Warm Apple Crisp

Can you feel it, Fall is coming!

I’m so excited, one of my favorite seasons.  I love fall for all the yummies that come with it.  One of my all time favorite fall things to eat is apple crisp.  Warm apple crisp with a scoop of ice cream.

Its pretty simple to make and there are a TON of recipes out there, most that involved a lot of added sugar that I really wanted to avoid.  So after pouring over a bunch of recipes I finally settled on coming up with my own.  Trying to avoid having a huge batch sitting around all weekend tempting me to consume the whole thing I settled on making a small batch in an 8×8 square dish.  The aroma wafting towards me while this was baking in the oven not only had my mouth watering, but I was literally drooling!

You can use any kind of apples you have on hand, mainly Gala or McIntosh are pretty good.  I prefer Granny Smith because of the tartness, the contrast of the sweet/tart just explodes together.

Warm Apple Crisp

makes 3-4 servings

Granny Smith Apples – 2 to 3 medium-sized
Flour (whole wheat or all-purpose) – 1/2 cup
Oats – 1/2 cup (instant oats work best)
Brown Sugar – 2/3 cup
Butter – 1/2 cup (one stick) softened
Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Cut the apples into chunks.  Peeled or skin on the apples is your preference.

In another bowl, mix together flour, oats and brown sugar, next cut the butter into the dry mix using 2 forks.  In an 8×8 greased dish, spread the apples.  Top the apples with the flour mixture.  Place in the oven, uncovered, for 30 mins.  Check for doneness and topping should be firm/crunchy to the touch.  Remove from oven and let cool for 10 mins.

Scoop into bowls topped with a scoop vanilla ice cream.

 


Happy Eating!

~Nazia

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Toasted Sundaes,yes please!

I recently hosted a small dinner party with some of my besties, and the dinner turned out perfect.  While everyone was raving about the food, and I was racking my brain thinking of what to serve for dessert!  I had been so stressed about the fact that it had been raining all day long and I had planned to grill up some perfect steaks and bbq chicken for dinner, that I hadn’t really thought about dessert.  To be honestly, I was secretly praying that everyone would be too stuffed from the meal to pay any attention to dessert. And then I tuned back to the conversation which had taken a turn to excitement about ‘oh the food was so good, can’t wait to see what’s for dessert!’. Oh boy.

Luckily, I remembered that I had some pound cake in the freezer and quickly looked through the pantry to find the other fixings I needed to make sundaes. Hey, who doesn’t like a little ice cream & cake???

Toasted Sundaes for Sunday Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pound Cake – 1/2″ slices
Butter – 2 tbsp for cake 3 tbsp for bananas
Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup
Banana – sliced at a diagonal, as many as you please
Ice Cream – Vanilla or other preferred flavor
Walnuts – chopped optional
Chocolate Syrup – for drizzle
Maraschino Cherries – optional

To toasted the pound cake:
In a non-stick pan, melt 2 tbsps of butter, and add the cake slices. Toast on med-low heat for 2-3 mins, flip over and toast the other side. Remove from heat and set aside.
Note: The slices can be toasted in a toaster or in the oven.

To caramelize the bananas:
To the non-stick pan, melt 3 tbsps of butter, and add the brown sugar, mix until melted, add the banana slices. Brown the banana slices on med-low heat,keeping an eye on the bananas so the sugars don’t start burning. Flip over, once there is a nice brown glaze to the slices. Same for the other side, remove from heat when browned well.

To Assembly:
In an bowl, place the toasted cake slice at the bottom, add scoop(s) of ice cream, drizzle chocolate syrup, sprinkle with chopped walnuts, with a cherry on top!

Happy Eating!
~Nazia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dessert is inspired by a favorite offered Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Tan Ta Da Daa … Super brownies!

I’ve seen this recipe about 50 times on food blogs but they all have different names for it. “I just got dumped” brownies, Slutty brownies, Triple Goo brownies, etc etc. Call it what you will, it is incredibly delicious and extremely rich and decadent. It was the perfect dessert to end the night.

These super brownies contain a gooey cookie dough layer, an oreo layer, and a moist chocolatey brownie layer! While it all bakes together, the oreo retains some of the moisture from the cookie dough and the brownie mix and becomes utterly fabulous.

I’m drooling as we speak. Luckily I still have half a batch left! And you know what makes it EVEN BETTER? A scoop of vanilla ice cream, I prefer french vanilla with vanilla beans. I don’t know what it is about the beans but it makes it taste so much better … or is it all in my head? I don’t know but I think that it tastes waaaay better.

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And then drizzle some hot fudge over it or caramel or my new favorite topping, marshmallow puff. Mmm. That was accidental though. I meant to put a peanut butter drizzle (YUM!) over my brownies butt I made a silly mistake and popped the remaining peanut butter that was in it’s jar in the microwave. Surprise surprise, I left a little bit of the seal on the jar and I saw flashes of light from the corner of my eye. I felt like I was in slo mo or something because I saw a bunch of flashes and I quickly turned off the microwave. Whew. Saved the house from explosion!

Now, I could have made it from scratch but who has time when there was literally an hour left until I could break my fast and I just wanted to sit. Plus, I didn’t have any cocoa powder :] So I took the easy route and it was quick and well put together!

Super brownie bars

Serving size 15 – 16 brownies per recipe in a 9×9 dish

Betty Crocker cookie dough mix

  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter

Betty Crocker milk chocolate brownie mix

  • 3 tbsp water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

Oreos

Wax paper to line baking dish

Cooking oil spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat the dark nonstick baking dish lightly with oil spray. This is so that the wax paper can stick to the dish without any hassle. Take a piece of wax paper a little larger than the baking dish and press against the walls of the dish. The excess is necessary for easy pulling.

In a large bowl, combine the cookie mix and put into the baking dish. Then take oreos and align them however you want. The more the better!

In the same bowl, combine the ingredients for the brownie mix. Pour over the cookie dough and oreos covering every nook possible.

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Pop into the oven for 45 minutes and serve right away, top it with ice cream for extra deliciousness!

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