I am always making things for my family and friends that I do not or cannot eat. It’s just life. Usually I don’t complain, but once in a while, I get fed up with overloading my olfactory senses with cinnamon rolls or chocolate chip cookies. On those days, I search for a gluten free, alternatively sweetened dessert. And look out if anyone gets in my way before that craving is satisfied!
Recently I took the following recipe and made it “legal” for me. I haven’t paid for the “Easy Recipe PLUS plug-in” so I had to put all of the gluten free changes in the notes of the recipe below. I used a small Corningware dish, hoping to make a two serving dessert. And it was two servings…if you count a 15 minute break half-way through eating it as a definite division of servings. Like I said, don’t get between me and my occasional dessert!
- 6 peeled, sliced apples
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Spread apples in greased 8 X 8 pan.
- Sprinkle with sugar and water.
- Mix the remaining ingredients and spread over apples.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until apples are tender and juice is thick.
Gluten Free alternative: use gluten free oatmeal and 2 Tbsp of sorghum flour in the topping.
Sugar Alternative: Skip the white sugar and water in the apples. Substitute palm sugar for the brown sugar in the topping.
It’s a little pale. I decided to try an experiment in the making of this Crisp. I skipped the “mix the topping ingredients with a pastry blender until crumbly and sprinkle on top of apples” part. Instead, I layered the whole thing: apples, cinnamon, gf flour, gf oats, palm sugar and melted butter. Then, because it wasn’t getting brown, (duh! because the butter had dribbled to the bottom!), I accidentally baked it until those apples were baby food texture. I am now telling you from experience, don’t skip the blending part. Although I was satiated and won’t require another apple dessert until at least…October, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have.
It’s also pale because I poured about 3 Tbsp of heavy cream over the entire thing when it came out of the oven. You could always top it with ice cream or whipped cream, but I like the slightly soggy effect of straight cream.