Yesterday I focused solely on food in order to banish the kitchen banshee that was ruining my life. For me the best place to begin to get grounded is to bake comfort food. I pulled out Rachel’s Allen’s Bake and discovered her Apple and Oat Crumble recipe. It was easy to make and you could make individual crumbles which is what I was looking for. Perfect!
Rachel cooks her apples first over the stove with some sugar and water. I added a little brandy and at the end just a splash of fresh lemon juice. You have to let them cool off a bit before adding the crumble topping.
Instead of my fingers I brought the flour and butter together using a pastry cutter before adding cinnamon, oats and brown sugar.
This is where the recipe did not come together, the crumble was too dry and powdery and I had lots leftover and I do not like waste so I am not typing up the recipe since I can not in good conscience recommend it.
It was good but it was not perfect. There was not enough oats to give it that hearty comforting texture. Also, I had to broil them in order for the crumble topping to finally brown. The apples were already cooked through, I did not want them to overcook! My favourite recipe of this kind is still The Barefoot Contessa’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp.
Last night we had chicken enchiladas for dinner with Spanish rice. Then I made herbal tea which we sipped with our individual apple crisps and I felt better. I made a regular dinner that required no thinking and a dessert that even though it was not everything I had hoped for, still tasted like home and love.
Nothing like a day of baking to make a foodie feel better!