Is it just me who felt Ramadan and Eid just came and went? I didn’t even realize that the 30 days of Ramadan passed by without even letting us think too much. True, it began with doubts about how the days are going to be without the masjids open, without the Tharaweeh and the Qiyamulails… And then Eid came with a doubt of how it is going to be without the Takbeers and the Eid prayers. Before we could even think too much, it just came and went. My SIL and I made breakfast the previous day, the usual ela ada and chicken cutlet. I was wondering if we could at least go and see my ammayi, but when she said a “no”, we decided against it. We then settled for a lunch of mutton biriyani and chicken fry along with the usual suspects, and then called it a day.
Even though we absolutely had no mood to move out, we went out for a drive, picked up some plants for the balcony and came back before the curfew was on. Moving out with masks and gloves aren’t very comfortable, so the girls weren’t also keen on moving out as such. Some phone calls, Whassap messaging and voice messages made up this Eid instead of personal interactions. I am sure that this Eid will be etched in everyone’s mind as one that was really different from all that we have spent our lifetime. I sincerely wish the next Eid isn’t this way as well… Many of us are really missing the interactions and get togethers, I am sure…
I love baking with fruits and surely apples feature among them. I do have a lot of apple desserts already on the blog like this apple almond pudding and the apple pie pudding. While a casual browsing, I chanced upon this apple crisp recipe that I really wanted to try. But then I was wondering if it was the same as the apple crumble. After a little bit of googling, I realized the major difference between both these desserts is the use of oats in crisp which is missing in the crumble. A fruit crumble would usually have a buttery flour based crumble on top of the fruit base, while the crisp would have an addition of oats to the crumble dough, to make it crispier. I know the difference is so miniscule but yeah, we can take it. 😉
What I love about these apple crisps are that they make you feel less guilty when compared to most of the desserts. It has a big quantity of apple, very miniscule amount of butter and the topping is made healthier with the addition of the oats. At a time when we have overeaten during Ramadan and Eid, this dessert seems to be the perfect fodder for those sweet cravings without adding too much to your waistline. Apart from chopping the apples, everything else comes together well. What more, it is a dessert to be eaten warm, so top it up with some ice cream and caramel sauce, or maybe some cold custard and get going! Off to the recipe…
- 3 large apples, peeled and chopped
- 30 gm butter, melted
- 1½ tbsp all purpose flour
- Juice of one lime
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 heaped tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- FOR CRUMB:
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- A dash of cinnamon powder
- A pinch of salt
- 30 gm cold butter
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Keep a small bowl ready.
- Rub all the ingredients under "for crumb" and keep in the fridge.
- Peel and chop the apple into small peices. Combine all the ingredients together and mix well.
- Spread into the bowl. Top with the prepared crumble.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes till the top looks done.
- Allow to cool for around 10 minutes. Serve warm with cream, ice cream or caramel sauce.