By promoting new ways of thinking and changing old outdated systems their work is a most positive breath of fresh air! I thank PCRM for everything they do as their work is extremely important. To find out more about their inspiring work please take a moment to watch this short video (be warned it may bring a few tears): Opening the Doors to Compassion

I'm happy to share one of their recipes here and have a few others in mind from their collection as well. This recipe was actually shared back in September, I bookmarked it and decided to finally give it a try. It was delicious! I've always loved apple crisps, or crumbles as they are referred to in the UK and Australia. They're just one of those simple pleasures that I've never tired of. Something about the soft apples, cinnamon and crispy oatmeal topping that I just love. And with the abundance of apples and pears this time of year it seems the perfect time to enjoy these fall fruits together. This was even a hit with my daughter who said she'd like to have this around the house more often. I changed the recipe slightly, you can find the original here. This would be good with a scoop of vanilla non-dairy ice cream and extra cinnamon on top. I didn't add any here but feel free to add a scoop to your bowl. Alone this crisp is healthy as can be. Not only does it make a great dessert but it can double as a nice breakfast idea as well. I can literally sit and eat this all day long!

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

Pick your favorite apples and pears. I love Fuji apples for their sweetness and crispness, and I also added a granny smith for tartness and variation. Pears can be a variety or simply a few of the same. 

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

Wash, core and dice your apples. I prefer to leave the skin on but feel free to peel your apples. Mix your apples and pears with lemon or lime juice, cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon, mix well. I didn't have any fresh lemons on hand and used a bottled lime juice I had available. If you find yourself in this situation, the lime juice will do just fine. You can also mix this right in your baking dish making for one less dish to wash.

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

Layer your apples, top with granola mixture and bake...

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

Once done, let cool and share the love! 

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

Rustic Apple & Pear Crisp

Ingredients 
  • 3 medium apples, cored and chopped (peel if you prefer)
  • 3 medium pears, cored and chopped (peel if you prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or organic pure cane sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
Topping
  • 1 3/4 cup quick or regular oats (I used quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup almond meal, optional
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon mineral salt
  • cinnamon, to garnish 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Wash apples well. Slice, core and dice apples and pears. In a large bowl (or right in your baking dish), combine apples, pears, lemon juice, cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon. Mix well and layer into a 9 x 9 baking dish. 

In a medium size bowl, combine oats, almond meal, walnuts, maple syrup, vanilla and salt, mix well. Spread oat mixture evenly over the apples and sprinkle with a little cinnamon. 

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, or until apples and pears are fork tender. Let cool 5 - 10 minutes before serving. 

Serves 6 generously. 

Notes: 

Make gluten free by using gluten free oats. 

Feel free to use almonds, pecans or other nuts and seeds of choice in place of the walnuts.  

Peel your apples if you prefer. I leave the skin on for the fiber and less work. Plus I love the rustic look and different colors the skin brings to the dish. If serving for everyday I won't bother to peel the apples but if serving for company I may consider peeling them. You may also like to dice your apples a little smaller than shown or cut them into thin to medium slices.

Add fresh cranberries for a splash of color. This is especially nice around the fall & winter holiday's.

Change the recipe to just be an apple crisp if you like, or vice versa. 

From my heart to yours...Enjoy!

13 comments :

  1. That selection of fruit is so pretty! I've never seen a pear that lovely purple colour before.
    Of course I love a crisp, especially using maple syrup :)

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    1. Thank you! I've never seen the purple pears until a few years ago myself. It's really good too!

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  2. I think this is commonly called a crumble(?) Whatever, I love love love crumbles. This looks utterly lovely.

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    1. Yes, in the UK and Australia, this would be referred to as a crumble. Here in the US and Canada it's commonly known as a crisp. Thank you! It's really delicious. :)

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  3. Thanks for info on PCRM, looks like a really worthwhile organization!

    Plus the recipe of course :)

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  4. Gloomy day here in Chicago, so luckily I had all these ingredients. The smell wafting through the kitchen when the kids come home from school will be so welcoming! Thanks for today's timely post!

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    1. I love the way you expressed that. The smell is wonderful...I have it wafting through the air as I type. I hope everyone loved it! Cheers :)

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  5. just popped it in the oven ...thanks so much for passing along the recipe, I did not add the sugar to the apples , keeping my fingers crossed that it will still be yummy !!

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  6. OMG; this is such a simple yet genius idea, I'm in love with it and can't wait to try it out soon. It's time for this comforting hearty treats. Thank you and congratulations, loving the pictures! :-)

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  7. Looks like a good Thanksgiving option! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  8. Kudos to The Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine, love how they stand for in the way of health & animal rights, thank you. Fuji apples are pretty tasty, I also love Brabeburn apples, they are really tasty in curried kale salads. Such beautiful rustic apple & pear crisp, thank you for sharing a wonderful autumn recipe!

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  9. i made this last weekend and i'm still enjoying it! i did not have maple syrup, so i used organic wildflower honey. also, i omitted the almond meal and the sugars-and i substituted cashews for the walnuts. it was very yummy, but i did top it with cool whip-since i cannot find a suitable substitute for that! thank you for all these great recipes, it's made a world of difference for me!!

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